Originally Posted by puga_ni_nana
i believe this is because he was fighting a faster opponent who keeps on moving out of cotto's position (during the exchanges in the brawl). cotto would of course look sloppy when exchanging with the faster pac. he didn't look sloppy in the first two rounds until the knockdown. and after the 2nd kd in the fourth, the will to fight was completely gone.
his corner nor even cotto has no real way of knowing if pac was really hurt or just playing possum (which is the actual case) on why pac suddenly covered up in round 2. even roach thinks it's a stupid idea from pac (at that time) siting cotto's ability to pour on the body. cotto instinctively just followed his guts and play the predator's role in almost his every fight while pac measuring what cotto can unleash.
pac took on everything that cotto can possibly give that night and it was not enough.
He wasn't sloppy because Manny was faster, he was just sloppy. Judah, Mosley, Torres...all fast hard-hitting fighters. Again, Manny did lots of things to nullify Cotto, but Cotto was unprepared to side-step or tighten his punches or feint, etc.