Unless you’re playing hockey in Manitoba’s Selkirk Arena — aptly nicknamed “the Barn” — sports and farm animals rarely intertwine.
Manny Pacquiao summoned bovine intervention in the final moments of his Welterweight bout against Oscar de la Hoya last December. As the Fightin’ Filipino rejoiced his victory over the Golden Boy on the Las Vegas canvas, HBO commentator Jim Lampley dubbed Pacquiao as the “bell cow” of his pugilistic generation.
The Bell Cow leaves the barn again tonight when Pacquiao climbs back into the ring for another Welterweight bout; this time versus Miguel Cotto.
Old McDonald gives his pre-fight assessment of Lampley’s Bell Cow:
“Pundits who say that Manny Pacquiao is nothing more than a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” really gets my goat.
There are some folks who tell us — those of us that think the Filipino is the cock of the walk — that we shouldn’t count our chickens before they hatch. They say that ‘even a blind pig finds an acorn every once in a while.’
Hold your horses. His career 49-3-2 record suggests an endless row of lambs being led to the slaughterhouse.
You’ll see tonight that Pacquiao is the best pound-for-pound fighter when he grabs the bull by the horns.”