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Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto Post Fight Press Conference

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Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto Video Recap

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Pacquioa vs Cotto: Fight Recap

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 08:13:00 +0000

Pacquiao knocks out Cotto in 12th. Manny Pacquiao put on yet another dominating performance Saturday night, knocking down Miguel Cotto twice in the first four rounds and turning his face into a bloody mess before finally stopping him 55 seconds into the 12th round.

Pacquiao used his blazing speed and power from both hands to win his seventh title in seven weight classes and cement his stature as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Cotto took such a beating that his face was a river of red from the fury of Pacquiao’s punches.

Pacquiao dropped Cotto with a right hand early in the third round, but he wasn’t badly hurt and came back to finish the round strong. But after Pacquiao put Cotto on the canvas with a big left hand as Cotto was advancing forward late in the fourth round, Cotto was never the same again.

Cotto fought gamely but in the later rounds he was just trying to survive as blood flowed down his face and Pacquiao kept coming after him relentlessly.


Pacquiao batters Cotto for TKO win

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 08:11:00 +0000

By Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports 2 hours, 17 minutes ago

LAS VEGAS – Manny Pacquiao staked his claim atop boxing’s mythical throne as the pound-for-pound best, using his lightning hand speed to beat and batter Miguel Cotto into submission Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Pacquiao knocked Cotto down once in the third round and again in the fourth, pummeled him repeatedly and easily lifted the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt from the Puerto Rican with a 12th-round stoppage. The time was 55 seconds into the final round, as referee Kenny Bayless leaped between the fighters to save Cotto a more savage beating and ignominious end.

Cotto came out strong and landed some hard punches, but Cotto couldn’t deal with the speed. Pacquiao was landing three shots for every two Cotto did early. After the knockdown in the fourth, Cotto’s offense was nonexistent as he spent most of the last two thirds of the fight fending off Pacquiao’s onslaught.

Cotto landed in single digits in power shots in every round from the fifth forward.

Pacquiao nearly had the stoppage after the 11th when Cotto trainer Joe Santiago walked onto the ring apron and waved his hand at Bayless.

It appeared he was going to stop the fight, but then Bayless and ringside physician James Game spoke and allowed it to continue. It was only extending the misery as Pacquiao poured it on in the 12th.

When the fight ended, the crowd began to chant, “We want Floyd!” It was a reference to Floyd Mayweather Jr., the other man with a claim to the top of the boxing pound-for-pound list.

Pacquiao, who has won championship belts in five divisions and beat the linear champion in two others, can no longer be knocked as a small man who was beating washed up fighters.

In Cotto, he took on an elite and powerful welterweight whose only loss came under suspicious circumstances to Antonio Margarito last year. There is suspicion that Margarito’s gloves were loaded for that fight, though it has never been proven.

But Pacquiao proved he was able to not only take a welterweight punch, but rock him repeatedly. It was a magnificent performance and will create public demand for a fight with Mayweather.

“I want to see him fight Mayweather,” Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said.

Santiago said Pacquiao hit harder and was stronger than expected. Cotto injured his left shoulder in the eighth.


Pacquiao stops Cotto to win 7th title

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 08:07:00 +0000

By TIM DAHLBERG, AP Boxing Writer 1 hour, 11 minutes agoLAS VEGAS (AP)—Manny Pacquiao’s speed and power were way too much for Miguel Cotto’s heart.Pacquiao put on yet another dominating performance Saturday night, knocking down Cotto twice and turning his face into a bloody mess before finally stopping him at 55 seconds of the 12th round.The Filipino star used his blazing speed and power from both hands to win his seventh title in seven weight classes and cement his stature as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. Cotto took such a beating that his face was a river of red from the fury of Pacquiao’s punches, but he refused to quit even as his corner tried to throw in the towel after the 11th round.“I didn’t know from where the punches were coming,” Cotto said.The fight was billed as a 145-pound classic, and in the early rounds it didn’t disappoint. The two went after each other with a vengeance and Cotto more than held his own as they traded punches in the center of the ring before a roaring sellout crowd at the MGM Grand arena.Pacquiao dropped Cotto with a right hand early in the third round, but he wasn’t badly hurt and came back to finish the round strong. But after Pacquiao put Cotto on the canvas with a big left hand late in the fourth round, the Puerto Rican was never the same again.Cotto won two rounds on the scorecards of two ringside judges and just one round on the card of the third. The Associated Press gave Cotto just the first round.“Our plan was not to hurry, but to take our time,” Pacquiao said. “It was a hard fight tonight and I needed time to test his power.”Cotto’s face was marked early and he was bleeding midway through the fight as Pacquiao kept bouncing around and throwing punches in his unorthodox southpaw style. He tried to keep taking the fight to Pacquiao, but by then his punches had lost their sting and his only real chance was to land a big punch from nowhere.“He hit harder than we expected and he was a lot stronger than we expected,” Cotto’s trainer, Joe Santiago, said.Cotto fought gamely, but in the later rounds he was just trying to survive as blood flowed down his face and Pacquiao came after him relentlessly. Santiago tried to stop the fight after the 11th round, but Cotto went back out to take even more punishment before a final flurry along the ropes prompted referee Kenny Bayless to end it.Cotto’s wife and child, who were at ringside, left after the ninth round, unable to watch the beating any longer. They later accompanied him to a local hospital for a post-fight examination.“My health comes first. I just want to make sure I’m fine, but I feel great. I’m swollen but that’s all,” Cotto said.His face swollen, Cotto was bleeding from his nose and his cuts, and he simply couldn’t stop Pacquiao from bouncing inside and throwing both hands at will.“Manny Pacquiao is one of the best boxers I ever fought,” Cotto said.Pacquiao, coming off of spectacular wins over Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton, added another one against Cotto, who had lost only once and held the WBO version of the welterweight title.Pacquiao did it in his trademark way, throwing punches in flurries and from all angles until Cotto began to slow down. Then he pursued him nonstop until the end.The fight likely will set up an even bigger one against Floyd Mayweather Jr., and many in crowd were already chanting, “We want Floyd! We want Floyd.”“I want to see him fight Mayweather,” trainer Freddie Roach said.Mayweather may have second thoughts after Pacquiao did what no fighter has done before—win a belt in a seventh weight class. More impressive, though, is how he has fought, dismantling opponents despite moving up consistently from 106 pounds to the 144 he weighed for the fight.The welterweight ranks will be the last ones Pacquiao conquers, though.“This is the last weight division for me,” Pacquiao said. “It’s history[...]

It's a TKO win by Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao

Sun, 15 Nov 2009 05:41:00 +0000

Manny Pacquiao 144 defeated Miguel Cotto 145 via TKO (Referee Stoppage) Round 12 for the WBO welterweight championship/WBC Diamond belt. Congratz to all Filipinos! Mabuhay!

Stay tuned for the photos and videos of the actual fight will be post here in awhile. Thanks and happy reading.

Manny Pacquiao's Greatest Hits

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Miguel Cotto's Greatest Hits

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Manny Pacquiao hoping for Miguel Cotto KO to carve a place in boxing history

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:49:00 +0000

By Gareth A Davies, Boxing Correspondent
Published: 7:00AM GMT 14 Nov 2009

Yet Pacquiao is the man with momentum and he could rewrite the history books by becoming the only prize fighter in history to claim seven world titles in seven weight divisions if he defeats Cotto.

Cotto, who has 34 wins (27 KOs) and just one defeat to his name, is beloved by the Puerto Rican nation and as much a symbol of machismo and humility as Pacquiao is in the Philippines.

He faces the man who is regarded as the best pound-for-pound boxer on the planet in the wake of the Filipino's eight-round demolition of Oscar de la Hoya 11 months ago and the second-round flattening of Britain's Ricky Hatton in May.

Pacquiao, who has won 49 fights (37 KOs) and lost three, appears unstoppable. What has been startling is Pacquiao's ability to carry his power up the divisions. Both De La Hoya and Hatton were bigger men, yet De La Hoya at welterweight and Hatton at light-welterweight were dismantled by the speed of the tenacious southpaw.

Cotto is a slow starter, and if he cannot find a way to be the aggressor in a fight, he sits back and counter-punches. He also sets clever traps for opponents and although his handspeed and movement are slower than Pacquiao's, he will be dangerous in later rounds.

Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said: "Manny is moving up a weight class but I am very confident in my guy and we are 100 per cent ready for this fight. I feel that he is going to knock Cotto out."

Cotto is unperturbed. "What they say and what they do does not concern me," he said. "I'm going home with the belt."

Pacquiao said: "This is the most important fight of my career. If I win, it will be history for boxing and for the Philippines."


Pacquiao, Cotto prepare for Saturday's showdown

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:47:00 +0000


Few would argue that the welterweight division has become boxing's most talented weight class. When experts analyze the sport's best ``pound-for-pound'' fighters, welterweights dominate most top 10 lists.

Manny Pacquiao is relatively new to the division but intends on adding more accomplishments in an already successful career. Recognized with established welterweight Floyd Mayweather Jr. as one of boxing's top fighters, Pacquiao opted for a difficult foe in his bid for another world title Saturday night.

Pacquiao will take on Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto for his World Boxing Organization title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, in another highly-anticipated bout in the welterweight division.

``It's going to be a great fight between two great fighters,'' Pacquiao said at a press conferece Wednesday.

Like Mayweather, Cotto is another welterweight considered among the sport's top-10 fighters. Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) realizes the possible riches and additional prestige that could follow if he defeats Pacquiao in the second defense of his 147-pound title.

The winner of the bout should become the logical opponent against Mayweather in a mega-fight likely to occur next year.

``My career has to continue no matter who wants to fight or not to fight Miguel Cotto,'' Cotto said. ``I am here for the big names and ready for the hot opponents.

``That's what boxing needs -- for the guys at the top to fight other guys at the top, like it was 20 years ago. Make the fights that fans want to watch.''

Pacquiao, a native of the Philippines who won his first world title as a flyweight, has fought top fighters such as Marquez, Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales while also capturing belts in the super-bantamweight, featherweight and super-featherweight classes. The 30-year-old Pacquiao will pursue his seventh title against Cotto.

``I feel stronger at this weight than I ever have,'' Pacquiao said. ``My punches are harder, my speed is intact. I keep getting warned about Cotto's body attack. Cotto should be worried about my body attack.''

Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) has fought only one time above 140 pounds, when he gradually broke down Oscar De La Hoya and forced him to quit on his stool after the eighth round of their much-ballyhooed bout last December. Six months ago, Pacquiao returned to the junior-welterweight class and knocked out England's Ricky Hatton in two rounds.

``Miguel Cotto is a hard puncher and strong,'' Pacquiao said. ``He's the champion so there is a challenge.''

Cotto, 29, believes he has made the separation from his lone career loss against Antonio Margarito in July 2008.

Cotto overcame the brutal 11th-round technical knockout loss to Margarito with victories over Michael Jennings for the WBO belt in February and a hard-fought decision over Joshua Clottey five months ago.

``I know what I'm capable of doing, and there is no doubt in my mind that I'm going to win this fight,'' Cotto said.

``I've prepared for the best Manny Pacquiao, the fastest Manny Pacquiao, and I will be ready for anything he brings in to the ring.''


Don't write off Cotto.. we're in for hell of a showdown

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:45:00 +0000

By Barry Mcguigan 14/11/2009

Manny Pacquiao versus Miguel Cotto.

No disrespect to David Haye and last week's big clash with Nikolai Valuev, but this should be a fight to savour.

The experts are falling in behind Pacquiao. They see in him as a boxer at his peak or even getting better, a pound-forpound superstar. Cotto is seen as a fighter on the slide.

I'm not so sure. I respect the opinion of those closer to the action who claim Cotto is not the fighter he was, but I reserve judgment until after this test.

The question is this: how much did the Antonio Margarito bout take out of Cotto? He said it felt like being hit by bricks in that fight.

Margarito has since been engulfed in controversy after illegal padding was found in the wrapping of his hands for a subsequent bout.

We don't know if his fists were similarly enhanced against Cotto, but we know that the result placed the only loss on Cotto's record.

As good as Pacquiao undoubtedly is, we have not been able to fully evaluate his credentials at the heavier weight. This was made at 145lbs, two under the welterweight limit. This tells you that not only does he see an advantage in making Cotto shed more pounds but that he is not confident at the weight against a fully-fledged welter.

Juan Manuel Marquez was coming up from lightweight and was really a career super featherweight. Ricky Hatton was not the same man after Mayweather, and Oscar de la Hoya was a weight-drained carcass at 147lbs.

Pacquiao was impressive against all three but in circumstances that do not allow complete confidence in a prediction for this fight.

Much is being made of Cotto's close decision against Joshua Clottey. This ignores how tough an opponent Clottey is. There is no shame in being taken all the way by a Ghanaian warrior. I wake up at night in cold sweats thinking about his fellow countryman Azumah Nelson - and I never fought him!

The defeat to Margarito was brutal but he was winning the fight almost until the point the stoppage came.

Margarito had the style to trouble Cotto in a way that Zab Judah and Shane Mosley did not.

If we are looking for comparisons it is to the Judah and Mosley bouts that we should look. Cotto has handled speed before and power, and coped brilliantly.

If the experts close to the action are wrong about Cotto's perceived decline post-Margarito then Pacquiao is in for one hell of a fight. The speed and power that did for Hatton will not do for Cotto in the same way.

He is a brilliant fighter, excellent technically and with a terrific heart.

If this fight were made before the Margarito bout I would have had no hesitation in making him favourite.

As it stands I believe he is the only fighter capable of forcing a stoppage win in the early hours tomorrow.

I accept that Pacquiao is justifiably favourite and that a points win is a sound prediction.

But I'm not yet ready to write off Cotto, and if he is at his best this is going to be the fight of the year.

Don't be surprised to see the Puerto Rican the winner.


Pacquiao vs. Cotto prediction: Pacquiao via decision

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:44:00 +0000

Pittsburgh Fight Sports Examiner | Scott HeritageWith the fight just hours away, its time for me to make a final prediction about Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto. This fight has a lot of different factors and angles to it, making an accurate prediction difficult, but here's how I see it going down:First few roundsAs the pair square up in the middle of the ring, Cotto looks a hell of a lot bigger. This might look intimidating but it actually helps Pacquiao retain a bigger speed advantage by not trying to bulk up too much. At the start of the fight Pacquiao looks strong, but eventually starts to feel the bigger punches of Cotto.For the first round or so he fires off everything at Cotto, who responds with heavy hooks and uses his jab well to keep Pacquiao at bay. As Pac-man lands more punches Cotto tests out the theory of Oscar De La Hoya who said Pac can't punch, and doesn't like the results. After perhaps the first couple of rounds Pacquiao will be forced to change his tactics and take less chances.Cotto struggles to catch Pacquiao, but when he does he makes him pay for it. Meanwhile Pacquiao is forced to stick and move. At several points in each round Pacquiao's aggression takes over and he gets too close to Cotto, who proceeds to punish him to the body. Freddie Roach is going berserk at Manny in the corner after each reckless incident.Middle roundsAs the fight wears on Cotto begins to tire of chasing Pacquiao and seems to be looking to trap him in a corner rather than catching him with single punches. As Cotto starts to slow, Pacquiao begins to catch him with more punches and get hit less himself on the way out, nicking the rounds on the scorecards. Both fighters have started to mark up a little, and Cotto has a couple of small cuts around the eyes. Nothing serious at first, but getting bigger as the rounds progress. Cotto seems hesitant to take a lot of punches to land a couple of his own, but is being forced to do so by Pacquiao's speed.Later RoundsBoth fighters have slowed, but Cotto a lot more so than Pacquiao. Manny now tees off at will on the sluggish Cotto, who flails after him but by now can't land a glove on Manny. Cotto is cut badly and getting hit but he doesn't seem rocked and refuses to be finished. All the punches are one way traffic from Manny now as cotto looks aprehensive and tries to guard his cut for fear of a stoppage.The fight ends with Pacquiao looking the stronger, but Cotto thinks he might have done enough early on to take it. Both fighters seem convinced that they have done enough, but Manny has clearly won more of the rounds than Miguel. The fight is called for Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision. The announcement is made and Manny prepares to sing his victory song. At some point the cameras inside the arena cut to several boxers sitting in the front row, who all want a piece of Pacquiao. Floyd Mayweather makes some noise as usual, but doesn't seem that interested really. As usual Freddie Roach has some interesting insight into the preperations he thinks MIguel Cotto has made:"There's a Plan A and B," said Roach. Either [Cotto] is going to use his strength and come forward and show us he's the bigger or stronger guy, or he's going to try to be like Marquez and be a counterpuncher. A lot of people like to do that because it gave us trouble. But you can't become somebody else in eight weeks. Once he gets hit, he will revert back to what he does best."Cotto has got a great left hook, and when he gets you on the ropes he's very effective. Our job is not to be on the ropes at all in this fight. Obviously, Cotto will pressure us at times during this fight, but Manny's speed is too much. Foot-speed -- that's where the fight is won. And Manny excels in that department."The counte[...]

Video: Miguel Cotto vs Manny Pacquiao live 2009 biggest boxing fight of the year

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:41:00 +0000

Salt Lake City Headlines Examiner | Marci Stone

The Miguel Cotto vs Manny Pacquiao fight is slated to be one of the best boxing fights of the year. At a press conference Wednesday night in Las Vegas, both Miguel Cotto, 29 and Manny Pacquiao, 29 weighed in and talked about the fight.

The Miguel Cotto vs Manny Pacquiao fight time is scheduled for 6 pm pacific time on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. It can also be watched on PPV for $54.95 on HBO. See the link below for live stream information.

Miguel Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) vs Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) are two of biggest-money making stars in boxing today, and they have been compared to some of the boxing greats in the 1980s, including Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler, Roberto Duran and Tommy Hearns.

A few months ago, the Mayweather-Marquez fight drew more than 1,000,000 PPV customers, and HBO believes the Miguel Cotto vs Manny Pacquiao might do even better than that.

Cotto had a catch weight Wednesday night of 145 pounds, two pounds under the welterweight limit, and he is considered the underdog in this fight, but no one knows what might happen. Cotto brings the rich Puerto Rico boxing tradition with him and a lot of determination.

"He is coming from a lower weight division and if he thinks he's going to have the same power as Miguel Cotto, his thinking is very wrong,'' Cotto said at the press conference. "I am prepared for anything he can bring me that night. He has a lot of things besides speed. I have to be prepared for all that he can show me."

A native of the Phillipines, Pacquiao is the favorite in Saturday’s fight and could become the first boxer to win world titles in seven weight divisions.

Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach said that he will win by a "spectacular knockout," but Pacquiao said that his objective is to do his best to uphold the pride of his country. "But if I knock him out, that will make me happy, too," he said Wednesday.

In an ESPN forum Friday, Tyler C. from Salt Lake City, Utah asked Pacquiao, “Manny, How are you going to account for Cotto's strong left hook?”

Pacquiao responded: “We've been training in the gym to overcome and counteract his strength. I think I'm the faster and quicker fighter so it all depends on who lands it fight. We have a good game plan to overcome Cotto.”


Pacquiao-Cotto Will Determine the Direction of Boxing

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:38:00 +0000

Posted Nov 13, 2009 8:02PM By Nancy Gay (RSS feed)Filed Under: WBO, HBOLAS VEGAS -- Boxing is alive and thriving, and you can see it in the nationalistic pride that enveloped Las Vegas on Friday. The Filipinos and Puerto Ricans descended on The Strip with their colorful flags and chants, and they queued in orderly groups -- Manny Pacquiao's publiko/bayan here, Miguel Cotto's publico/paisanos there -- for a raucous weigh-in Friday afternoon at the MGM Grand Garden.So much excitement, for two 145-pound boxers standing on a scale. But Pacquiao-Cotto is the biggest thing to happen to boxing since Pacquiao-Oscar De La Hoya. Or Pacquiao-Ricky Hatton.You get the idea.The Pride of the Philippines (49-3-2, 37 KOs) squared off Friday against The Pride of Puerto Rico (34-1-0, 27 KOs) when they stood on stage in their skivvies, the crowd of about 6,500 -- Filipinos to the left, Puerto Ricans to the right -- roared its requisite country's approval.Cotto's trainer Jose Santiago, who rarely speaks English, threw out a "145 pounds, a**hole!" to Pacquiao's trusted man, Freddie Roach, when Cotto stepped off the scale. Pacquiao, who is going for his unprecedented seventh world title in his seventh weight class, flexed his growing frame at 144 pounds, sending his fans into a cheering frenzy.The drama continued. Antonio Margarito made an appearance on stage, infuriating the Puerto Ricans who revile him for destroying Cotto's face and perfect record in a controversial 11-round loss in July 2008. Then Margarito had the temerity to parade outside the Grand Garden Arena among the hundreds who were turned away from the packed weigh-in."Cheater!! He is a cheater!!" people screamed at a defiant Margarito, and security guards rushed over to prevent a melee from breaking out in the crush that swarmed the MGM Grand Studio Walk.This is what makes the boxing so unique now, and helps separates it from the All-American MMA culture that has captured this country's imagination.The pride, the pageantry, the intense rivalries, they all resonate with the pure boxing fan -- the person who will shell out $54.95 for Saturday's HBO pay-per-view show featuring the Pacquaio-Cotto 12-round welterweight main event. And the whole package goes to the hearts of the people of the Philippines and Puerto Rico, who are living vicariously through their countries' greatest athletes.Las Vegas needs this energy. And many in boxing will grudgingly concede that the sport probably needs Pacquiao to prevail Saturday night. Because Las Vegas has become Manny's town, just as it once belonged to Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson and other actual current or former Vegas residents and boxing greats.And ultimately, boxing needs -- and will demand -- that Pacquiao step into the ring against Mayweather.Why would Cotto, a skilled, accomplished pure welterweight who is defending his WBO title, agree to take this fight against Pacquaio at 145 pounds, two pounds under the limit and his comfortable weight? Why would he agree to $2 million up front less than the challenger?Bob Arum, the Top Rank promoter and mastermind who handles both fighters, has defended the honor of Cotto valiantly this week. But there is a simple truth to Cotto's presence in the ring Saturday night."In this fight," Arum said, "he is not the star of the show."He is absolutely essential to the process, however.Cotto is a brilliant fighter, and his legacy can't be tarnished by the brutal, bloody beating he sustained by the hands of Margarito 15 months ago. Who will say with certainty those hands weren't concealing illegal plaster inserts under their wraps? After all, Margarito and his trainer had their California boxing licenses revoked when inspectors fou[...]

Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto is a bout that gets boxing off the ropes

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:36:00 +0000

By BILL DWYREFrom Las VegasSeldom has there been better proof that there is no accounting for taste.Starting at 5:30 a.m. Friday, hundreds of people began lining up in the hallways leading to the MGM Grand Garden Arena. Barack Obama was not scheduled to appear, nor was Bruce Springsteen. Nobody would be changing bread and wine into loaves and fishes.They were there awaiting entrance to the weigh-in for Saturday night's boxing match between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. Two nicely cut little guys, Pacquiao and Cotto, would strip to their underwear and stand on a scale, a man in a sport coat would nod that they each made the weight limit of 145 pounds and it would be over.Oh, yes, that began at 3 p.m.Lest we linger too long on thoughts of the current collective IQ of our populace, we must stretch for positives here.That kind of fan outpouring signals the continuation of a sort of rebirth of boxing, which had seemed to be losing a generation of fans to the perceived thrill of muscular people rolling around with each other in cages. The younger generation calls it ultimate fighting. Graybeards call it ultimate stupidity.Pacquiao and Cotto seem to have bridged both groups.The men most influential in making this event happen, Ross Greenburg of HBO and Bob Arum of Top Rank Boxing, have been talking a lot about how many of those all-important web hits this fight is generating. Both also see the possibility that it will attract in excess of 1 million pay-per-view buys, which would put it in the rarefied air of only 25 other fights in history, most of them heavyweight matches.The all-time record is 2.4 million buys for Floyd Mayweather Jr. versus Oscar De La Hoya two years ago. Matter of fact, Mayweather and Juan Manual Marquez did a million buys two months ago, and that one turned out to be little more than a workout for Mayweather.Now, with Pacquiao's massive Filipino following and Cotto's similar Puerto Rican following -- as well as a new buzz among the general sports fan -- boxing seems to be acquiring a new swagger. Even at the current $54.95 pay-per-view price.Perhaps most interesting is that all this noise is being generated for what is, most likely, a semifinal. If Pacquiao continues his rise from 106 pounds to a seventh boxing title in a seventh weight division by beating Cotto, and if Arum is able to make a match with Mayweather, then Pacquiao-Cotto will have been merely foreplay.Quality foreplay, certainly.Pacquiao, 49-3-2, hasn't lost since 2005 and has been dazzling since he took big steps up in weight to go against David Diaz, De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton. Deeply embedded in the memory of boxing fans is Pacquiao's spectacular left-hook knockout of Hatton in May. Hatton never felt the jolt of the canvas because he was out well before he got there.Cotto, at 34-1-0, was among the most feared welterweights in history until he took a terrible beating from Antonio Margarito on July 26, 2008. That fight, of course, took on new meaning after Margarito was discovered with plaster of Paris in his gloves before a fight in January against Shane Mosley, who proceeded to win handily. Cotto has won twice since the Margarito fight and claims that people should pay more attention to that than to Margarito, whose presumed glove-doctoring Cotto is now calling "criminal."Pacquiao is a 3-1 favorite. His trainer, Freddie Roach, says Pacquiao is "100% ready," and that his fighter's superior hand and foot speed and a strategy to avoid Cotto's lethal left hook means he will handle this fight easily.Cotto's trainer, young Joe Santiago, says he is stunned that Pacquiao is a favorite and says that every boxer who has faced Cotto had a plan [...]

Pacquiao-Cotto weigh in before match for packed house

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:34:00 +0000

By Greg Heakes (AFP) – 12 hours agoLAS VEGAS, Nevada — Trainer Freddie Roach says fighting as a welterweight might become a regular thing for Manny Pacquiao because he is happier than he has ever seen him before a fight."If he couldn't eat the day before the weigh in he was mad at the world," said Roach. "He would be on edge because couldn't eat. Now he can have breakfast and lunch before the weigh in and he is smiling and I have a happy fighter."Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto both weighed in Friday for their welterweight fight for Cotto's World Boxing Organization world title at the MGM Grand hotel and casino.The fight is being fought at the catch weight of 145 pounds which is exactly what Cotto tipped the scales at.Challenger Pacquiao weighed in at 144 pounds.The fight has been sold out for weeks and there was a standing room only crowd of about 6,500 for Friday's official weigh in at Grand Garden Arena where it will take place.Both fighters spoke briefly to their fans but did not engage each other and for the most part did not get together on the podium. There were words exchanged between Roach and Cotto's trainer Joe Santiago who Roach has labelled inexperienced.The two had to be separated by their respective camps.The weigh in had all the drama of a fight night as the pro-Cotto and pro-Pacquiao supporters took turns shouting each other down. Hollywood actor Jeremy Piven introduced both fighters and joked with Pacquiao about his reputation for late night partying."This is like the Jimmy Kimmel show. Funny," said Pacquiao, who weighed in wearing his boxers and a pair of white socks. "When I start to train for the fight there is no more night time. Thank you Filipinos for coming."Cotto also thanked his supporters as he took the scales in just his underwear."Thanks for coming," Cotto said. "I will put on a great show. It will be a great day for Puerto Rico and Latin America people."Organizers turned away thousands of boxing fans who waited outside the arena behind a barrier. Those lucky enough to get into the weigh in included some who began lining up at 5:30 am.Roach said he is so pleased with the way training camp has gone the past couple of weeks he will try to get Pacquiao to fight again at this weight."People kill themselves to make weight. It is over-rated," Roach said. "When I have a happy fighter he fights well."He will be smiling in the ring walk and he is enjoying every bit of this."Pacquiao will be trying to win his seventh world title in as many divisions and what amazes boxing experts is he hasn't show any signs of losing power as he fights heavier opponents.Pacquiao's six titles came in a half dozen weight classes ranging from 112 to 140 pounds. He weighed just 106 pounds in his pro debut in 1995 and captured his first title in the 112-pound flyweight division."As he gains weight his speed and power are both improving and it is hard to explain why," Roach said. "He is comfortable at it so we are going to stay there."Some heavy hitters were also in attendance at the weigh in including Antonio Margarito who is the only man to have taken down Cotto when he beat him in a controversial decision last year.Asked to predict a winner Saturday, Margarito, who is under suspension for using illegal gloves in another fight, just shook his head and said no.Filipino boxing fan Brian Shelledy, of Los Angeles, isn't shy about giving his opinion."Manny Pacquiao represents all the good values of Filipino people," said the 37-year-old computer technician. "He comes from a poor background and he shows respect and is humble."New York policeman Gabriel Dones and shipping clerk Mike Maldonado flew in T[...]

Team Pacquiao Sold the Philipino Legend Out

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:30:00 +0000

By Brent Matteo AldersonI’m excited about the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto fight this Saturday and out of all the possible matchups to be made between Pacquiao, Mayweather, and Mosley, this one has the greatest potential to produce the magical fireworks of a legendary prize fight and will be well worth your pay-per-view dollars. That being said, Team-Pacquiao made a big mistake and after all the verbal sparring between Arum and Pacquiao’s representatives and the countless meetings that took place across the world’s different time zones, Manny Pacquiao’s advisors failed him and came away with a contract that could very well negatively impact the final stages of his career. Now the financial split has yet to be announced and even though finances are always the priority, a good manager knows that sometimes the logistics surrounding a fight can change a fighter’s career more pervasively than a purse split. When Sugar Ray Leonard challenged Marvin Hagler in 1987, poor Marvin thought that his team had controlled the negotiations because the Marvelous one received the lion’s share of the purse split, but Leonard’s brain-trust didn’t care about the money and put more emphasis on the fight’s particulars, “Hagler gave us everything we wanted, he was just worried about the money, but we didn’t care about the money, we wanted to win the fight, so we gave him the money and he gave us everything else,” commented Leonard’s career advisor, the astute Mike Trainer. And because Team Leonard made some financial concessions to Hagler, he got to decide on the size of the ring and the bout was sanctioned for twelve rounds instead of 15-rounds, which were still being sanctioned at the time, but were in the process of being phased out.It’s pretty obvious that team Cotto followed a strategy similar to Mike Trainer’s and probably left some money on the table in order to put Miguel In a better position to win the fight.So instead of haggling over an extra half-million or so, they conceded to Team Pacquiao’s financial terms and held steadfast in their demand that the bout take place at 145 pounds. Now I know boxing fans are thinking, “What’s the big deal, it’s just a couple of pounds,” but that’s just not the case. Most fans have never had to make weight for a sporting contest and don’t realize how difficult it is for a fighter to make weight. The whole process is a tolling and debilitating experience and in this instance, those two pounds are going to make a huge difference. Cotto had a lot of trouble making the 140 pound limit and was visibly weakened throughout his entire campaign as the WBO 140 pound champion and regularly complained about the physical toll it took on his body and was dropped and almost stopped by Ricardo Torres and almost taken out by the ordinary DeMarcus Corley in front of his hometown fans.Since moving up to 147 pounds in the fall of 2006 his ability to recuperate and absorb punishment has increased substantially.Just look how his equilibrium withstood all those shots from Antonio Margarito, a huge welterweight who may have had cement in his gloves and compare that to how Cotto was shaken up by a couple of punches from the light hitting DeMarcus Corley and it’s obvious that making the junior-welterweight limit weakened Cotto.It’s because the process of having to lose six to twelve pounds two or three days before a weigh-in is so debilitating. Now you may think cutting weight is scientific in its methodology, but unfortunately the process of cutting weight is barbaric and has to do more with basic arithmetic than the sci[...]

Cotto out to break Pacquiao

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:28:00 +0000

Miguel Cotto is confident he will prove his doubters wrong when he defends his WBO welterweight title against pound-for-pound champion Manny Pacquiao and is determined not become another scalp on the Filipino’s rise to boxing superstardom.Puerto Rican Cotto, 34-1 (27 KOs), will have more than his title on the line when he faces Pacquiao, 49-3-2 (37 KOs), at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday. Cotto faces the man widely considered the greatest fighter on the planet after such high profile demolitions of Oscar De la Hoya and Ricky Hatton.Cotto insists he won’t be a bit player in the Manny Pacquiao success story, but this is exactly how Pac-Man’s coach Freddie Roach sees it."I don't know if it is his biggest challenge," Roach said of the Cotto threat. "We have fought some great fighters like [Erik] Morales, [Juan Manuel] Marquez and Oscar De La Hoya."He's a very good fighter and he is champion of the world. Manny is moving up a weight class but we fought Oscar at this weight."I am very confident in my guy and we are 100 per cent ready for the fight. Manny, with the power he is punching with right now at this weight, I feel that he is going to knock Cotto out."I look forward to the win," added Roach, who has bet $1000 each on Pacquiao to win by KO in the first, ninth and tenth rounds.Despite holding the title and facing a challenger who is coming up in weight Cotto is the underdog going into the bout. Not only is this a result of the impeccable form Pacquiao is on at the moment, but also due in part to the debilitating defeat Cotto suffered at the hands of Antonio Margarito – the only defeat of his career. However, Margarito’s victory was thrown into disrepute after the Mexican was caught and banned following the discovery of a form of plaster on his wraps in his following bout with “Sugar” Shane Mosley.Many believe Cotto has been left damaged goods after the beating and he has failed to shake the opinion with a routine victory over Michael Jennings and a bloody war and split decision victory over Joshua Clottey. Even the 29-year-old’s promoter failed to give him credit."Psychologically, in this fight, he is not the star,” said Bob Arum, the president of Top Rank , who promotes both fighters."He knows it and I know it but Miguel Cotto, as Miguel will attest, is the biggest obstacle in Manny's path."The scepticism has failed to have an effect on a focussed and confident Cotto: “"What they say and what they do does not concern me."They know what they have in front of [Pacquiao]. He better be focused on what they will have in front of him in Miguel Cotto. "Forget about Freddie Roach. He can only train Manny the best he can. He may say and think Manny will knock me out, but at the end of the day, it is just Manny and Miguel Cotto in the ring. It's really not important to me what the boxing world wants to see."Once I beat Manny Pacquiao they can continue their plans and do what they want but I am not going home without winning this fight."Last updated: 14 November 2009, 00:09Source:[...]

The "Latin Snake" Predicts Pacquiao vs Cotto

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:20:00 +0000

by Brad Cooney

8CountNews sat down with former Jr middleweight world champion, Sergio Mora and got his thoughts on the big Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto fight. Mora also gives us an update on his contractual negotiations with Golden Boy, Top Rank, and Goosen. Mora informed 8CN that he feels as if a deal will get done within a week or so, and looks forward to getting back into the ring. It's been another year of inactivity for the former world champion, so he's very eager to get back to doing what he does best, and that's to fight.

With the Pacquiao vs Cotto fight looming within 24 hours, Mora gives us his expert analysis of the fight. Sergio also talks about possible future fights between Pacquiao and Mayweather, Cotto and Mayweather, and Williams vs Mayweather. Don't miss what else "The Latin Snake" had to say in this exclusive 8CountNews Podcast.


The "Latin Snake" Predicts Pacquiao vs Cotto

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 13:20:00 +0000

by Brad Cooney

8CountNews sat down with former Jr middleweight world champion, Sergio Mora and got his thoughts on the big Manny Pacquiao vs Miguel Cotto fight. Mora also gives us an update on his contractual negotiations with Golden Boy, Top Rank, and Goosen. Mora informed 8CN that he feels as if a deal will get done within a week or so, and looks forward to getting back into the ring. It's been another year of inactivity for the former world champion, so he's very eager to get back to doing what he does best, and that's to fight.

With the Pacquiao vs Cotto fight looming within 24 hours, Mora gives us his expert analysis of the fight. Sergio also talks about possible future fights between Pacquiao and Mayweather, Cotto and Mayweather, and Williams vs Mayweather. Don't miss what else "The Latin Snake" had to say in this exclusive 8CountNews Podcast.


Pacquiao Cotto 24/7 Episode 4

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 03:30:00 +0000

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After watching the videos of the introduction of Pacquiao and Cotto in their HBO 24/7 Trailer Promo videos 4 weeks ago, the Pacquiao Cotto Episode 1 last October 24th, the Pacquiao Cotto Episode 2 videos 3 weeks ago and the Pacquiao Cotto Episode 3 just a week ago, here we are again waiting and expecting for the Pacquiao Cotto HBO 24/7 Episode 4 The Finale. It will be posted here as soon as it will be available online.

Of course, the main event night watch Pacquiao vs Cotto live in HBO PPV will be on November 14, 2009 9PM ET/6PM PT at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Firepower” Weigh-In Pics And Results, Manny Pacquiao 144, Miguel Cotto 145

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 03:20:00 +0000

(Photos by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Nov. 13, both Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto made weight for their 145 lb catch-weight title fight.

WBO welterweight Champion Miguel Cotto who will be putting his strap on the line, came in at a trim 145 lbs

Manny Pacquiao who will be the challenging for the WBO title came in at 144 lbs, the heaviest weight of his career.

This will be Manny Pacquiao’s 7th title shot at a 7th different weight class, if he wins he could make history as the first fighter to win 7 titles in 7 different weight divisions.

The WBC diamond belt for catch-weights will also be on the line.

The boxing match will take place at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada. HBO pay per view will broadcast the event live! The pay per view event starts at 6pm PT.


Opinion: Miguel Cotto Must Survive Round One to Stay Safe in the Game

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 03:16:00 +0000

Published 4 hours ago by Leo Reyes

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao will be relentless in his quest for his place in boxing history by knocking out his opponent in round one of his Firepower match with Miguel Cotto. The Puerto Rican boxer must survive round one to stay safe in the game.
Miguel Cotto must survive the first round of his 'Firepower' match with Manny Pacquiao to stay in the game. If the Puerto Rican boxer survives the initial assault of the pound-for-pound king, he will have a good fighting chance of prolonging the fight but he must find his mark in the succeeding rounds or Pacquiao will be relentless in his pursuit of his much-desired seventh win in different weight classes.

Round one is critical in the 'Firepower' match as it will dictate the tempo of the fight. Pacquiao needs a window to pursue his ambition to get rid of the Puerto Rican boxer in the first round as predicted by his trainer. Once he sees an opening, Pacquiao is expected to throw his punches in rapid succession while keeping his distance from Cotto.

If Pacquiao fails to finish Cotto in round one, as many boxing fans believe he won't, his trainer and coach, Freddie Roach will have to activate Plan B which calls for a sustained attack on Cotto while the pound-for-pound king maintains safe distance from the Puerto Rican hard puncher.

Pacquiao is expected to dance around Cotto but will be watchful for a rare opening while Cotto is busy with his defences from the lightning speed of Pacquiao.
Pacquiao's fight plan calls for him to stay in the middle of the ring and avoid being trapped in the rope and corners of the ring. Cotto is expected to throw his dynamite power punch once he sees his target at close range. His much talked about power will send Pacquiao rolling on the canvas once he is hit by Cotto.

Round one is critical because it can make or break Pacquiao's dream of being placed in history books as the first boxer to win seven times in seven different weghts.
Pacquiao's chance of winning the fight in later rounds is lesser than a win in the first round or at least in the first four rounds of the fight while Cotto's chances are greater in the middle or later rounds.

The popular Filipino boxer will collide Saturday with WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas Nevada. Bob Arum of Top Rank Promotions is promoting the fight which will be shown on worldwide television and is available on pay-per-view.


James Lawton: Pacquiao can take final step towards clinching the most thrilling fight of all time

Sat, 14 Nov 2009 03:15:00 +0000

It's rarely a hardship watching Brazilians play, wherever they cast up in their relentless globe-trotting. However, there has to be the suspicion as the sun rises here this morning, that whatever the world's greatest football nation produces tonight against Fabio Capello's England in the Khalifa Stadium, one might just be in the wrong desert.Manny Pacquiao, who meets Puerto Rico's favourite fighting son Miguel Cotto in Nevada, creates the doubt because in the brilliance of his fighting and the force of his spirit he has made a compelling argument he is not just the most mesmerising performer in boxing, but all of sport.This might prove a financial reality soon enough if, as expected, the Pacman engulfs the splendid Cotto and sets up with maximum fanfare potentially the fight of next year and possibly many others against the superb, if not easy to like, ring craftsman Floyd Mayweather Jnr.Meanwhile, promoter Bob Arum argues that tonight's drama in the MGM Garden Arena has an integrity and a potential all of its own. Yes of course, he would say this.It is also true that notwithstanding his distinguished service on the late Robert Kennedy's anti-mob investigating committee, Arum is notorious even in the cynical old vineyard of pugilism for his admission that some of his words need to be weighed more carefully than others.When he was once told that his latest statement was in direct contradiction to one he made the day before, he shrugged and said, "Yesterday I was lying." But then if Arum, like most of his trade, can be cavalier with the truth when the challenge is selling tickets and pay-per-view buys, he is nobody's fool – and certainly far too intelligent to expose himself to an avalanche of post-fight mockery.It is in this light that we should receive his claim that Pacquiao-Cotto might just prove the most eviscerating collision since the one at Caesar's Palace between Marvin Hagler and Tommy Hearns 24 years ago. "Yes," said Arum, "this fight could turn out the same way. If Cotto is aggressive enough, it could be Hagler-Hearns all over again."Talk about loading up expectation. Hagler-Hearns may not have been the greatest fight any of us have ever seen – the verdict here would be that as an all-round test of nerve and will and ability, Hearns-Sugar Ray Leonard, four years earlier, was superior – but as a sensation, a firestorm, a shooting star burning its way across the desert sky it was, surely, unsurpassable in one lifetime.The sight of Hearns leaning back against the ropes and pounding the head of Hagler repeatedly, and then the awesome refusal of Hagler to stop for a second in his relentless pursuit, is unforgettable for anyone who ever saw it. The great screenwriter and boxing aficionado Budd – On the Waterfront – Schulberg was a ringside companion and memorable too was his reaction to this onslaught on the senses."I never expected to see anything so intense outside of war," said the man who wrote the scene that had Marlon Brando, as the failed fighter, telling his corrupt brother, played by Rod Steiger, "I coulda been a contender."When Arum talks of Pacquiao and Cotto walking in the steps of Hagler and Hearns he goes to the heart of boxing's most thrilling but sometimes most troubling appeal, the prospect of men going to their absolute limits.How far did the beaten Hearns go? This is him on the desperate impulse that carried him so ferociously into a fight that [...]