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Friday, August 21, 2009

Cotto vows ‘unforgettable fight’

An unforgettable fight and a victory for Puerto Rico.

That’s what Miguel Cotto said in an on-line video chat conducted by the Puerto Rican newspaper Primera Hora on Friday, 85 days before he battles pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in a welterweight title fight on November 14 in Las Vegas.

“(November 14) will be a great fight (with Pacquiao) and another triumph for Puerto Rico,” said Cotto, sounding extremely confident that his advantage in size will propel him past the Filipino hero in their scheduled 12-round World Boxing Organization (WBO) match at the MGM Grand.

“When the fight was signed, I had already thought about victory (in this fight),” said the 28-year-old Cotto, who has agreed to put the title on the line even at a catch weight of 145 lbs after being guaranteed a “sweetener.”

“I don’t believe that Pacquiao has the physical qualities to dictate the (tempo of the) fight. I have that advantage that will lead me to victory.”

Still, Cotto believes Pacquiao speed is going to be a major concern but “good defense should neutralize it.”

Cotto has been doing light workout the past three weeks as he prepares for the arrival of conditioning coach Phil Landman, who will show up in the gym on Monday and confer with lead trainer Joe Santiago.

Cotto also told those who participated in the video chat that he will not hand over the WBO crown to Pacquiao on a silver platter, stressing that he has sacrificed a lot in retaining it that the Filipino will have to bleed as well to take it away from him.

Cotto and Pacquiao are bound to size each other up when they go on a four-city press tour beginning on September 10 at Yankee Stadium in New York. From the Big Apple, the traveling circus will proceed to Cotto’s hometown of Caguas in Puerto Rico on the 12th followed by stops in San Francisco on the 13th and Los Angeles on the 14th.

Source: mb.com.ph

1 comment:

  1. cotto is strong but he is not very tall than pacquiao.the structure of his body look big but the size is almost the same as with pacman.the reach is almost the same, i think the difference is the weight when he come out to the fight he is might more heavier than pacman,but pacman has explossive power too plus speed, good defense, foot work,pacman, can punch in any angle,he has machinegun kind of speed that he used to fight for dlh and his punch in any angle is just like he used to fight for eric morales now pacman is very confident to fight anyone because he has it all skills.