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Monday, August 31, 2009

Pacquiao vs Cotto: Large Ring Means Manny Will Box

It's been revealed that a 24-foot ring will be used for the November 14 bout between WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao. The ring size was requested by Team Pacquiao during the negotiations. It lays out the battle plan of Pacquiao to stick and move, jump in with combinations and jump right out before Cotto can counter.

Manny is going to play it smart and stay away from Cotto's biggest advantage, his power. Cotto's trainer Joe Santiago knows the ring size will be a big advantage for Manny but they are training on tactics to cut off the ring and close the distance on Pacquiao.

"Among the things that were being discussed during the negotiations for the fight, the Pacquiao's people were asking a ring that measures 24 feet. That would give the Filipino the advantage, but we are going to prepare Miguel in such a way that he will be able to cut off the ring," Santiago told Primera Hora. "Miguel is the stronger fighter and that is going to benefit us to get the win on November 14."

Source: boxingscene.com

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