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Monday, September 28, 2009

Pacman sparmates in Manila

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Unbeaten super-welterweight Shawn Porter of Ohio and lightweight hotshot Urbano Antillon of California arrived in the Philippines early Sunday morning after a 15-hour flight from Los Angeles. Porter and Antillon were selected by Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach to work with Manny Pacquiao, who is revving up for a Nov. 14 bout with Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Roach, who is camping out with Pacquiao in Baguio, said sparring could start as early as Tuesday afternoon. “We’re ready to go (sparring),” said Antillon, who is of Mexican lineage. Porter and Antillon are scheduled to travel to Baguio by land on Monday morning. They’ll be joined in the five-to-six hour journey by Shawn’s dad Ken. Porter, the 2007 US National Golden Gloves middleweight champion, is said to be a clone of Cotto. The Porters and Antillon were fetched at the airport by movie bad guy Cris Aguilar, who, in reality is a nice fellow. Aguilar used to be one of Pacquiao’s bodyguards. “Just give my regards to Manny,” said the hefty Aguilar. Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc. is staging the Pacquiao-Cotto slugfest dubbed “Firepower.”

Source: fightnews.com


  1. If Manny can handle the power and speed of Shawn Porter, there is no doubt he could handle Cotto. Shawn is a very good boxer. An excellent pick for a sparmate.

  2. interesting picks by Roach. Hope nobody will be hurt in the training. Pac's gonna get some nasty and tough workout.

  3. How can you compare Shawn Porter the sparring partner to Cotto? You actually think Porter is gonna come after Manny the same way Cotto is? If you do,I can tell you do know squat. The sparring partners don't pressure you too hard for fear that they might hurt the fighter,I mean he's not gonna throw little boy punches but he's not gonna throw big boy punches either.

  4. Hello, I've seen many cotto fights he's not that dangerous as you think. He's very slow. I don't think he has the speed to catch the pacman. Maybe he just the strngth to absorb the punches of pacman but him hitting the pacman so hard....I don't think so.

  5. Knock it off!!Cotto neutralized Judah,Malignaggi and Mosley and all three are very fast.And as far as him not hitting Pac so hard;didn't Marquez rock him a couple times? And as far as I've, seen Cotto is a stronger puncher than Marquez.You blind people keep bringing up speed as if he were untouchable.