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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Cotto 'too powerful' for Pacquiao

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Miguel Cotto is confident he will have too much power for Manny Pacquiao when they meet in Las Vegas on Saturday for one of the biggest fights of the year.
Puerto Rican Cotto will defend his WBO welterweight crown against Philippine superstar Pacquiao, who knocked out Britain's Ricky Hatton in May.

"I'm prepared for the speed of Manny," said the 29-year-old Cotto.

"My hand speed is pretty equal to Manny's. But can Manny's power equal Miguel Cotto's on Saturday night?"

Two-weight world champion Cotto, 34-1 (27 KOs), is the underdog for the bout but said he had been energised by his link-up with new trainer Joe Santiago.

Although Pacquiao's outspoken trainer Freddie Roach has cast doubt on the 31-year-old Santiago's experience, Cotto feels the change has been a positive one.

"The training camp we had, that's going to make the difference," he said.
Pacquiao, (49-3-2, 37 KOs), was mobbed by more than 1,000 cheering fans on his arrival at the MGM Grand Casino on Tuesday and is certain to attract most of the support at the 16,000-seat arena on fight-night.

Cotto, however, was unconcerned: "It is going to be just Manny, Miguel Cotto and the referee inside the ring. Nobody can come and give anything to Manny."

Cotto also brushed off suggestions he was being underestimated by the Pacquiao camp, which has been touting the possibility of a mega-fight with American great Floyd Mayweather Jr early next year.

"I'm focused on this fight," said Cotto. "When I beat him this Saturday, he can think about whatever opponents he wants."

Cotto was unimpressive in his last encounter in June, edging a split decision victory over Ghana's Joshua Clottey.

In his previous fight he stopped Chorley's Michael Jennings to claim the vacant WBO welterweight crown.

The 30-year-old Pacquiao, a former flyweight world title-holder, is bidding to become a five-weight world champion.

Source: bbc.co.uk


  1. 5 weight world champion?? He's already a champion on 6 different weight divisions.. In this fight is going to be the seventh if he's successful against Cotto... well, that is IF... This is a great fight...

  2. Having a Boxer like Manny Pacquaio will never be forgoten in the history of boxing especially in the Philippines... Good Luck Pacman! We Filipinos are proud for you...

    Walter C. Estabillo
    Angeles City, Philippines

  3. Cotto claim that his speed is same as that of Manny....I highly doubt that. Cotto will see the real speed on 14 Nov.
    Cotto thinks Manny can't handle his power...
    Well probably....but the question is can he hit pacman with a pretty good shots?
    Does Pacman have power to put down Cotto?... Maybe not a one punch KO...but several punches will be enough to make Cotto fell the power..and Manny got lots ot that.

  4. it is not only the strenght, punch power, footwork and speed will matter in the fight...
    sometimes it is the heart the detemination to win, this is not only for manny (pacquiao) this is for every pilipino, for the nation's pride and glory i believe this is history and pacquiao is it's destiny... laban PACMAN!!! (laban ko... laban mo... laban ng bawat pilipino...)

  5. cotto, 'too slow' for manny

  6. Hatton is smarter than de la Hoya, or Diaz or Cotto because he slept early than suffer a brutal beating inside the ring.

  7. I wonder what Angelo Dundee will say about the Pacquiao Cotto results.

  8. Easy fight for Pacman.

    Talking w/ Cotto's punching speed:
    Cotto is too SLOOOW for Pacman. I expected that Cotto will be slow
    but when i watch the fight. Cotto is much MORE SLOW than i expected.
    Cotto's had come against speedy opponents before and beat them.
    But Pacman is different.
    Pacman has the speed and ACCURACY w/ his punches. not just punches but LOTS of punches.
    If Pacman had the speed and accuracy then he can deliver effectively his firepower.
    Or trade punches.
    "you give me 1 power punch then i trade with 3 power punches"
    then whose the winner?
    it may not be a knockdown but still earning points.
    Win by knockdown or by decision is just the same. Its still a win!

    As everyone says,
    Cotto throws his knockout punch this Sunday
    This punch will expected to land on Tuesday.
    That too slow!
    Coz compare to Pacman, he throws his knockout punch today and it will expected to land on the same day.
    One point in a fight about mid and late rounds Pacman urges Cotto to trade punches.
    Like "Common bring it on" Common lets trade punches!
    as Cotto start moving away from Pacman around the ring. (back bicycle)
    I can read Cotto's face saying:
    No NO NO, Im losing the trade of punches! I can't take it any more! I need to survive till 12 rounds"

    Talking w/ Cotto's power:
    I notice Pacman at one point of a time just dare to take punches from Cotto,
    Pacman is not insane!
    because he knows that he can take those or trade to Cotto's punches.

    Talking about Cotto's chin:
    BEFORE the fight i predict this fight will be winning by decision. No knockdowns.
    As both sides can take strong punches and a had a thin chance of a knockdown.

    DURING the fight I never Expect this and i hate to say, but Cotto's has been knocked down by Manny!
    A legitimate knockdown (not a slip!) that make Cotto's hit his gloves in the canvass.
    Where's the durable chin now?

    During Cotto's knockdown:
    I can see at Cotto's face saying,
    "this is not a joke! He's got the EFFECTIVE combination and SPEEED to deliver his firepower,
    Manny is too slippery for me. I CAN't hit him with better shots. How can i deliver my own firepower?"
    The last question is the Big question fo Cotto!

    Talking w/ Cotto's jabs:
    I found Cotto's jabs more strong, efficient and stingy. but it's not that effective against a moving
    target like Pacman. It would hit Manny, and yes it stunned Pacman, several times during the fight.
    but jabs cannot knockdown a boxer like Pacman. Be REAL!
    Cotto's needs not just jabs and combinations to deliver his power
    but jab and GOOD EFFECTIVE combination.
    This is a trainers job..

    Cotto's Trainer:
    Manny has a good trainer than Cotto.
    Roach has more experience in teaching Manny what is the most EFFECTIVE combination.
    Like selecting the right weapon in the fight. Cotto's trainer doesnt have.
    Somebody still dont know that boxing is also a mind game and teamwork.
    Chances of winning starts at the training camp and finishes in the ring! its a team effort.

    Manny training camp has the right people to unleash his strenght against his opponents.
    Cotto had two trainers. you may 2, 5, 10 trainers. but are they the right ones?
    Experience had serve at it's BEST!

    PACMAN has:
    SPEED - Before The fight Cotto still underestimate this advantages of Pacman.
    Cotto believes that he beat speedy opponents before.

    But he forget to consider that together with speed theres something else after the word:



    SPEED w/ ADJUSTMENT (type of opponent)


    and it KILLS!
    you may had the firepower but sluggishnes and imprecise where to hit your target is not effective boxing.
    you can take and TOLERATE those accurate and power punches
    You can stand on power punches.
    you have a durable chin for power punches.
    but this is not the way of winning a round in boxing.
    Others may say that its also effective in tiring your opponents.
    BUT PACMAN is a promising 12 rounder boxer!

  9. Everyone always questioning the power of Pacman.

    As the fight ends you can see it on Cotto's bloody face.
    more convincing when he knock the big COTTO.

    much embarrassing for COTTO's fans

    Cotto's had the power. yes he had it.
    But he doesn't know how to land it on Pacmans face!

    This was speed all about. Now i hope you all understand..

  10. Another good lesson for PAchaters....

  11. pacquaio ''too powerful'' for cotto