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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Hot in Vegas: Pacquiao a big 3-1 favorite vs Cotto

Manny Pacquiao is now installed a big 3-1 favorite to beat Puerto Rican Miguel Cotto and win the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena here (Sunday in Manila).

The latest odds at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino was posted as Pacquiao, trainer Freddie Roach, strengthening coach Alex Ariza and the rest of the group, including cager-turned-comedian Benjie Paras, arrived in the city that prides itself as the “Gambling Capital of the World."

The Filipino ring icon was earlier installed as a 2-1 pick to win the 12-round bout.

But odds showed Pacquiao already a -350 favorite, meaning a bet of $350 would only win $100.

In contrast, champion Cotto is +270, meaning a bet of $100 easily wins $270.

Meanwhile, the “Will Go/Won’t Go 10 Full Rounds" proposition read +125 that the fight will go 10 full rounds and -155 that it won’t go 10 full rounds.

Odds and figures, however, don’t impress boxing’s current pound-for-pound king.

“Ayaw kong isipin na liyamado ako," said Pacquiao, 30, as he was relaxing at his posh suite at the 60th floor of The Hotel.

“Mas nasa isip ko pa rin na dehado ako."

On Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), the formal arrival presentation will be held at the MGM Grand, with Pacquiao the first to be welcomed by Top Rank Promotions led by Bob Arum, and members of the working press.

The 29-year-old Cotto, who’s been in Vegas since Tuesday of last week together with trainer Joe Santiago and conditioning coach Phil Landman, follows Pacquiao after an hour.

The following day, the two boxing stars get to meet on stage as the final press conference for the boxing card dubbed “Firepower" is scheduled at the MGM Grand's Hollywood Theater.

Two days later, the official weigh-in will be held, with fans of both Pacquiao and Cotto expected to fill in every nook and cranny of the Garden Arena.

Twenty four hours later, the highly-anticipated fight and one of the biggest for the year, is finally on. - GMANews.TV

Source: gmanews.tv

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