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Friday, November 13, 2009

NO ANXIETY - Cotto already at 144

LAS VEGAS - A lengthy training of over 12 weeks that included 130 rounds of sparring, two months of their barracks in Tampa and another 12 days of intense work in this city, ended yesterday.

"I feel very happy and satisfied with their work. I am in top condition and now what remains is to relax and wait for Saturday, "a relaxed Miguel Cotto to speak to the press after finishing the training at the Top Rank gym, which for an hour and a half did work floor and several rounds of gauntlets.

"We're comfortable, and the weight is fine. There is anxiety, the anxiety begins moments before climbing into the ring, meanwhile still normal. Tomorrow (today) we will run if necessary, "said Cotto, who left the gym at 144 pounds, below the maximum weight of 145 pounds that make today will have both fighters weighed in will be at 3:00 pm (7:00 pm ET, Puerto Rico), at the MGM Grand Garden Arena and will be open to the public.

The WBO welterweight champion vowed that tomorrow will see a Miguel Cotto better than we have seen before. We know who leads Pacquiao in force, we who have fought in this division for three years and we know also that he excels in speed and we have prepared for it with great defense, with many lateral movements. I'm ready for my fight, no matter what pattern Pacquiao fight will do. We'll see if he was prepared for what Miguel Cotto brings.

At home in Las Vegas

Cotto said he has been very beneficial to get to Las Vegas on November 1, two weeks before the fight, when his habit was to arrive a week earlier.

"Make a difference, we are used to the schedule. The four-hour time difference makes a dent, most of us athletes. And we acclimated to the schedule, the low-rise city of Las Vegas and we feel good. "

Yesterday, Cotto was back in the betting at a rate of two and a half to one, but that does not lose sleep at boricua. Nor is his promoter Bob Arum that he referred to as an icon Pacquiao and him as a great fighter.

"I know nothing about gambling or interest me. Whether or not the favorite does not add anything extra. I'm not here to become an 'icon' or the best pound for pound. I am here to do what I do, make my money, go with health and enjoy what I did with sacrifice and sweat through all these years, "said the boxer, who trained in the presence of his mother, his wife and three children.

"My children are the main reason for what I do every day and are here to support me full of happiness and it helps to distract me and spend the better days and happy," said Cotto who lost no time to kiss and smile at their children within minutes of rest between training.

Meanwhile, Coach Joe Santiago, expressed his dissatisfaction with the time of weighing, which will be at 3:00 pm Las Vegas.

"Every boxer weighing wait that long to bother him. It must have been earlier but this is something we have to work and Miguel will weigh eaten (without starving). Before weighing decide if for some light exercise.

Evangelist in mind

On the other hand, Santiago thanked the expressions of Evangelista Cotto, who backed him in a recent interview.

"I expected nothing less from Mr. Evangelista Cotto. Everyone knows it was my teacher and although he is in Puerto Rico, my heart and I still appreciate. One gives you more confidence to have the support of those who have been their teachers, "said Santiago.

The fledgling 32-year coach said recently over a week spoke with Evangelista, who supplanted as head at the corner of Cotto from the bout against Joshua Clottey last June.

"We talked about boxing, but do not talk about Miguel Cotto or this fight. I am the 'matchmaker' promotions Miguel Cotto and discussed plans to continue with other boxers in the business. "

Source: especiales.elnuevodia.com


  1. Cotto is in go shape. Is going to be a good fight. This is the time that Pacman is going to change to Cottoman. You are going to see that in PS3.

  2. Go shape....going to go sleep shape...he he he

  3. hahahahahhaa....santiago is very worried now...the time cotto steps inside the ring, he put all his foot on the grave...i dont believe cotto is comfortable in his weight now...look at his face, he was drained and his eyes looks like he saw a ghost...cotto will be facing his final battle after that he will retire...TKO BY PACMAN AT ROUND 5...

  4. Go shape?? go shape what?? your coffin???...

    I like what Freddie said.. hehe...

    We're gonna make him quit...

  5. hey jacob!

    go kO pacman in your own ps3. promise me u wont kill yourself after the fight!!!!!!!!!

  6. now you all know that Filipinos' has the sharpest eyes on things...

  7. Easy fight for Pacman. He can connect at Cotto at will the WHOLE round and even can take Cotto's punches.

    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!

  8. wow... i love yuor comment..kip it up dude!!

  9. cotto is a great boxer and when he faced pacquiao it was just too much for him to deal with a fighter that has speed and power.