Manny Pacquiao versus Miguel Cotto Live at the MGM Grand Tomorrow

November 13, 2009

Get Ready to Rumble

Tomorrow night may be the biggest fight in Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao‘s so far illustrious boxing career. He’s already gotten Mexico’s Golden Boy Oscar De La Hoya to throw in the towel against him when they fought in December of last year and he annihilated England’s Ricky Hatton with a stunning second round knockout this past May. He is heralded by Ring Magazine as the world’s number one pound for pound champion and he is the fighting pride of the south-east Asian archipelago, the Philippines.

More after the jump…

His opponent will be Puerto Rican fighter Miguel Ángel Cotto Vázquez who is the current WBO welterweight champion. Cotto, 29 will be defending his current belt when the two meet tomorrow evening in Las Vegas for the 140 pound bout. Cotto who lost his first fight as a professional against Antonio Margarito in 2008 is looking to prove to naysayers that it was a fluke. He recently beat Michael Jennings in February to attain his current WBO welterweight belt.

Miguel Cotto may be one of the world’s top 10 fighters, Manny Pacquiao will be facing a tougher challenge in Miguel than he did with Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton. Not to discount those two fighters but they were both in the waning years of their boxing careers when they challenged Pacquiao. Cotto also at this point in his career is a better fighter than what De La Hoya and Hatton were when they fought Manny.Cotto is  a bigger man than Pacquiao is, and this will be especially true after weigh in when they hydrate. This can possibly swing the advantage towards Miguel.  He will definitely have the advantage of size and strength going into tomorrow night and he looks to be in the best shapes he’s been since becoming  a professional pugilist.

Cotto turned professional after his appearance in the 2000 Sidney Olympics and brings along a record of 34 wins and 1 loss. He boxes in an orthodox style that has beaten boxers such as Victoriano Sosa, Joshua Clottey, Michael Jennings and Zab Judah. Given his size and experience, this will easily be Pacquiao’s best challenge since Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico.

Pac-Man however has not gotten to this stage of the game by beating chumps. The 2 boxers that he previously beat in De La Hoya and Hatton were no slouches. They both brought experience and have proved to the world countless times that they are amongst the best the sport has ever seen. Pacquiao has also beat the darling fighters of Mexico in Juan Manual Marquez, Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera, garnering the nickname of “Mexecutioner”. He is the first Filipino and Asian boxer to win five world titles in five different divisions. He is also the first boxer to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes.

Pacquiao is currently known as the single most popular Filipino ever. He is involved in acting, filmmaking, music recording and politics in his native homeland. His popularity stateside is also notorious because of his humbleness and recognition as the world’s number one pound for pound champion.

The certain air of a champion Manny brings is something Cotto will not be able to defend. He is quickly distinguishing himself as a force to be reckoned with and will more than likely be remembered with legends like Ali, Tyson and Marciano. He truly is a special boxer. Manny also brings the element of speed, his quickness will be something Cotto needs to pay very close attention to or he will be laying on the canvas as fast as Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao has also gotten better and smarter in every fight he has participated in, under the diligent tutelage of trainer Freddie Roach.

I believe that Manny will win this fight tomorrow with a decision. Cotto is easily prone to cuts and will suffer severe damage at the quick hands of Pacquiao. Manny is a superbly intelligent fighter with a punching range that will eventually wear Cotto down as the fight moves to the later rounds. Cotto however being the bigger man does have the chance to knock Manny down but I don’t think he can with one punch. He will have to really be able to counter the aggressiveness of Pacquiao and try to establish dominance early in the bout to have a chance to do so.

This should be a fight to go down in the books if both fighters show up with their best tomorrow night. I even will go as far to say that this will be worth the 50 something bucks I’ll have to cough up to watch this match. If Pacquiao wins he will undoubtedly be the best fighter the world has seen in quite some time. If Cotto wins he will make a major mark in his  professional career and gain instant credibility amongst the mainstream audience.




  1. Jedi kills it again

  2. hahahahahaha… man we the only ones writing!

  3. Desner too busy playing tiger woods golf on xbox.

  4. hahahahaa…. Desner get some Ranger articles up there.. I need a profile on someone hahaha

  5. i know hes your boy but cotto is gettin 3-1 odds…so truthfully when i watch tomorrow night i cant lose because if i bet cotto and it wins i hit and if e gwins, well i win too because i like the guy …sawwweet…3-1!

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