THE MUCH-DEBATED WEIGHTY ISSUE WILL BE JUDGED COME FIGHT NIGHT!
By Reylan Loberternos
Sat, 14 Nov 2009
Tungod, Inabanga, Bohol – Only a mere pound separated the two combatants during the official weigh-in of the highly anticipated showdown between defending welterweight champion “Boricuan Bomber” Miguel Angel Cotto (34-1-0, 27 KOs) and universally recognized pound for pound best fighter in the world Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs), the night before they are set to trade mitts at the MGM Grand of Las Vegas, Nevada.
Pacquiao looked as huge as ever, whereas his dance partner in Cotto looked as slim as he’s ever been. It would be very interesting how much the weight difference turns out to be come fight night. The Filipino firebomb could enter the ring probably around 5 to 7 pounds heavier than he did during the weigh-in, while Cotto could dramatically balloon twice or even thrice heavier than Pacquiao’s added poundage. This will definitely be an important factor that could very well determine the outcome of this epic showdown.
If Cotto weighs only a few pounds heavier than Pacquiao tomorrow, then this fight would be reminiscent of the Oscar De La Hoya fight when the Filipino even weighed heavier than the “Golden Boy”. Cotto took this fight on the premise that he is the bigger and stronger fighter. If he doesn’t take this size advantage to the fullest by weighing much heavier than Pacquiao as he enters the squared circle, then he’ll definitely lose the only advantage he’s had all along. It is therefore tantamount to a long and bloody night for the “Boricuan Bomber”. But if he does, this fight could turn out the way Nonito Donaire Jr. vs Rafael Concepcion did.
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Eitherway, it’s going to be a great fight and it will be a great night for the sport we all love!
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Manny Pacquiao vs. Miguel Cotto: Clash of Class!
Six-time world champion pound-for-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao (L), General Santos, Philippines and three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto, Caguas, Puerto Rico weigh in (Pacquiao 144 lb,Cotto 145 lb) for their upcoming "FIREPOWER" World Welterweight championship fight. Pacquiao vs Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MP Promotions,Cotto Promotions,MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday,November 14 at the sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View. — Photo Credit: Chris Farina – Top Rank