Are You Ready For A Rumble?
Vegas is getting ready for another great fight weekend. The war between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto is only a few days away and boxing fans are salivating.
As the fighters settle into the last phases of promotion and training, Manny Pacquiao remains calm amid the chaos on the strip. Basking in the adulation and spoils of success as thousands of fans welcome the Filipino phenomenon at the hotel, Pacquiao doesn’t look like a guy gunning for his seventh world-title in a seventh-weight class.
He gamely tells the press, “I never thought I would be this popular in the United States.”
Miguel Cotto too is adjusting to the desert, albeit trading friendly smiles with a detached seriousness.
By all accounts it is shaping up to be a tense, crowd-pleasing, high energy fight. While most insiders at this point are looking for any weaknesses, some speculation has been made that Cotto appeared withdrawn at the press conference. The likely inference becomes a question of the 145 agreed catch weight. Pacquaio’s camp asked for it, clearly to neutralize some of Cotto’s size advantage.
Aside from the size issue, the case for a Pacquiao victory remains strong. Here’s why.
Pacquiao has a way of systematically changing confident fighters into ones who are depleted and confused, just trying to find anyplace in the ring where they can catch a breath.
Miguel Cotto is fierce and tough but the consensus is he’s no match for Pacquiao’s superiority in terms of experience, speed and strength. The Vegas odds makers have Pacquiao as a 3-to-1 favorite.
It will be a difficult fight for Pacquiao and the biggest fight of Cotto’s career. Expect to see Cotto resume his natural style of fighting as the aggressor. As a tremendous body puncher, he’ll definitely go to work on the body and land a few good shots in between stalking Pacquiao and trapping him in corners.
However, Pacquiao’s newfound mastery of angles, combined with his other weapons, will keep him out of serious trouble.
But it’s boxing. Anything can happen.
Who will prevail come fight night and set the stage for a possible Mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather? Will it be a tribute to unquestionable toughness and an upset by Cotto? Or will the unmatchable speed and power by Pacquiao secure his bid for boxing history?
The answers will come quickly as the punches start to fly at the MGM Grand this Saturday night.