Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto Square Off In November Bout

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Vibe / October 30, 2009

Boxing’s number one pound-for-pound fighter, Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao, is set to get back into the ring on Nov. 14 when he faces the pride of Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto, for what some say will be the toughest bout of his career.

Up for grabs is Cotto’s WBO welterweight title and the first-ever WBC Diamond Belt.

After recently announcing their fight at an international press conference in New York’s Yankee Stadium, Pacquiao and Cotto proceeded on the remainder of the five-city, coast-to-coast, two ocean media tour, taking them to Caguas, Puerto Rico, AT&T Park in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, CA, and PETCO Park in San Diego.

“I will train harder than I have ever trained before because Miguel Cotto will be my toughest test as a professional fighter,” said Pacquiao. “I know Miguel Cotto is an excellent fighter and a great world champion.”

“He is strong and smart and that is a dangerous combination for anyone who challenges him,” Pacquiao continued. “But like every fight, I will not enter the ring alone. My countrymen don’t just give me their support, they also give me their strength, their pride and their love. That is why I must give my all. I fight to win and give honor to the Philipines.”

Cotto agrees with Pacquiao’s sentiments, explaining he has never met a fighter like him. However, Cotto says the best in the sport will be decided when they finally meet in the ring.

“He has fought a lot of tough fighters but never one like me,” said Cotto. “The world will know who the best is when we meet in the ring.”

Pacquiao hails from the City of General Santos in the Philippines, and since starting his professional career in 1995, he’s boasted a record of 49 wins, three losses, and 37 knockouts. In his career, he has won six world titles in weight division ranging from 112 to 140 pounds. His coming-out party was last year when he took home world titles at 130 and 135 pounds, with victories over Juan Manuel Marquez and David Diaz, respectively, and completed the trifecta by knocking out Oscar De La Hoya at 147 pounds.

This year, he defeated junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton with a devastating one-punch second-round knockout. Now, he has his sights set on Cotto to continue his winning streak.

Cotto is a native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, boasting a record of 34 wins, 1 loss and 27 knockouts. He has held a world title every year since 2004. Cotto has held the WBO junior welterweight crown from 2004 to 2006, and successfully defended it six times before vacating it to capture the WBA welterweight title at the end of 2006, a title he has held for nearly as long. Notable scalps on Cotto’s belt include “Sugar” Shane Mosley, Zab “Super” Judag, Joshua Clottey, Paulie Malignaggi and Demarcus Corely.

Their bout takes place on November 14th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and will broadcast on pay-per-view for $54.95.

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