Pacquiao vs. Cotto promises to be explosive

November 13, 2009 7:33:56 PM PST
Manny Pacquiao meets Miguel Cotto Saturday night in Las Vegas in one of the biggest bouts of the year. It's poised to be a clash of hard-punching welterweights. Pacquiao has become a star in and out of the ring. Back in the Philippines, he's a singing and acting icon.

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Pacquaio has no love songs planned for Cotto, maybe a lullaby of fists, like the one he gave to Ricky Hatton.

A lot of people figure this bout is a stepping stone to a Pacquaio mega-bout with Floyd Mayweather, Jr., but Pacquaio says not so fast.

"I don't want to take lightly Cotto's fight because he's bigger than me and stronger and I have to focus and concentrate on the fight because Cotto is a good fighter," said Pacquaio.

Cotto says if Pacquaio is focused on Mayweather, that's fine with him.

"After I beat him on Saturday night, he can fight whatever he wants, I don't matter with that [sic]," said Cotto.

Pacquaio's trainer, Freddie Roach, says Pacquiao's speed and timing will be the difference, and he has no doubts about the outcome.

"Cotto has a lot of habits that we're going to take advantage of and I see a knockout in this fight? you watch," said Roach.

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