There’s not much you can do after training hard for five months only to have your opponent beat you convincingly for 12 rounds straight. Brandon Rios is a good guy but he’s just not an elite fighter that can compete with the likes of Floyd and Manny. I wish him the best in the future.
Great news for all the boxing heads out there.
It appears that a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto is in the preliminary stages and could very well happen in November. I don’t think you could make a more exciting fight than this unless Mayweather decides to fight Pacquiao, so fans are definitely getting what they want to see this year. Check the details:
“Manny told me what to do,” Bob Arum said. “Manny told me, ‘Go ahead, make that fight.’ So it will go Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand here in Vegas.”
What with Cotto’s badly cut left eyebrow area, I asked if that might cause a date delay.
“No because it’s not that bad. Miguel is delighted to get a fight against Manny, trust me. Miguel very much wants this fight. It will be a sensational fight the way they attack.”
As far as the explosive, arena-shaking ovation more than 17,000 fans gave Pacquiao when Michael Buffer introduced him, Arum said the fighter was thrilled.
“Manny really enjoyed and liked that,” Arum said. “He was impressed by Cotto’s fan support and told me it reminded him of how the British fans stand with Ricky Hatton.
This fight is gonna be one of the most exciting things we see all year because their styles are very suited for each other. Manny is a fast offensive fighter, Miguel is all-heart and never clenches his opponent. Team Pacquiao made a VERY smart move by targeting Cotto because:
1. His defense is mediocre. Cotto has been put on his ass and rocked PLENTY of times, this plays into Manny’s hands.
2. Cotto is relatively slow, he doesn’t wow anyone with handspeed.
These two things are the exact reason Manny Pacquiao didn’t fight Shane Mosley (who has excellent handspeed and excellent defense). Shane approached Team Pacquiao immediately following his destruction of Ricky Hatton, and was basically told to kick rocks. It wasn’t about money, it wasn’t about weight, it was about the fact that Mosley is very dangerous and the risk outweighed the reward.
I highly doubt Manny would kick Cotto’s ass the way he kicked Hatton’s ass, because Cotto is a tough cookie, but Manny will win nonetheless.
[shouts to bad left hook for the scoop]
I know Sportaphile has been really boxing-centric recently, but I just want to let you guys know I haven’t forgotten about the NBA and NFL news. I *always* write about what interests me at the time, and sometimes the typical sports headlines of the day just don’t inspire me to write. But rest assured, I’ll get some NBA in soon.
Now on with this painting…. .isn’t it sick? Details about the painting can be found at the bottom of the post.
The image of Manny Pacquiao on the RingTV.com homepage was painted by Tyler Streeter, an emerging artist who greatly admires the sport of boxing. He began drawing and painting fighters at the age of 10 after watching Marvelous Marvin Hagler fight Sugar Ray Leonard. The chemistry between Tyler Streeter and the “Sweet Science” is evident in his paintings. Reflecting the beautifully sharpened minds and courageous hearts of these modern day warriors, Streeter brings to life the mental anguish and physical stamina unique to boxing. Streeter lives in Las Vegas. You can view his works at www.tylerstreeter.com.
Things I’ve learned from the second episode of Hatton/Pacquiao 24/7:
1. Floyd Mayweather Sr. is almost 60 years old and is in better shape than I am, was, and ever will be.
2. Manny Pacquiao’s wife could get it, I didn’t really take notice of her during the Pacquiao/De La Hoya 24/7 because she was pregnant, but now that she’s back to normal I see whats good.
3. I was initially not too interested in seeing this, but HBO’s hype machine is legendary because I’m dying to see these guys fight now. The entire key to the fight will be Ricky Hatton’s ability to deal with Manny’s speed. We’ve seen Hatton get picked apart by a faster fighter before, so what he has to do now is be a smarter boxer. If Floyd Sr. manages to pull this off and get Ricky to overhaul his style and win…. he’ll be trainer of the year.
So we’re about a month away from Manny Pacquiao’s fight with Ricky Hatton and HBO is rolling out the first class promo for the bout. I originally predicted that Manny would murder Ricky Hatton, but I don’t think he’s going to fight the same Ricky that Floyd Mayweather fought.
In the past, Ricky would just charge in and bull-over fighters until he met someone faster and technically sound. Floyd Mayweather Sr. is making a point to teach him head movement, defense, and precision punching. A funny thing in this video is you’ll see Ricky Hatton working on drills he used to tease Floyd Mayweather for doing.