Pacquiao Ready For Cotto - But What About Mayweather?
Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto are set to go at it next Saturday, November 14th. And while Manny is a heavy favorite, he is not taking Cotto, who is known to be a heavy hitter, for granted.
In a recent interview, reporters asked Pacman what he thought about the chances of he and Pretty Boy Floyd duking it out and he responded in the article below..
I really don't think Manny is the type to get ahead of himself, as he is too focused and down to earth for that. But everyone knows that while next week's fight will be a decent one in which Manny is expected to prevail, most people are more anxious to see a matchup featuring the loud- mouthed Mayweather and the likable, people's champion - Manny Pacquiao.
I am going to predict a 7th or 8th round stoppage in favor of Manny in the Cotto fight.
As far as Pacman - Mayweather goes - lets just say that I would like to see it, but I am not going to hold my breath. I won't even bother to make a prediction unless there is some real possibility of it happening.
Anybody think Cotto has a chance of pulling off an upset? He does have power, that much is certain.But can he pull off a knock out against one of the most relentless, energetic fighters in the sport?
Here's the article :
LOS ANGELES - Manny Pacquiao believes the biggest potential fight in boxing will never happen because Floyd Mayweather Jr. wants no part of him.
Pacquiao is training in Hollywood for his meeting with Miguel Cotto on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas, but the pound-for-pound champion spared a moment Thursday to evaluate his chances of fighting Mayweather, the unbeaten pay-per-view king. Although the matchup almost certainly would be a financial bonanza for both fighters, Pacquiao thinks fans shouldn't hold their breath.
"I don't think it's going to happen," Pacquiao said. "I'm sure he doesn't want to fight."
Mayweather has been circumspect about his plans for his next bout, saying only that he has never ducked anybody and would consider any opponent. In his comeback bout from a 21-month layoff, Mayweather demolished Juan Manuel Marquez on Sept. 19 in a fight that generated more than one million pay-per-view buys.
Mayweather's advisers claim they haven't ruled out a bout with Pacquiao, likely among the world's few fighters who could match Money's speed. But the Filipino champion has surprisingly strong opinions about why it won't happen.
"Boxing for him is like a business," Pacquiao said. "He doesn't care about the people around him watching. He doesn't care if the fight is boring, as long as the fight is finished and he gets (plenty of) money. ... I want people to be happy. You have a big responsibility as a boxer."
If Mayweather and Pacquiao don't make a deal, Sugar Shane Mosley has been outspoken in his desire to fight Mayweather, even calling him out in the ring moments after his victory over Marquez. Mosley is slated to meet welterweight champion Andre Berto in Las Vegas in January.
After arriving in California last Saturday, Pacquiao has been ramping up his training regimen this week while also battling jet lag that forced him to sleep for about 20 hours on Wednesday, wiping out a day of training. Because of tax issues, Pacquiao's camp began in Manila and moved to Hollywood later than trainer Freddie Roach usually prefers.
"I'm not worried about it, because he's always known how to block everything out," Roach said. "If anybody can do it, he can."
Pacquiao looked fairly sharp while sparring 11 rounds Thursday at Roach's Wild Card Gym in front of a small group of spectators including Los Angeles Lakers forward Ron Artest and his father, Ron Sr., both avid boxing fans and Pacquiao admirers.
Pacquiao will spar 12 rounds on Saturday before gradually scaling back in preparation for his trip to Las Vegas to meet Cotto, the once-beaten welterweight champion whose combination of size and strength will be unlike anything the former flyweight champion has faced. Cotto is in camp in Tampa. Fla., before travelling to the West Coast next week.
"I consider this one of the hardest fights in my boxing career," Pacquiao said.