Sunday, November 8, 2009

Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto Tale of the Tape

Manny Pacquiao has happened to be the most popular boxer today. Having a record or 49-3-2, with 37 KO's, he has been knocking down well known boxers to become the first Filipino and Asian boxer to win five world titles in five different weight divisions. But the Pacman is not going to stop there as he aims to win over another belt against another great fighter in Miguel Cotto. For Pacquiao it was enough of a concern that his handlers originally insisted the Cotto fight be contested at 143 pounds. Wisely, Cotto’s side understood that would be an unnecessary weakening of their man and agreed only to come down to 145.

Miguel Cotto is not to be taken for granted with a record of 34-1 and 27 KO. This guy is the current WBO welterweight champion. Cotto began his professional career in 2001, and on September 11, 2004, he defeated Kelson Pinto for the WBO junior welterweight championship. He defended the title successfully a total of six times, before vacating it when he ascended to the welterweight division. On his first match on this division he defeated Carlos Quintana for the vacant WBA welterweight championship. Cotto successfully defended this title against Oktay Urkal, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley and Alfonso Gómez, before losing it to Antonio Margarito. On February 21, 2009, he defeated Michael Jennings to win the vacant WBO welterweight championship.

Manny PacquiaoVSMiguel Cotto
5'6 1/2"Height5'8"
12"ForeArm11 1/2"
20"Thigh22 1/2"