Monday, November 9, 2009

Pacquiao and Cotto to Bring Brisk Business back to Las Vegas

By Leo Reyes.

The 'Firepower' match between Filipino boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico is expected to draw thousands of boxing fans to Las Vegas and keep the local economy alive even for just a week.

World's most popular boxer Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto are expected to draw thousands of boxing fans from around the world to visit Las Vegas to watch their 'Firepower' match at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Fans and supporters of both Pacquiao and Cotto will turn the dull domestic economy of Las Vegas into a vibrant and progressive economy even for just a week. Hotels and eating places and even casinos along the strip as well as known tourists spots will be filled with thousands of visitors who are expected to watch the fight.

Boxing fans who will watch the fight at the MGM Grand usually tag along their families and friends for a weekend stay in Las Vegas. Family members may not watch the fight for lack of seats, but they will definitely spend some money for food and accommodations which will in turn keep the local economy alive.

Rod Mijares of Boxing.com thinks that Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman should give a symbolic key to Manny Pacquiao, the main attraction of the 'Firepower' match in recognition to his contribution to the local economy.

The 'Firepower' match will be Manny Pacquiao's 11th fight in Las Vegas. Eight of these fights were staged at the MGM Grand Garden arena since 2001 when the Filipino boxing champion fought and won over the South African super bantamweight champion, Lehlohonolo Ledwaba

The 'Firepower' match will be staged at the MGM Grand Garden arena in Las Vegas on November 14, featuring popular Filipino boxer Manny Pacquiao and WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico. At stake is Miguel Cotto's WBO championship belt.

The two fighters are now in Las Vegas for the final phase of their training and physical conditioning.

The fully sold out fight will be carried in worldwide television and is available on pay-per-view.

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