Monday, December 28, 2009

Miguel Cotto vs Felix Trinidad: Tito Wants The Fight?

By Mark Vester

Could the ultimate all-Puerto Rico super fight be in the works? According to a report in El Nuevo Dia, former three division champion Felix "Tito" Trinidad is interested in a career-ending catchweight fight with Miguel Cotto in 2010. The Puerto Rico based newspaper spoke to a source who refused to disclose their name on the record. Going by the comments, the source seems to be someone affiliated with Trinidad.

"For a lot of people it might sound outlandish, but the truth is that they both need a great fight to finish their careers," the source said. "We know that Cotto is thinking about moving up in weight for his next fight, and there is enough time, if we get a quick agreement, that Tito can get to a healthy weight because he is a guy who is careful and does not gain a lot of weight. They can negotiate anywhere between 158 and 164."

Does anyone actually think Trinidad can get to 158 or 164? He barely made 170 for last January's fight with Roy Jones Jr. Trinidad is simply too big for Cotto. The promoters are at not eactly friends. I don't even remember the last time Bob Arum of Top Rank made any sort of deal with Trinidad's promoter Don King. The dream fight of Puerto Rico is simply what it is, a dream.

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Sunday, December 27, 2009

MIGUEL COTTO: "I TAKE NOTHING AWAY FROM MANNY...HE IS FAST AND STRONGER THAN WE THOUGHT"

By Percy Crawford

"I take nothing away from Manny. We both made a great fight...He is fast and stronger than we thought he would be...He is fast and stronger than we thought he would be," stated former welterweight champion Miguel Cotto as he talked about his loss to Manny Pacquiao, his future plans and more.

PC: How are you doing Miguel?

MC: I'm doing pretty good, enjoying the holiday season.

PC: Now that you have had time to reflect on the Pacquiao fight, where do you feel you went wrong?

MC: Well, some details did not came out the way we wanted, but I take nothing away from Manny. We both made a great fight.

PC: Was coming down to 145 tougher than you thought it would be since you hadn't weighed 145 or less since 2006?

MC: I felt really good at that weight. It wasn't a problem for me.

PC: We all know Manny has a ton of speed, but was he a bigger puncher than you thought he would be?

MC: He is fast and stronger than we thought he would be.

PC: A lot of people felt that your corner should have stopped the fight. Was that not an option for you?

MC: No, I didn't want the fight stopped. I was feeling good.

PC: I read where you plan on retiring at 30, which is next year for you. Is that accurate and what led to that decision?

MC: I always said that when I get to age 30, I was going to be out of the ring. That decision has been made and has nothing to do with my defeats.

PC: When I think of Miguel Cotto, I think of a warrior; a fighter that can punch with both hands and also a fighter that would fight anyone. How would you like to be remembered?

MC: As a good fighter and a great champion.

PC: You have one, possibly two fights left if you plan on retiring in the fall of next year. What caliber of opponents would you like to go out facing?

MC: As I always said, I'm just another employee of Top Rank. I'm willing to fight the big names out there.

PC: Although the fight looks shaky now, who do you like if Pacqiao and Mayweather did hook up?

MC: The one with the best condition will win.

PC: It was a pleasure and my honor to conduct this interview. I truly appreciate your time and would like to thank Eric for setting this up. Is there anything you want to say in closing?

MC: Anytime. Thanks for the opportunity. It is a pleasure for me.


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Monday, December 21, 2009

Three Possibilities For Miguel Cotto's Planned Return - Foreman, Margarito, Cintron

by James Slater

Warrior Miguel Cotto, who recently made it public how he intends to retire by the time he hits the age of 30, will possibly make his return to the ring in June of next year; in New York and on the eve of The annual National Puerto Rican Day parade. Cotto, as his fans are aware, has fought on this date a number of times previously, and, according to Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, promoter Bob Arum is currently working on making this happen again..

Badly beaten by pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in November, some people, myself included, wondered if Cotto would ever want to fight again. He does. But now he and Arum have to agree on who the former two-weight king should face in his comeback bout.

According to ESPN, there are three possible big-name opponents against whom Cotto could return against; and all three fighters would make extremely interesting opponents for the 29-year-old who is 34-2(27). They are: WBA 154-pound champion Yuri Foreman, Cotto's fellow Puerto Rican Kermit Cintron and, perhaps most interestingly, Antonio Margarito, who, of course, met and defeated Cotto in July of last year.

For Cotto to fight Foreman, a move up in weight would of course be needed, and the chance would be for Cotto to win his third "world" title at different weights. Arum told ESPN.com that new WBA champ Foreman's next fight will likely go ahead in March (against a TBA, venue to be decided) and that he could then perhaps face Cotto three months later. A win for Foreman would help propel him into the big time, while a win for Cotto would make him a champion all over again.

As for Cintron, ESPN.com reports how Arum and fellow promoter Lou DiBella have sat and talked about the fight, and it taking place at Madison Square Garden.

"Bob and Cotto have other options, but Cintron is certainly on the radar screen," DiBella said.

In all likelihood, however, a rematch between Cotto and the disgraced (and soon to be re-licensed) Margarito would prove the biggest draw of the three possibilities. Sure, a good number of fans have vented much anger on the Mexican, with some even saying they will never watch "Margacheato" fight again. But say what you want: Margarito's inevitable ring return WILL attract a load of attention - even more if it's against Cotto!

For what it's worth, my hunch tells me Cotto will opt for a fresh start, and decide to take on Foreman in a weight division the Puerto Rican star has not fought in before. Also an interesting fight, Cotto-Foreman would probably sell out The Garden.

Either way, and whoever he fights, it will be good to see the always-exciting Cotto back in action.

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Three Possibilities For Miguel Cotto's Planned Return - Foreman, Margarito, Cintron

by James Slater

Warrior Miguel Cotto, who recently made it public how he intends to retire by the time he hits the age of 30, will possibly make his return to the ring in June of next year; in New York and on the eve of The annual National Puerto Rican Day parade. Cotto, as his fans are aware, has fought on this date a number of times previously, and, according to Dan Rafael over at ESPN.com, promoter Bob Arum is currently working on making this happen again..

Badly beaten by pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao in November, some people, myself included, wondered if Cotto would ever want to fight again. He does. But now he and Arum have to agree on who the former two-weight king should face in his comeback bout.

According to ESPN, there are three possible big-name opponents against whom Cotto could return against; and all three fighters would make extremely interesting opponents for the 29-year-old who is 34-2(27). They are: WBA 154-pound champion Yuri Foreman, Cotto's fellow Puerto Rican Kermit Cintron and, perhaps most interestingly, Antonio Margarito, who, of course, met and defeated Cotto in July of last year.

For Cotto to fight Foreman, a move up in weight would of course be needed, and the chance would be for Cotto to win his third "world" title at different weights. Arum told ESPN.com that new WBA champ Foreman's next fight will likely go ahead in March (against a TBA, venue to be decided) and that he could then perhaps face Cotto three months later. A win for Foreman would help propel him into the big time, while a win for Cotto would make him a champion all over again.

As for Cintron, ESPN.com reports how Arum and fellow promoter Lou DiBella have sat and talked about the fight, and it taking place at Madison Square Garden.

"Bob and Cotto have other options, but Cintron is certainly on the radar screen," DiBella said.

In all likelihood, however, a rematch between Cotto and the disgraced (and soon to be re-licensed) Margarito would prove the biggest draw of the three possibilities. Sure, a good number of fans have vented much anger on the Mexican, with some even saying they will never watch "Margacheato" fight again. But say what you want: Margarito's inevitable ring return WILL attract a load of attention - even more if it's against Cotto!

For what it's worth, my hunch tells me Cotto will opt for a fresh start, and decide to take on Foreman in a weight division the Puerto Rican star has not fought in before. Also an interesting fight, Cotto-Foreman would probably sell out The Garden.

Either way, and whoever he fights, it will be good to see the always-exciting Cotto back in action.

Cotto: Retired or Inspired?

By Eli Grant

The last time we saw former World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Miguel Cotto in action, Manny Pacquiao just got done beating his face to a bloody pulp. Is this why Cotto has seemingly disappeared from the media? Is this most recent defeat combined with the relentless abuse administered by Marga-cheat-o just too much for one man to take? I think not. In fact, Cotto has been itching to get back into the ring, and it looks like we won’t have to wait too long for Arum to put something together, most probably with Yuri Foreman.

A recent interview, published by primerahora.com, showed Cotto looking like he has spent most of his life getting facials rather than climbing up the ranks of professional boxing. In fact, though nobody else would have been able to tell you, Miguel said he was completely fine after the fight with Pacquiao, stating that “it was just inflammation.” Why would anyone go to the hospital bleeding out the ears when you could just pop some Motrin? Regardless, his plans are to ease back into training, and hopefully headline a fight in June.

Unfortunately, for all the Cotto fans around the world, the good news stops shortly thereafter. Cotto’s plan from the beginning has been to retire by the time he turns thirty and it looks like he is sticking to his guns. He plans on two, maybe three more fights and then he is calling it a career.

Why!?!? He is one of the most exciting and explosive fighters to watch. Cotto-Moseley will never be forgotten. Neither will the two low blows he gracefully landed on Zab Judah. Besides, how often do you get to see a fighter break his opponent’s cheek bone? Thanks Malignaggi! I guess Paulie forgot to take the steroids that apparently make your face turn into steel like that of Pacquiao. Few boxers out there can make every one of their matches an instant classic.

Cotto is too young to quit, especially when we see Sugar Shane, De la Hoya, and Jones Jr. fighting like forty is the new twenty two. And he spent all that time learning English for publicity. Why let it go to waste? At twenty nine, one would have to suspect that Cotto has at the very least four more years in him.

Imagine this: Cotto dumps his school boy trainer and mends his relationship with his uncle. Then, Cotto takes on Margarito sans Plaster of Paris and reinstills a championship attitude that he maintained for his first thirty two fights. Cotto then runs over loud mouth Shane for the second time, sending him into retirement before he rolls over the hill. With peaking confidence, Cotto takes on Pacquiao one more time and this time actually throws punches, a gameplan that won him twenty seven knockouts, garnering him one of the biggest KO to win percentages.

Well, that’s just a fantasy because Cotto is considering moving up a weight class, probably because coming in at a 145 catchweight left a bad taste in his mouth. Not to mention the fact that he refuses to be a part of Margarito gaining another penny. And Pacquiao will be busy governing his country and hanging up the gloves for good after a Mayweather slaughtering. But it’s not so bad. It will be good to see him not looking like Skeletor fluttering his pitter patter while desperately trying to avoid getting hit by sprinting around the ring, forgetting to leave the defensive drills at his training camp. I guess it’s better to quit too soon rather than too late, where we would get to witness the all too familiar showcase of pathetic attempts trying to get every last bit of attention out there. So farewell to one of the classiest boxers in the sport – with the exception of that whole illegitimate child thing – we hope you go out with a bang.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

No talk of boxing as Pacquiao marks birthday in GenSan

By NICK GIONGCO


GENERAL SANTOS CITY — For a moment during his lavish 31st birthday celebration on Thursday night, Manny Pacquiao hardly spoke about the sport that has given him an unimaginable amount of fame and fortune.

Instead of regaling his guests with stories about his ring exploits, Pacquiao instead let the occasion take its natural course, allowing a bevy of guests share the limelight with him during his special day.

There were several high points during the close-to-six hour affair, including a dance number featuring his sons Jimuel and Michael Stephen and daughter Princess, and a rendition of the Carpenters’ classic “You Are The One” by wife Jinkee, who was radiant in her aquamarine gown.

There was no mention of Floyd Mayweather, who is being penciled to meet him on March 13, 2010, and the pound-for-pound king also was a bit surprised that negotiations have come to a stop after the promoters had initially laid the groundwork for the super fight.

“I don’t know, I don‘t know,” Pacquiao answered when asked about the status of the Mayweather bout being eyed either for the MGM Grand in Las Vegas or the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

But a conversation with a member of Pacquiao’s training team, two-time world champion Dodie Boy Penalosa, said he has been advised about the start of training by the second or third week of January either in Baguio City or Los Angeles.

Still, Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum said he expects to finally dot the Is and cross the Ts, in a matter of days. The MGM Grand in Las Vegas and the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas for slugging it out for the right to host the showdown.

Meanwhile, Pacquiao was officially sworn in as a member Nacionalista Party of presidential aspirant Manny Villar shortly after the birthday bash. The oath-taking rites were held at Pacquiao’s palatial home.

Pacquiao is seeking a congressional seat in Sarangani province next year.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Cotto vs Foreman: Miguel Would Consider a Move Up

By Mark Vester

Former two-division champion Miguel Cotto is six months away from his ring return. It was a big year of ups and downs for Cotto. He made a record amount of money [for his career] in 2009. Cotto beat Michael Jennings in February for the WBO title, retained it in June with a close decision over Joshua Clottey and then got stopped by Manny Pacquiao in November. Prior to the fight with Clottey, he was involved in a brawl with ex-trainer/uncle Evangelista Cotto. His uncle has since filed a lawsuit seeking millions of dollars. Not the only trouble in Cotto's life, as now a former female employee has filed a sexual harrasment suit naming Cotto and several of his family members.

Despite the setbacks, Cotto says 2009 was a good year. He says 2010 will be his final year in the sport. He plans to fight two or three more times before calling it a career.

"[2009 was] very good. Besides the outcome of my fight in November, I am very happy with what I've done during the year and I'm ready to start working on my final year in boxing," Cotto said to Primera Hora.

Cotto's return will happen in June around the time of the Puerto Rican Day Parade. Top Rank's Bob Arum wants his return in New York City's Madison Square Garden or Yankee Stadium. One possible option being discussed is a jump to junior middleweight to face unbeaten WBA champion Yuri Foreman. He won the title from Daniel Santos on the Pacquiao-Cotto undercard. The brand new champ is a New York native under the same promotional banner as Cotto. Top Rank likes the fight. Cotto is open to making it.

"I will make a fight in the summer and depending on how I do, there will be more. Still, we have not had any conversations with Top Rank. We're hoping that once the Christmas period goes by, we could then sit down and talk, "said Cotto. "[Moving up in weight], these are things that we are considering. I'm open to everything."

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Gensan gears up for Pacquiao’s birthday bash

abs-cbnNEWS.com

MANILA, Philippines -- General Santos City is currently gearing up for Manny Pacquiao’s 31st birthday celebration this coming Thursday (December 17).

A regional report said organizers are currently dressing up the KCC Convention Center, the same site where the pound-for-pound boxing champion celebrated his birthday last year.

Organizers said that unlike last year’s theme that focused on Pacquiao’s life as a boxer, this year’s celebration will emphasize other facets of his life.

Among this year’s birthday themes are Pacquiao’s roles as a son, father and husband.

The event, which will also serve as a mini-concert, will also highlight Pacquiao’s entrepreneurial skills and his acting and singing talents.

The celebration will be a tribute to Pacquiao after he won 7 world titles in 7 different weight classes.

‘Pacquiao loves singing more than boxing’

The Centerpoint band, which will serve as the front act of Pacquiao’s grand birthday bash, is also busy rehearsing.

Its lead composer Julius Paler has actually written Pacquiao a song titled “King of the Ring”.

Paler said the song is just right for Pacquiao, who recently won the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title from Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto last month.

Pacquiao’s main composer, Lito Camo, also arrived on site to join the rehearsals.

Camo said Pacquiao, who has released several recording albums, said is excited to sing at the concert.

“Actually si Manny, mas excited pa ata sa pagiging singer niya, kaysa sa pagiging boksingero. (Actually Manny seems more excited about his being a singer than his being a boxer),” he said.

Organizers will also hold a raffle draw, which counts a Toyota Vios as the grand prize.

Cotto doubtful to attend party

Meanwhile, Cotto is reportedly doubtful if he can attend the celebration.

Cotto, who had earlier expressed interest in visiting the Philippines, may not join Pacquiao on his 31st birthday owing to time constraint, according to MB.com.ph.

The report said Cotto aide-de-camp Bryan Perez sent a message to Pacquiao’s assistant, Joe Ramos, that the Puerto Rican champ wishes the Filipino "all the best in his birthday."

“Maybe, some other time (Cotto will get to visit the Philippines),” Perez said in the article. “Still, Miguel wishes Manny a happy birthday.”

Last year’s guests include former Pacquiao opponent David Diaz, Venezuelan champ Edwin Valero, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and American boxing trainer Freddie Roach. With a report from Chat Ansagay, ABS-CBN News SOKSARGEN

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Cotto coming for Pacquiao b-day bash?

By Francis T.J. Ochoa
Philippine Daily Inquirer

MANILA, Philippines--Guess who might be coming to Manny Pacquiao’s birthday bash?

Former WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, who lost his title to the Filipino ring sensation last month, might accept an invitation to fly to the country and be a special guest during Pacquiao’s birthday.

Although Team Pacquiao has yet to confirm the Puerto Rican’s arrival, Cotto had posted on his Twitter page that he is willing to fly to the country to attend the Filipino’s birthday bash—an annual extravaganza normally held in Gen. Santos City—on Dec. 17.

“Yes, we are willing to complete all the logistics (requirements) and we will go,” posted Cotto, in a reply to a query from Top Rank as to whether he would honor the invitation.

Pacquiao has a tradition of inviting opponents to the country after their bouts. Erik Morales was a regular guest of the boxer in the past. The two eventually shot a commercial together for beverage giant San Miguel Beer.

David Diaz also flew in last year for Pacquiao’s birthday party while Juan Manuel Marquez visited after their second fight—albeit to challenge the Pacman to a third bout.

Cotto’s statement was in response to a question posted by Top Rank on its own Twitter page: “Good day to you champ. I heard Manny invited you and your wife to his birthday on 17. Will you come?”

Pacquiao destroyed Cotto via a 12th-round TKO to snatch the WBO welterweight title and become the first fighter in boxing history to win seven crowns in as many weight classes.

Pacquiao is scheduled to fight undefeated superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr. on March 13.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Manny Pacquiao wants to party with Miguel Cotto

Manny Pacquiao has invited his previous opponent Miguel Cotto to his birthday party on December 17.

Pacquiao, who defeated Cotto by a 12th round technical decision last month, will celebrate his 31st birthday with a party in his hometown of General Santos City in the Philippines.

Both Cotto and Pacquiao are promoted by Bob Arum of Top Rank, and when the boss was in the Philippines recently to discuss a future match-up with Floyd Mayweather Jr, Pac-Man said he had great respect for Cotto and extended an invite to the Puerto Rican welterweight and his wife.

Pacquiao has been the subject of much speculation of late regarding his showdown with Mayweather, which is pencilled-in for March 13, 2010.

However, he hasn’t allowed the prospect of facing the biggest challenge of career put him off his birthday party.

Arum has been working on setting up the Pacquiao v Mayweather bout, which both fighters have agreed to in principle, but neither has signed a contract at this time.

The venue of the bout has been subject to speculation. Arum and Mayweather’s promoter Richard Schaefer were expected to visit Dallas this week to discuss the use of Cowboy’s stadium only for Schaefer to back down at the last minute and rule out an outdoor stadium as host.

This leaves Las Vegas as the front runner for what could be the biggest fight in the history of the sport. Arum will also be speaking to Team Cotto in the New Year to discuss future fights in 2010.

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Cotto camp denies allegations

The family of former WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto has dismissed a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Cotto in Puerto Rico by a former female employee as “frivolous, empty and a total fabrication.” Martha Chacon Acevedo is reportedly seeking $261,000 in damages against Cotto, whom she alleges she was fired after she rejected Cotto’s sexual advances.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Miguel Cotto, Dad Sued For Sexual Harassment

By Mark Vester

In a developing story on both sides of the fence, former two division champion Miguel Cotto, his father Miguel Cotto Sr. and other members of his team have been sued with claims of sexual harassment by a former employee of Cotto.

Martha Chacon Acevedo is seeking more than $500,000, claiming that Cotto made unwanted sexual advances when she worked as an administrator of a residential property that Cotto owned in the U.S. Caribbean territory. She claims to have had an affair with Cotto for two months out fear of losing her job. And further claims to have been fired after breaking up with Cotto in October 2008.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. district court in San Juan on August 24.

Cotto’s family released a statement calling the suit “frivolous, empty and a total fabrication.” They plan to fight the claims to the very end.

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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Miguel Cotto Plans Two More Fights, Then Retirement

By Mark Vester

Former two division champion Miguel Cotto is claiming that 2010 will be his last year in the sport. He wants to retire by the age of 30, which is next October. Cotto is recovering from the injuries he received during the fight with Manny Pacquiao on November 14. His promoter, Bob Arum, of Top Rank, wants to bring him back in the summer - likely in June on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

"Ten months will go by, so perhaps two more fights, and I'm going to walk away from boxing completely," Cotto told P rimera Hora . "I have been champion on three occasions and I am satisfied with what I have carried out [in boxing]. For the moment, I am going to rest during the Christmas period and then I will begin to train little by little."

Jose Luis Castillo has been mentioned as a comeback opponent. If Castillo falls in line, Cotto is willing to fight him. Cotto is also not against a possible move to 154 to face WBA champion Yuri Foreman.

"I've always been open to fighting the big names. I've never said no to anybody and if Castillo is the one, I'll fight him," Cotto said.

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