So concludes our marathon pre-fight coverage of one of the biggest fights of 2009, Manny Pacquiao against Miguel Cotto. Don’t forget to join us for a live blog of the bout Saturday! We’ll do round-by-round coverage of all the evening’s fights, and the more people join in with their thoughts, the better it gets.
Here it is: Your links to everything you need for Saturday’s mega-fight, whether you’re a hardcore or casual boxing fan.
I want to highlight, in particular, this link to a piece from The Wall Street Journal, because it’s a major statement for a mainstream news outlet to be making, and one I think is absolutely correct — the kind of thing I keep saying over and over again: “Saturday’s bout between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas should dispel the notion that boxing’s great days are over.” FINALLY: SOMEBODY GETS IT.
Yes, yes, I always start with my own writing. Did you know, by the way, I was “indispensable,” according to the aforementioned Wall Street Journal? Shucks. I explained why Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto was so important to boxing. I asked, and kinda answered, the two top questions for each boxer going into this fight. After that, I gave you a two-part breakdown of each fighter’s physical and mental/tactical capabilities. I reluctantly broke down the crappy undercard. I offered my final preview and prediction.
The fight will cost you $54.95 via one of your pay-per-view channels, but there’s a way to get a $25 discount: Buy some Tecate beer, which, I have to say, isn’t a bad beer. It’s like the Mexican Budweiser, but better. Here’s how to cash in.
As always, the best way to get introduced to what kind of fighters Pacquiao and Cotto are is to watch the eight-minute highlight clips HBO has put together for each of them. If you’re anything like me, it’ll also make you pretty eager to watch this fight.