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Pacquiao media day; Cotto ready for Gomez

A crush of fight fans are expected to turn out for Manny Pacquiao's Media Day in San Francisco on Wednesday. Pacquiao, chief trainer Freddie Roach and assistants will take a private jet from Burbank, Calif. to San Francisco for the open workout. Pacquiao will speak to fight press first, then get into the ring to shake out. Fight fans there are invited to attend..

Top Rank's switchboard in Las Vegas has been receiving an avalanche of calls from fight fans about Pacquiao's Media Day.

"It's really going to be something special, a treat for all fight fans in San Francisco," said Bob Arum of Top Rank. Arum will be in San Francisco on Tuesday night and will greet Pacquiao at the workout.

Pacquiao has been training for weeks at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles. He is top form and is now anxious to break camp for one day and head for San Francisco where he has a legion of fans.

Here are the details:

MANNY PACQUIAO MEDIA DAY
Wednesday, Feb. 27 - 12:30 pm
Titanium Training Center
1436 Polk Street @ California
San Francisco

Pacquiao is getting wired in for his upcoming showdown against world champion Juan Manuel Marquez at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on Saturday, March 15. Top Rank, Golden Boy are promoting and Marquez vs Pacquiao will be available on HBO Pay Per View.


MIGUEL COTTO READY FOR WORLD TITLE DEFENSE ON APRIL 12

World champion Miguel Cotto said yesterday "...I hope Alfonso Gomez brings his A-game because I'll be more than 100% prepared on April 12."

Cotto, at a press conference in New York, has already begun training. He had two assistant trainers with him while in New York.

Cotto will defend his WBA Welterweight title against Gomez who is promoted by Jeff Wald of The Contenders.

"I've waited 17 years -- that's how long I've been boxing -- to get an opportunity to fight for a world title," Gomez said. "Cotto is a great champion but he's made his millions of dollars. I'm more hungry. He's a great champion and he hits hard, but my hunger to win will be the difference."

Cotto vs. Gomez and Kermit Cintron vs. Antonio Margarito is scheduled April 12 at the historic Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and will be broadcast on HBO.

Article posted on 27.02.2008



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