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Pacquiao, Cotto at Yankee Stadium on Thursday, Fans Urged To Attend Free Public Press Conference

BRONX, NY. (September 9, 2009) – Boxing’s No. 1 pound-for-pound king and the reigning Fighter of the Year, MANNY “PacMan” PACQUIAO, and the pride of Puerto Rico and three-time world champion MIGUEL COTTO, along with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, will kickoff their cross-country, five-city, two-ocean media tour promoting "FIRE POWER" -- their world welterweight championship fight -- at a FREE PUBLIC NEWS CONFERENCE on the field by first base (facing the stands) at YANKEE STADIUM, Tomorrow! Thursday, September 10. Doors will open at 11 a.m. ET with the News Conference beginning at Noon. Food and fight merchandise concession stands will be open for fans. Truant Officers will be barred..

Public and Media entrances are at GATE 4 (161st St and Jerome Ave.)

In the case of rain, tomorrow's Yankee Stadium festivities will continue. The press conference will move to the Yankee Press Room. It will stay open to the public and fans can watch, from covered seats, on the big screen in center field. Pacquiao & Cotto will come out to address the fans in person after speaking on the dais.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate, FIRE POWER: COTTO vs. PACQUIAO, will take place, Saturday, November 14, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and will be broadcast live on HBO Pay-Per-View, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, has won six world titles in as many different weight divisions ranging from 112 to 140 pounds. His performance in 2008 was described as “Henry Armstrongesque,” winning world titles at 130 and 135 pounds with victories over Juan Manuel Marquez and David Diaz, respectively, and knocking out and retiring Oscar De La Hoya at 147 pounds to finish the trifecta. This year, he picked up where he left off last year – winning another world title in a new weight division -- dealing defending junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton a one-punch second-round knockout on May 2.

Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico, who has never lost a fair fight, has sold more tickets to Madison Square Garden in this millennium than any other fighter. He has held a world title every year since 2004. Puerto Rico’s most exciting fighter, Cotto held the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight crown from 2004-2006, successfully defending it six times before vacating it to capture the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title at the end of 2006, a title he held for nearly as long. He won his second welterweight title in February this year, knocking out Michael Jennings in the fifth round at Madison Square Garden to become the WBO welterweight champion. Notable scalps on Cotto’s belt include Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Joshua Clottey, Paulie Malignaggi, and Demarcus Corley.

Article posted on 08.09.2009



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