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Manny Pacquiao Throws Out First Pitch At PETCO Park

Six-time world champion pound-4-pound king Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao, General Santos, Philippines throws out the first pitch during Filipino Heritage Night at PETCO Park on Tuesday for the San Diego Padres - Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game. Pacquiao is in town to promote his upcoming "FIREPOWER" World Welterweight championship mega fight against three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico Miguel Cotto, Caguas, Puerto Rico. Pacquiao vs. Cotto is promoted by Top Rank, in association with MGM Grand and Tecate, will take place, Saturday, November 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and will be available live on HBO Pay Per View..

PacPromoted 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


Manny Pacquiao Now Pitching for the Padres

Boxing's No. 1 pound-for-pound king and the reigning Fighter of the Year, MANNY "PacMan" PACQUIAO, will be "bringing the heat " when he throws out the Ceremonial First Pitch at PETCO Park in San Diego, Calif. before the San Diego Padres - Arizona Diamondbacks baseball game, Tomorrow! Tuesday, September 15. This event will conclude the cross-country, five-city, two-ocean media tour promoting "FIRE POWER" -- the world welterweight title fight between Pacquiao and three-time world champion and the pride of Puerto Rico MIGUEL COTTO.

This will be Pacquiao's final U.S. appearance before heading back to the Philippines to begin training camp.

Tomorrow's Padres-Diamondbacks game at PETCO Park will be part of the Padres' Filipino Heritage Night. Pacquiao will host a news conference at 6 p.m. PT in the Auxiliary Locker Room (located in the service corridor.) Pacquiao will then participate in a public pre-game ceremony at 6:30 p.m., followed by Pac Man taking the mound to throw out the first pitch at 6:55 p.m. The game will begin at 7:05 p.m.

Ticket Information: www.padres.com or www.padresbeisbol.com

"FIRE POWER" MEDIA TOUR

Sept. 10 - Yankee Stadium, Bronx, New York
Sept. 12 - Centro de Bellas Artes de Caguas, Caguas, Puerto Rico
Sept. 13 - AT&T Park, San Francisco, California
Giants vs. Dodgers
Sept. 14 - Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California
Sept. 15 - PETCO Park, San Diego, California *
Padres vs. Diamondbacks
*(Pacquiao Only)

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, 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 15.09.2009



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