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Nacho Beristain Says Miguel Cotto Will Be In "A World Of Trouble" When He Fights Manny Pacquiao

Ignacio Beristainby James Slater - As is almost always the case when a big fight is coming up, experts that are not directly attached to the fight begin weighing-in with their predictions and analysis of the contest a few weeks before the action takes place. The soon to be upon us November 14th clash between megastar and number one pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto is no different.

Speaking on the Spanish language boxing show on ESPN, as reported by The Manila Times, esteemed trainer Ignacio "Nacho" Beristain said "Pac-Man" will win next month, and that Cotto is in big trouble.

"His [Pacquiao's] left hand is like a missile, like a rocket," Beristain said. "It has tremendous speed and his power is tremendous. The key to the fight is not only Pacquiao's speed but is also the fact that he has been better with his technique.. Cotto will be in a world of trouble once he steps into the ring with Manny, beside that, I don't think he recovered from the beating Margarito gave him. I think Pacquiao will win this fight."

Beristain, as you would expect, makes some good points and observations. Will Cotto's chin hold up if it's tagged by Pacquiao's awesome power? Will the Puerto Rican, having to have weighed-in at an agreed 145-pounds, be able to deal with the Filipino's amazing speed of hand?

Other experts have wondered out loud if Cotto has recovered from the hammering he took from the subsequently disgraced Antonio Margarito. If he hasn't, then he really will be in trouble and suffering from flashbacks on November 14th. But in no way can the naturally bigger and perhaps physically stronger man be counted out. This could well be Pacquiao's toughest fight in a long, long time. It's tough to argue with someone as knowledgeable as Nacho Beristain though.

Of further added interest, The Manila Bulletin has reported that promoter Bob Arum today informed them that Pacquiao's first fight in 2010 is being worked on for March 13th, and that the first choice of foe will be unbeaten boxing master and former pound-for-pound #1 Floyd Mayweather Junior. However, Arum gave a harsh warning that nobody, least of all, Pacquiao, should underestimate Miguel Cotto's chances on November 14th.

If - and it may be a tough fight type of a big if - Pacquaio can get past Cotto, a showdown between he and "Money" would be absolutely huge - as is November's fight, come to that. It seems, as long as he keeps on winning, Manny Pacquiao's star will continue to shine the brightest in all of boxing.

Article posted on 06.10.2009



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