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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

No championships needed for Cotto or Pacquiao.

Styles make fights and memorable boxing moments, championships upon themselves do not; I firmly stand by that belief.

When Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao dance the brutal tango of boxing November 14, the world will be watching two of the sport's best due to their heart and fan-friendly action-based styles of boxing.

You will not see any hugging, or holding, and there will be plenty of fiery exchanges between the Puerto Rican and the Filipino. If either man gets hurt in the process, they will go down on their shield.

Those statements, in and of themselves, are why November 14 will be a great day for boxing. Anything else that heightens the marketing of the battle is just extra.

Houston's Boxing Examiner Marv Dumon stated in his recent column that this is an opportunity for Pacquiao to capture a world championship in a 7th division. While I enjoy Mr. Dumon's coverage of boxing from the goggles of a Southeast Texan, I must ask, what championship are Cotto and Pacquiao battling for in November?

Cotto holds the World Boxing Organization's welterweight crown and Manny Pacquiao is The Ring Magazine and IBO's junior welterweight champion. Cotto and Pacquiao will meet at a weight limit of 145 pounds; the welterweight limit is 147 pounds and the junior welter's 140. Clearly this battle takes place somewhere in between the two.

Common logic would state, no title will be on the line here.

I contacted Mr. Paco Valcarcel of the WBO today to ask is the WBO belt would be on the line, but he was not available for comment. Who know maybe the sanctioning body id willing to lower their welterweight limit to cash in on a sanctioning fee during these hard economic times.

So while I cannot see how a sanctioned championship would be on the line, it does not matter. The warrior-like characteristics of Pacquiao and Cotto will make for a memorable and historic night.

Source: http://www.examiner.com/examiner/x-2850-LA-Boxing-Examiner~y2009m7d21-No-championships-needed-for-Cotto-or-Pacquiao

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