By Lee Bates
The press conference in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Saturday to promote the November 14th showdown between welterweight champion Miguel Cotto and Pound for Pound King Manny Pacquiao definitely was a positive promotion for the fight. Bob Arum’s Top Rank had every aspect of the event on point and everything ran on a smooth punctual schedule. The entrance for the two fighters was very exciting as they were both elevated from underground in their chairs and up to the main stage. The entrance brought a huge roar from the large crowd who packed the venue which was a Theater setting. In a day and age where some press conferences are marred by verbal jabs and sometimes physical ones, it was a pleasant sight to see two combatants show ultimate respect for each other. “I welcome Manny Pacquiao to Puerto Rico and he is always welcome here,” said Cotto.
Freddie Roach: I know Miguel Cotto better than anybody right now. I’ve been watching videos of his fights for a month straight now. This is boxing at its best. We want to fight the best in boxing and one of those is Miguel Cotto.
Manny Pacquiao: No one knows who is going to win this fight. We are both going deliver our best efforts which will give the fans an excellent show.
Miguel Cotto: On November 14th we are both seeking victory. I’m confident that I will return to Puerto Rico on November 15th with my title. (crowd erupts)