Roberto Duran predicted on Friday that the 12-round WBO welterweight title match between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto tomorrow will be “tough for both fighters.” Speaking to Filipino scribes at the Pacquiao-Cotto media center following the eventful official weigh-in, Duran, now 58-years-old, believes the fight will be decided in the later rounds since “Cotto will not expose himself as much as he used to.”
“This fight is going to be very hard for both sides so they’ll hold back the first few rounds. The key here is to use your brains a lot. Exposing yourself will not be the key,” said Duran, who turned professional in February 1968.
Duran, who won world titles at lightweight, welter, junior-middle and middleweight in a storied career, fought for the last time in July 2001, losing to Hector “Macho” Camacho on points.
At the end of his career, Duran won 103 fights, lost 16 and had stopped 70 opponents.
One of Duran’;s victims was Filipino Flash Gallego, who the Panamanian macho man beat up in seven rounds in Panama City in the early 1970s.