By Paul Upham: Former undisputed junior welterweight boxing world champion Kostya Tszyu says current pound for pound king Manny Pacquiao should expect a tough fight from 28 year-old Miguel Cotto when they clash on November 14.
“I don’t think this is going to be an easy fight for Manny Pacquiao,” said Tszyu, “because Miguel Cotto is a very talented fighter and a big guy for the Pac-Man to face at welterweight, even bigger than Oscar De La Hoya.”
30 year-old Pacquiao from the Philippines will face Puerto Rican born Cotto over twelve rounds. Cotto’s WBO welterweight world title will be on the line along with the stellar reputations of both boxers.
“Cotto is very strong and Pacquiao will need to be at his best,” continued Tszyu. “But Pacquiao is a great fighter and I am looking forward to seeing him in action live.”
40 year-old Russian born Tszyu 31-2 (25), 1 NC, who held the WBC, WBA and IBF world titles from 2001 to 2005, confirmed he will be in attendance in Las Vegas for the Pacquiao-Cotto fight.
“It is going to be a big fight and I haven’t been to Las Vegas for a few years,” he said. “I won my first (IBF) world title at the MGM Grand in January 1995 and it will be pleasing to visit there once again.”