Miguel Cotto, 34-1 (27 KOs), was once the most feared welterweight in the world. After a thrilling loss to Antonio Margarito, in which Margarito may or may not have had illegal hand wraps, Cotto was no longer invincible. After a less than impressive win over Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto is looking to regain some of the luster that Margarito wiped away. Cotto is an exceptional boxer with amazing heart and toughness. Pacquiao represents his biggest fight, but the Puerto Rican is no stranger to the big stage. He headlined Madison Square Garden against Zab Judah and again with Shane Mosley. This will be his second time on pay-per-view from the MGM Grand. His first was with Margarito. The X-factor with Cotto will be how he looks during the weigh-in. The 145 pound catchweight helps Pacquiao. A drained and fatigued Cotto would help even more.
Manny Pacquiao, 49-3-2 (37 KOs), has been making history with every fight and this one is no different. He is attempting to become the first boxer to win a world title in seven different weight classes. As meaningless as boxing titles have become, it is still a mighty impressive feat. Pacquiao’s run has been amazing but his aura of invincibility really started to form after he made Oscar De La Hoya quit on his stool last year. Pacquiao followed with a quick dismantling of Ricky Hatton in May of this year, only adding to the aura. Manny appears unstoppable. His lightning fast hands and desire to engage have not only lead him to a slew of wins, but have garnered him millions of fans. There is bound to be a ceiling on Manny’s ascent up the weight classes. We will see if Miguel Cotto is in fact that ceiling this Saturday.