Before the much anticipated fight between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, HBO Sports will air new 24/7 episodes featuring these two boxing superstars.
The battle of the welterweights billed as “Firepower” is set to happen on November 14, 2009 9PM ET at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao from the Philippines, the pound for pound king currently has a professional record of 49 wins (37 knockouts), 3 losses and 2 draws. He became world champion as a flyweight, super bantamweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight and currently, he’s the International Boxing Organization (IBO) and The Ring world light welterweight champion when he beat Ricky Hatton on a devastating second round knockout last May.
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On the other hand from Puerto Rico, Miguel Cotto’s‘s professional record is currently at 34 wins (27 knockouts) and only 1 loss. He’s a former World Boxing Organization (WBO) light welterweight champion and World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight champion. His first loss came last year against Antonio Margarito stripping off his WBA welterweight belt. Early this year, he fought Michael Jennings and won the vacant WBO welterweight belt then he successfully defended it against Joshua Clottey last June.
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At stake in this fight is Miguel Cotto’s WBO welterweight belt. In addition to that, the winner will get the first ever World Boxing Council (WBC) Diamond Belt. According to WBC President Jose Sulaiman;
The WBC Board of Governors has approved by a unanimous vote that the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto fight, promoted by Bob Arum’s Top Rank, Inc. on November 14 in Las Vegas, will be the first ever for the prestigious WBC Diamond Belt.
The Diamond Belt was created as an honorary championship exclusively for fights between elite boxers, and Manny Pacqiuao, a three-time WBC world champion in three different weight divisions, and Miguel Cotto, a former WBC International champion, are unquestionably qualified as two of the best boxers of today. The belt is handcrafted by an artisan in Mexico City with 18 carat gold fusion and has about 800 diamonds, emeralds and rubies, as well as 150 Swarovsky semiprecious stones.
The Diamond Belt has received a tremendous positive response from promoters and media around the world, and we at the WBC are very excited and proud that this important and historic fight will be the first for the Diamond Belt. The WBC will not charge a sanction fee on this extraordinary occasion.
HBO Sports’ 24/7 documentary on Pacquiao-Cotto bout is divided into four episodes. Episode one (1) on October 24 on HBO, Episode two (2) on October 31, Episode three (3) on November 7 and the final episode, Episode four (4), will be aired a night before the fight on November 13.
Here are the HBO Sports’ 24/7 pre-documentary interview videos, Face Off with Max Kellerman.
Watch now: Face Off with Max Kellerman Part 1 Build Up Video
Watch now: Face Off with Max Kellerman Part 2 “Gearing Up” Video
Watch now: Face Off with Max Kellerman Part 3 “Round 1” Video
Watch now: Face Off with Max Kellerman Part 4 “Fierce Fights” Video
You can also watch the HBO Sports’ 24/7 Pacquiao-Cotto Trailer Videos;
HBO 24/7 Pacquiao-Cotto: Music Video
HBO 24/7 Pacquiao-Cotto: Legendary Voices – Freddie Roach (on Antonio Margarito’s Illegal Hand Wraps (with Plaster of Paris like substance)
HBO 24/7 Pacquiao-Cotto: Tattoos
HBO 24/7 Pacquiao-Cotto: Heritage