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Pacquiao vs Cotto, Nov 14th, 2009, Huge Fight

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NEW YORK — The cut discussed at Yankee Stadium on Thursday had nothing to do with the one solid swing Derek Jeter needs to produce the hit that will surpass Lou Gehrigfor the New York Yankees record.

It had everything to do with the world welterweight championship bout between Manny Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs) andMiguel Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs) on Nov. 14 in Las Vegas.

Cotto suffered a severe cut above his left eye that required 14 stitches to close when he gained a split decision against Joshua Clottey in mid-June.

The native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, does not expect that old wound to cause him a problem again in a 12-round bout that looms as the most difficult of his career.

"That's not the first cut I received in my career and not one of them reopened again," said Cotto, 28. "I trust in the guy who stitched me, and I trust in myself that it will not be a problem."

Pacquiao, though, smiled broadly when the gash that gave Cotto problems in the late rounds vs. Clottey was mentioned to him. Asked if that might be something he can exploit by targeting that area, the native of General Santos City in the Philippines laughed and said, "We have our chance."

Pacquiao, renowned for his speed, displayed surprising power when he needed one devastating punch to knock out defending junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton in the second round May 2.

"The punch he gave Ricky Hatton, if he hits with this kind of punch, he can throw Mike Tyson to the canvas," said Cotto, referring to the ex-heavyweight champion. "But I'll be ready."

Approximately 1,000 fans attended a public news conference at Yankee Stadium to begin the promotion of the eagerly anticipated Pacquiao-Cotto clash.

Yankees chief operating officer Lonn Trost said he'd like to see boxing come back to Yankee Stadium and mentioned he'd be interested in hosting a mega-fight next year between the winner of Pacquiao-Cotto vs. the winner of the Sept. 19 Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez fight in Las Vegas.

"There'll be a winner of this fight and a winner of the Mayweather fight," Trost said. "Where better to hold that fight than Yankee Stadium?"

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