Miguel Cotto vs Ricardo Mayorga - Watch PPV Boxing / SHOWTIME
By Special Report on Doghouse Boxing (Feb 2, 2011) Photo © Tom Casino / SHOWTIME
       
GOBBLER'S KNOB, (Groundhog Day 2011) -- At approximately 7:25 A.M. today, Punxsutawney Phil -- the Seer of Seers, Prognosticator of all Prognosticators -- emerged from his burrow at Gobbler's Knob in Punxsutawney, Penn, and proclaimed, in his native Groundhogese, that the Pride of Puerto Rico, MIGUEL COTTO, would successfully defend his World Boxing Association (WBA) super welterweight title against two-division world champion and No. 1-rated loudmouth Ricardo "El Matador" Mayorga on Saturday, March 12, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev!

"It‘s five more weeks of training for Miguel Cotto and Hall of Fame Trainer Manny Steward," stated Phil as he shadowboxed during his annual news conference. "Miguel is going to exit the ring the same way he entered it -- as world champion."

The world's most famous forecaster, wearing a Cotto headband and a T-shirt emblazoned with "Viva Puerto Rico" on the front, continued with his victory prediction for Cotto, who has held a world title every year since 2004.

"I'm very bullish on Miguel Cotto. He's the economic stimulus that will continue to spur boxing's growth and popularity. On March 12, Miguel will be unstoppable. It will be lights out in Mayorgaville!" exclaimed Phil.

When pressed for a definitive answer on whether Mayorga had a chance to defeat Cotto, Phil astounded the media by answering in English.

Quoth the groundhog, "Nevermore."

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Cotto vs. Mayorga will be promoted by Top Rank, in association with Cotto Promotions, Don King Productions, Tecate and MGM Grand. Remaining tickets, priced at $400, $300, $200, $100, and $50, not including applicable service charges, can be purchased at all Las Vegas Ticketmaster locations (select Smith’s Food and Drug Centers and Ritmo Latino.) Ticket sales are limited to 16 per person. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster (800) 745-3000. Tickets are also available for purchase at www.mgmgrand.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

The Cotto vs. Mayorga pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT, has a suggested retail price of $49.95. It will be produced and distributed live by SHOWTIME PPV®. The telecast will be available in HD-TV for those viewers who can receive HD. For Cotto vs. Mayorga fight week updates, log on to www.sports.SHO.com or www.toprank.com.

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