These two little guys at the Stadium yesterday are among the baddest dudes on the planet.
They are Manny Pacquiao (right) and Miguel Cotto, who were in the Bronx promoting their Nov. 14 fight in Las Vegas.
Verbose promotor Bob Arum said the event was a lead-in to a card being held at the Stadium. The Yankees would love to get the Pacquiao-Cotto winner against the victor of next weekend’s scrap between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez. Arum shot that idea down, but did say the Stadium could get Cotto at some point.
“I think one of the reasons we had the press conference here is a precursor for a big, big event,” Arum told The Associated Press. “Certainly a big fight is going to happen next year, and it’s going to happen at Yankee Stadium.”
The old Stadium was one of boxing’s great venues back in the day. Muhammad Ali fought Ken Norton there in 1976. Sugar Ray Robinson, Joe Louis and Carmen Basilio also fought there.
As the Yankees try and find new revenue streams, boxing makes a lot of sense. There are logistical and security concerns, but those can be addressed. When the matchup is right, there are few events more exciting in sports.