While there are admittedly less boxing fans now than in years past, anyone who has even a passing interest in the sport knows about the big fight tonight in Las Vegas. Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao is fighting Miguel Cotto on pay-per-view, and celebrities – including several Yankees – are expected to be in attendance.
As you may remember, CC Sabathia is a big boxing fan. When the winter meetings were in Vegas last year, Sabathia attended the Pacquiao vs. Oscar De La Hoya fight in between talking to teams. He could be in the house tonight along with Derek Jeter, who is believed to have also asked for tickets.
I’ve always liked boxing, and some of the most sane conversations I’ve ever had with Gary Sheffield had to do with the sport. Sheff is good friends with several Tampa-area boxers, including Roy Jones Jr. and Winky Wright. Sheff once told me that he, Winky and Jeff Lacy actually went bowling together quite often, and even had shirts made up with their names on them. Seeing those guys in bowling shoes must have been quite a sight.
As for tonight, like most people I’m leery of paying 50 bucks to watch TV, so I’m not totally sure I’ll see the fight live. If you don’t mind the fee and/or find a bar to watch it, you’re in for some action – Pacquiao’s punching speed is blinding. I’ll pick him in an 8th round knockout.
For everyone else, enjoy the rest of your Saturday night.