QUOTE (keith @ Jul 24 2009, 01:57 PM)
If they are the same size, how was it that Manny weighed 138 against Hatton and Miguel needs a catchweight of 145?
I didn't say they were the same size...I said he would look just as big, meaning he's not going to look small next to Cotto.
For the record, I don't put much stock into a fighter's weight during the weigh-in. Paul Williams can suck down to 147, but that's nowhere near his walkaround weight. He's just fortunate enough to be able to make that weight and thus have a big advantage over a lot of other fighters that fight at that weight.
What's more important to me is how much a fighter weighs when he actually steps into the ring to fight.
When Manny fought Ricky Hatton, he actually weighed 148 pounds when he stepped into the ring that night. The reason why he WANTS (note: WANTS...not needs) the catchweight of 145 is to gain an advantage over Cotto, a guy who can no longer make those lower weights so easily. Come fight night, when both fighters step into the ring, I will not be suprised to see Manny Pacquiao weigh around 148 pounds while Cotto might weigh something like 152 pounds. Those five pounds are not going to be noticeable or make a difference in the fight.
Manny and Roach have a lot of people fooled into believing that he's a small fighters, when the truth of the matter is that he walks around weighing 155 pounds. He's not as small as a lot of people think.