- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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LAS VEGAS -- While Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Miguel Cotto are ready to do battle on Saturday night at the MGM Grand, Manny Pacquiao -- on Tuesday the target of yet another Mayweather verbal meltdown -- is headed stateside to finish his training for his own fight.
And don't count on Pacquiao watching Mayweather-Cotto, either.
Pacquiao and trainer Freddie Roach have been in the Philippines for weeks getting ready for Pacquiao's June 9 welterweight title defense against junior welterweight titlist Timothy Bradley Jr., which will also be at the MGM Grand. As usual, however, Pacquiao will put in the second part of his training camp at Roach's Wild Card gym in Hollywood, Calif., starting Monday.
They will arrive in the United States on Saturday night at LAX on Philippine Airlines flight 102 at 8:05 p.m. PT, which should be just about the time Mayweather and Cotto are getting set to enter the ring.
Because it's clear from Mayweather's recent comments that he has no plans to fight Pacquiao, why should Pacquiao bother watching to scout him anyway?
In a session with several media members upon his arrival at the MGM Grand on Tuesday, Mayweather yet again accused Pacquiao of using performance-enhancing drugs. Among other things, Mayweather said it was "basic common sense" that Pacquiao has used illicit substances and that fighting him would pose a risk to his health. Of course, there isn't a shred of proof that Pacquiao has ever used anything illegal.