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Friday, February 4, 2011
Fighters still have time for Super Bowl picks

By Dan Rafael

Everyone makes football picks, so how about we allow a few fighters with big bouts coming up to weigh in on the outcome of Sunday's Super Bowl XLV between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers?

• Junior middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto, who defends his title against Ricardo Mayorga on March 12 on Showtime pay-per-view: "The Steel Curtain of Pittsburgh will drop and close the show on the Green Bay Packers. I'm going with the Iron City."

• Mayorga, the former welterweight and junior middleweight titlist: "I'm pulling for Green Bay. They fight hard like me. The Steelers will roll over like Cotto when I drop-kick him in our super brawl on March 12."

• Unified bantamweight champion Fernando Montiel, who defends his belts against Nonito Donaire on Feb. 19 on HBO: "I'm going with Green Bay. They are peaking at the right time."

• Donaire, a former flyweight titlist: "Aaron Rodgers is a great quarterback. He throws very few interceptions. He will lead the Packers to victory."