Friday, June 4, 2010
Two Yanks pick Cotto to win fight
NEW YORK -- The first fight in more than three decades at Yankee Stadium has just about everybody offering a prediction, including players on the team that usually calls the place home.
Several members of the Yankees are picking former three-time champion Miguel Cotto to defeat junior middleweight titleholder Yuri Foreman on Saturday night, when boxing returns to the Bronx ballpark for the first time since Muhammad Ali defeated Ken Norton in September 1976.
Most oddsmakers in Las Vegas list Cotto as a 2-to-1 favorite.
"I like Cotto. I've been following him for maybe like, four years ago, three years ago," said catcher Francisco Cervelli. "It's going to be a tough fight, but I think he can win."
The Yankees won't be able to see the fight live -- they'll be in the midst of a three-game series in Toronto -- but they're hopeful of catching it on TV. They have a day game Saturday and a team spokesman said they're working on a way to get the HBO telecast in Canada.
"It's going to be crazy, man. I can't wait," said outfielder Nick Swisher. "It's going to be interesting to see what it looks like. I just wish maybe they could have done it on an off day when we all could have been there, because you know almost every single one of us would have been sitting in the front row going crazy."
Foreman and Cotto have both made several trips to Yankee Stadium to help promote the fight, and videos have been played during every home game on the screen in center field. There have also been commercials and preview shows airing on the YES Network, which televises Yankee games.
Manager Joe Girardi posed with both fighters behind home plate on Thursday, before the team wrapped up a home series against Baltimore, and raised their arms for dozens of photographers.
"I'm just bummed that we can't be here because, you know, most of the time you got to go to Vegas or somewhere else," Swisher said. "That's a long ways from here, man. This is 15 minutes from where I'm living right now."