The Long Drop

Sports, courts and afterthoughts
Posted: October 13th, 2009 | By David Isaacson

Manny Pacquiao takes on Miguel Cotto on November 14
Manny Pacquiao’s upcoming bout against Miguel Cotto has raised some questions, especially considering that Pacquiao will supposedly be at a disadvantage because he’s moving up in weight.

Yes, attempts have been made to even matters out by reducing the contracted weight to a couple of pounds below the welterweight limit.

But today I saw a copy of the tale of the tape, and I notice that Pacquiao has exactly the same reach as Cotto – 67 inches. That’s very interesting. Suddenly, Cotto’s advantage shrinks. When the smaller, quicker guy can match the bigger, stronger guy for reach, then it’s a different ball game. I reckon reach is a far more telling statistic than even height!

By the way, Floyd Mayweather has a reach of 72 inches – that would be a big advantage for Mayweather if he ever were to fight Pacquiao. Mayweather’s last victim, Juan Manuel Marquez, has a reach of 67 inches (the same as Pacquiao and Cotto).





October 14, 2009 at 12:41 am

This article needs more spice!



October 14, 2009 at 12:44 am

What is Oscar De La Hoya’s reach? – apparently it’s 73 inches!



October 14, 2009 at 1:04 am



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October 14, 2009 at 2:54 am

They got same arm length but pacquiao has the quicker hands..


Troen Gonzales

October 14, 2009 at 2:58 am

also significant is how large manny’s calf is over miguel’s. that’s probably a big reason why pacquiao’ punches hurt; the stronger your legs, the more power it lends to the upper body. plus, you get to be extra quick.



October 14, 2009 at 4:34 am

Reach might play a big part, but Cotto has dominated fighters like Mosley even faired with Clottey who’s reach are comparable if not greater than that of Floyd Jr. I agree that It’s a plus for Pacquiao that Cotto has the same reach, but does not make it any easier.



October 14, 2009 at 5:00 am

Same arms length? Not a good news for Cotto’s camp. That puts Cotto at a disadvantage now. Hatton. Hoya, Morales, Solis, Larios and David Diaz overlooked that long arms and paid dearly to it. I’m saving my 2 paychecks, bet it and won’t even think of losing it. BREAKING NEWS: Veteran Jose Luis Castillo sparred with Manny yesterday and says ” it’s hard to see Manny’s left, it’s so quick, it will be a big problem for Cotto.”



October 14, 2009 at 5:03 am

There’s only be “One King” in Pound 4 Pound



October 14, 2009 at 5:21 am

That me made less worried. Thanks!



October 14, 2009 at 7:12 am

I think that picture is edited. I saw this http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=9k88zr&s=5 in another site, cotto’s reach is 69inches


glenn e

October 14, 2009 at 3:04 pm

Manny will be richer after figthing Floyd! Reach it?



October 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm

Who cares? Two palookas written by a third, and commented on by 30000 others



October 14, 2009 at 5:30 pm

skill counts not reach



October 14, 2009 at 11:49 pm

Manny is an unorthodox boxer but not a one punch killer,Cotto is.To catch an unorthodox boxer u focus on the very center of his body (don’t look for specific targets) then minimize an incoming missle and counter with a devestating harpoon missle compounded w/lots of English.At that point the Pac will have eaten his last meal and I just hope he is wearing diapers.The Harvard equation of Ali v Forman does not apply because that was “the Greatest against a then not so smart,inmature Forman.



October 19, 2009 at 7:22 pm

david give credit to pacman, your article is always top notcher to number of viewers. try not to write a pacman article. hahaha, seriously I like your articles about pacman.


Ian All Night Long

October 19, 2009 at 11:02 pm

for those who are just finding out that Manny’s reach is just as long as Cotto’s are idiots.
That’s why I already put $20000 on Pacquiao..and have $20000 more to drop right before the fight starts…

Money Money Money



October 20, 2009 at 5:43 am

I like what klitscho said,
“In boxing, everyone is a good boxer but no wants to fight.”



October 20, 2009 at 5:45 am


” In boxing everybody is an expert, but nobody fights”



October 20, 2009 at 6:16 am

don’t be stupid, it’s 67 CENTIMETERS!!! nOt inches! Had it been in inches, the reach would have been longer than the height of the boxer. That’s a very simple fact to make an error of. Get it right please! (67 inches is correct: reach is measured as full arm span, from fingertip to fingertip across the neck – it’s not 67 inches per arm, which would be rather long)



November 1, 2009 at 3:09 am

ranz, i believe it’s inches. reach is measured from one hand to the other, from longest finger tip to the other, if i’m not mistaken.

67 centimeters, if just one arm, then that might make more sense, but all the other relevant measurements in the tale of the tape are inches, too.

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