Cotto-Pacquiao will be in a 20-foot ring

Despite claims from his own trainer, Miguel Cotto will not have to face Manny Pacquiao in a 24-foot ring on November 14. The standard 20-foot ring will be in use. (Photo via www.boxnews.com.ua)

Just in case you heard the weird claim from Miguel Cotto's trainer Joe Santiago that the Manny Pacquiao side had demanded a gigantic, 24-foot ring for November 14, you can safely stop wondering what anyone's talking about and be relieved to learn that the fight will be in a 20-foot ring.

From Nevada State Athletic Commission executive director Keith Kizer:

"It has to be in a 20-foot ring. Any promoter can ask for an exception, but they probably wouldn't get it. Nobody has asked for a 24-foot ring in this fight."

From Bob Arum, promoter of both men:

"I don't know where this came from, but it's not true. In the state of Nevada, you have to use a 20-foot ring."

So in case it isn't clear yet: Nevada regulations call for every single boxing fight to take place in a 20-foot ring. Every single one. You can ask for a different sized ring, but you are unlikely to get it. And apparently, despite Santiago's distressed claims, the Pacquiao team has not asked for a larger ring, or any other size ring. In fact, they apparently have never really brought up the ring, as it would seem to me that everyone involved should know that in Nevada, the fights are fought in a 20-foot ring.

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