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RCN Corporation

November 13, 2009 12:43 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: RCN to Carry Pre-Fight Special and WBO Welterweight Championship Fight Between Manny Pacquiao & Miguel Cotto Saturday, November 14 Live on Pay-Per-View

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - November 13, 2009) - RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI) announced today that it will carry the WBO Welterweight Championship title fight between Manny "Pac Man" Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. The bout is scheduled to take place Saturday, November 14 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV and will be produced and distributed live by HBO Pay-Per-View® beginning at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT. The 30 minute Pre-Fight special will be carried free on RCN TV Channel 4 (Lehigh Valley), Channel 34 (Boston and Chicago), and Channel 8 (Philadelphia, Washington, D.C. and New York City).

RCN is a leading provider of all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet, and premium voice services to residential and small-medium business customers, as well as high-capacity transport services to carrier and large enterprise customers.

Pacquiao and Cotto boast nine world titles in seven different weight divisions between them and a combined professional record of 83-4-2 (64 KOs) -- a winning percentage of 93% and a victory by knockout ratio of 77%.

"This fight will be the most exciting and memorable event that Top Rank has promoted in 40 years," said Hall of Fame Promoter Bob Arum. "I am certain it will take its place as an exciting and action-packed classic such as Hagler vs. Hearns and Ali vs. Frazier III. On November 14, Pacquiao vs. Cotto will join that list of boxing classics."

Pacquiao (49-3-2, 37 KOs), of General Santos City, Philippines, has won six world titles in as many different weight divisions ranging from 112 to 140 pounds. His performance in 2008 was described as "Henry Armstrongesque," winning world titles at 130 and 135 pounds with victories over Juan Manuel Marquez and David Diaz, respectively, and knocking out and retiring Oscar De La Hoya at 147 pounds to complete the trifecta. This year, he picked up where he left off last year -- winning another world title in a new weight division -- by dealing defending junior welterweight champion Ricky Hatton a one-punch second-round knockout on May 2.

Cotto (34-1, 27 KOs), from Caguas, Puerto Rico has held a world title every year since 2004. Puerto Rico's most exciting fighter, Cotto held the WBO junior welterweight crown from 2004-2006, successfully defending it six times before vacating it to capture the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title at the end of 2006, a title he held for nearly as long. He won his second welterweight title in February, knocking out Michael Jennings in the fifth round at Madison Square Garden to become the WBO welterweight champion. Notable scalps on Cotto's belt include Sugar Shane Mosley, Zab Judah, Joshua Clottey, Paulie Malignaggi and Demarcus Corley.

About RCN Corporation

RCN Corporation (NASDAQ: RCNI),, is a competitive broadband services provider delivering all-digital and high definition video, high-speed internet and premium voice services to residential and small-medium business customers under the brand names of RCN and RCN Business Services, respectively. In addition, through its RCN Metro Optical Networks business unit, RCN delivers fiber-based high-capacity data transport services to large commercial customers, primarily large enterprises and carriers, targeting the metropolitan central business districts in the company's geographic markets. RCN's primary service areas include Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Lehigh Valley (PA), New York City, Boston and Chicago. (RCNI-G)

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