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Manny Pacquiao today announced his interest in a rematch against Miguel Cotto in November if his proposed fight against Floyd Mayweather doesn’t come through.
Previously the front runner as his ‘Plan B’ opponent was Antonio Margarito, although public opinion has been against this option for some time. There is also the matter of Margarito still lacking a license to fight in the United States, an issue which has seen little progress since the end of his suspension.
With the Mayweather fight still undecided and looking less likely for November by the day, it will soon be time for Pacquiao and Arum to decide on his next opponent .
Even if Floyd Mayweather signs to fight Pacquiao next year, he will still fight once more this year, which is reassuring news for all concerned. If he intended to sit out until May when the fight against Floyd might be happening, the two best fighters in the sport today would have been on the sidelines for nearly a year.
Why not Margarito?
Although Margarito seems to be Bob Arum’s first choice the issue could lie with putting a fight together quickly. With Margarito seemingly no closer to being licensed once again and the fight date only a few months away, this might put him out of the running. Not to mention that because of the hand wrap incident, Margarito is the unpopular choice with the fans.
Most importantly though Manny Pacquiao himself now seems to like the idea of facing Cotto again rather than Margarito. Not only is there is a better marketing angle for a Cotto rematch, but a possible 8th title at an 8th weight for Pacquiao, which might be what tipped the balance.
Would Cotto really have much new to offer Pacquiao a second time around?
Hiring Emmanuel Steward as his trainer seems to have been a good move by Cotto, and improvements were visible in his fight against Yuri Foreman. How much more he will be able to progress is anyone’s guess, but certainly with a better game plan and perhaps at a higher weight the fight would be closer.
If the rematch is at welterweight then the odds will be further stacked against Cotto, but this would mean he would keep his newly won WBA light middleweight title. The upshot being that even another loss wouldn’t hinder his career all that much. If the fight takes place at light middleweight or a catch weight close to it, Cotto would have an advantage, but would also risk losing his title and being left without a clear direction for the rest of his career.
This might not be the fight everyone was hoping for, but it might be the best we’re going to get this year.
Grant Wylde, Pittsburgh: “After nearly a year the fight is going to be put off again? So Floyd can sit and do nothing and Manny can beat up on Cotto again? Doesn’t anyone see anything wrong with the two best fighters in the world doing this?”
Carlos Garcia, Philly: “Floyd is just waiting until after the world cup, the fight will be announced after that and Margarito vs. Cotto II will hopefully go ahead as well”
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