Miguel Cotto Says Manny Pacquiao Refused to Fight Him at 154-pounds

Miguel Cotto (37-3-0, 30 knockouts) was hoping to avenge his 2009 loss against Manny Pacquiao (54-4-2, 38 knockouts), but he ended up settling for a Dec. 1 fight against undefeated Austin Trout (25-0-0, 14 knockouts).

Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, made it seem as if Cotto was intimidated by the Filipino Congressman, claiming the Puerto Rican turned down a 13-million dollar purse to avoid the fight.

However, Miguel explained his decision during a recent interview with Boxingscene.com.

“That’s not true. That’s not true,” Miguel Cotto said. “The main reason the Pacquiao conversation [went sour] is that he wants me to go down to 150 [pounds] — the same as in 2009 when they made me go down to 145 — [so] they can take advantage of that. That was the real reason [for refusing the rematch]. [Back in 2009] the inexperience made me do it, but I’m not going to do it again [fight Pacquiao at a catch-weight].”

Boxing’s pound-for-pound kingpin, Floyd Mayweather (43-0-0, 26 knockouts), fought Cotto at 154-pounds earlier in the year. And Pacquiao didn’t endear himself to hardcore boxing fans by refusing to fight Miguel at his natural weight class. Floyd actually came in at 151-pounds against Cotto, and he stood in front of “Junito” for the majority of the fight, even though he was clearly the smaller man.

Pacquiao is currently set to face Juan Manuel Marquez on Dec. 8, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nev., and he’s once again talking about a super-fight against Mayweather. The actor/singer/politician gave me a good laugh when he offered to accept a 45 percent split in a potential fight against Mayweather, as if “Money” would even give him a 30 percent split.

It’s this simple folks, one guy is an undefeated, undisputed champion, while the other has been knocked out twice — Rustico Torrecampo (15-8-6, 8 knockouts) knocked Pacquiao out cold with a body shot-hook combo — and outclassed inside the ring on several occasions. A 45/55 split is not even close to being a reasonable offer.

Sometimes, when I get frustrated with Pacquiao’s antics, I have to remind myself that he is indeed a politician. He’s obviously well versed at telling uneducated casual boxing fans what they want to hear, which has made him one of the most popular boxers on the planet.

If Pacquiao didn’t make lame excuses like how his phobia for needles prevents him from undergoing Olympic style drug testing (but apparently not tattoos), or renege on his previous offer to accept a lesser split when Mayweather tried to secure a May 5 bout, he might have fooled me as well.

Sources:

Francisco Guzman, “Cotto Denies $13 Million/Pacquiao Rumor, Blames Weight

David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.

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