With the possibility of a May super-fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and WBC champ Floyd Mayweather pretty much out of the picture, the Filipino boxer is exploring his other options. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum is trying to negotiate a rematch with WBA super middleweight champion Miguel Cotto, but issues regarding weight have brought those negotiations to a halt as well. Cotto wants the fight to take place at 150 pounds, but Pacquiao’s handlers are unwilling to go over 147.
“He [Pacquiao] had no problems in dealing with [Antonio] Margarito at 150,” Cotto said in a recent interview. “He hasn’t had problems with anyone regarding weight. With Joshua Clottey, they fought at 147. I drove down to 145. The [rematch], I’m going to do it at my weight. I will not sacrifice my body again for the benefit of another boxer. It won’t happen at 147 pounds. We are waiting for the offer to come and dedicate ourselves to train and win. In the next two weeks, we hope to have a response on the whole thing.”
Cotto certainly looked drained when he fought Pacquiao at 145 pounds, and it’s easy to understand why he’s hesitant to go below 150. Pacquiao fought Antonio Margarito at 150 pounds, so it’s a little shocking he’s unwilling to give Cotto a shot at that weight.
Besides Mayweather and Marquez, Cotto is the biggest threat to Pacquiao right now. Cotto’s counter punching style can definitely cause problems for Pacquiao, and some will accuse the WBO champ of ducking if negotiations don’t go any further.
“I will not fight below 150 pounds,” Cotto added. “Mayweather Jr. said he has no problem going up to 154 to fight me. Pacquiao is the one who objected and wants me to once again come down to a weight between 145 and 147 pounds. If Pacquiao had no trouble going up to 150 to fight Margarito, why is there a set requirement for me to go down again? Does he fear me? If Pacquiao wants to fight me again, it must be above 150 pounds.”