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Monday, June 15, 2009

Cotto-Pacquiao definite maybe

NEW YORK -- Every once in a while, Manny Pacquiao would lean over to Top Rank boss Bob Arum and whisper something, perhaps giving the promoter a blow-by-blow analysis of Miguel Cotto's welterweight title defence against Joshua Clottey.

Then again, the pound-for-pound king may have been describing how he'd handle Cotto himself.

The pride of Puerto Rico bruised his way to a split decision over Clottey Saturday night at Madison Square Garden, with Pacquiao seated just away from the ring. Cotto's bloody win may set up a big-money fight between them this fall, although there will be others lining up for a chance at one of the most exciting fighters in the game.

"The people have to wait until I rest a little bit," Cotto said after the fight, a deep gash over his left eye heavily bandaged. "I'm on vacation."

Cotto was evasive in discussing the myriad of potential opponents lined up before him, leaving that task to Arum, who made it clear that Pacquiao is at the head of the pack.

"This fight showed me that Cotto and Pacquiao is a dead-even fight," Arum told a group of reporters seated ringside. "I think it's a very competitive fight. Cotto-Pacquiao is the fight I want to make. It's the fight I really want to make."

There are other options for Cotto.

The WBO titleholder could face WBA champ Shane Mosley in a rematch of their 2007 bout, or he could fight Floyd Mayweather Jr. But a bout with Mayweather may take longer, after he postponed his fight next month with Juan Manuel Marquez because of a rib injury while training.

"Mayweather won't fight anybody who can beat him," Arum said, quickly dismissing a Cotto matchup. "Psychologically, he cannot take a defeat."

Source: edmontonsun.com

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