By Lem Satterfield
Promoter Don King is feeling very confident about Ricardo Mayorga's ability to upset WBA 154-pound champion Miguel Cotto on March 12 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Mayorga (29-7-1, 22 knockouts) of Managua, Nicaragua, will challenge Cotto (35-2, 28 KOs) of Puerto Rico, in the main event of a Showtime pay-per-view.
King is already leading the march for a fall showdown between Mayorga and eight-division titlist Manny Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KOs), who owns the WBC 154-pound title and the WBO's title at 147-pounds. Pacquiao defends his welterweight crown on May 7 in Las Vegas against "Sugar" Shane Mosley. King has approached Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum about a potential Pacquiao-Mayorga fight in November. Arum also promotes Mayorga's March opponent, Cotto.
"Don King is already talking about how Ricardo Mayorga is going to upset Miguel Cotto, and then, he's going to present Mayorga as an opponent for Manny Pacquiao in November," said Arum. "But, you know, that's the world according to Don King. You know, that's Don King talking."
Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor at AOL FanHouse and the news editor at BoxingScene.com. To read more from Lem Satterfield, go to AOL FanHouse by Clicking Here.