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Pacquiao Unable To Grab October Date For Cotto Fight

By Ronnie Nathanielsz

Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao who was scheduled to leave for Los Angeles Tuesday night to shoot a Nike commercial with NBA Finals MVP Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers, can’t get an October date for his planned fight against WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto.

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Konz told BoxingScene.com, insidesports.ph, Standard Today and Viva Sports that he had spoken to Pacquiao and informed him that “we are not going to have a choice because we don’t have a TV date and we also need ample time to promote the fight.”

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had earlier indicated he had a November 14 date for the Pacquiao-Cotto showdown at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Arum is currently not in the US having gone to London for a meeting with plans of visiting Israel after that.

Koncz said he has the proposal with him and Pacquiao will get a chance to study it while he is in the US and then begin negotiations. Koncz said Top Rank will “put a decent offer on the table and more likely than not Manny will reject it and then negotiate a little bit.” However, Pacquiao’s adviser added “we are in the same ballpark. Its up to Manny but I think we can make it happen.”

Pacquiao is eager to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr should he win against Juan Manuel Marquez in their September 18 clash at the MGM Grand. There have been reports of efforts to quietly negotiate a fight with Mayweather, the former pound-for-pound king prior the May elections in the Philippines where Pacquiao plans to run for the lone congressional seat in Sarangani province in Mindanao.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by jetgeomcx on 07-09-2009

[QUOTE=handler000;5639867]He made Eric come back down to super featherweight and DLH to WW but [B]NEITHER[/B] was fought at a catchweight..[/QUOTE] the oscar fyt was at 145 catchweight...officially and in the contract. with oscar paying $1M for every pound in excess…

Comment by jetgeomcx on 07-09-2009

[QUOTE=Deja_Vous;5639658]We already know how much Floyd is worth...more than Manny..that's how much he's worth. All you have to do is Compare the PPV numbers agaisnt common opponents and you will see Floyd did MUCH better than Manny.[/QUOTE] manny [B]was[/B] nothing…

Comment by jetgeomcx on 07-09-2009

[QUOTE=RingDynasty;5638406]LMFAO!! Smells like Pac is taking a dump on that lil contract he just got his hands on. I know deep down Arum must be steaming. He is over there trying to convince the world that these guys are the…

Comment by GRUSTLER on 07-08-2009

[QUOTE=Walt Liquor;5646500]Grustler, are you saying Floyd fought ALL top prime/fighters at 140? You said every division before WW. I think you should adjust your argument to "before 140 and 147 floyd tested himself and was a real champion." You are…

Comment by Walt Liquor on 07-08-2009

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;5640168]Granted that Mayweather at 147 is not that impressive with his competition in regards to top fighters, he still became recognized champ of the division and his career prior to the WW's was/is impressive and he fought ALL top prime…

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