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Team Cotto: We're Open To Face Mayweather or Pacquiao

By Jhonny Gonzalez

As previously reported, WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto denied the various news articles regarding a deal being reached for a June 9 rematch with Manny Pacquiao. Cotto, and legal adviser Gabriel Peñagaricano, are evaluating their options. Cotto's contract with Top Rank expired at the end of December, making the boxer a free agent.

Negotiations to make a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. have fallen through. The door is now open for Cotto to face Pacquiao in June, or Mayweather on May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Cotto and Peñagaricano have not denied their interest in reaching an agreement to face either fighter. Peñagaricano has a very good relationship with Top Rank, and with Mayweather's adviser, Leonard Ellerbe. Cotto's promotional company has a business relationship with Golden Boy Promotions, who work with Mayweather.

"I think we are already seeing quite clearly that these two fighters [Pacquiao and Mayweather] will not fight. The indications are clear as time passes. In the absence of that fight for Pacquiao, as is proper, Miguel Cotto should be considered. But Cotto has become a free agent, and he can choose whoever suits him," Peñagaricano told spokesman.

"I know [Ellerbe] and I have an excellent relationship with him. But it is still premature to say anything. We have to wait and see what happens. Honestly, the doors are open. Miguel, in terms of the date [May 5] has no problem. [And there] no problem with June either [for Pacquiao]. Those choices are there. And this week should clarify things."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GRUSTLER on 01-23-2012

[QUOTE=Brassangel;11700507]Except that Cotto won rounds 10 and 11 going away in the Mosley fight, and neither fighter touched each other in round 12. [B]It wasn't a "Cotto Fade" as so many morons seem to think. It was more of a:…

Comment by Brassangel on 01-23-2012

[QUOTE=GRUSTLER;11699235]Really? What happened to that Castillo style in the immediate rematch? Emotions and B!tch'n aside. That Mosley/Cotto fight was close and debatable (I think Cotto did enough) but Shane did have Cotto moving back once he applied the pressure in…

Comment by Cgarcia on 01-23-2012

Cotto is just bluffing. He knows and we all know that Mayweather/Cotto will never happen. He's just waiting for Arum to make the biggest offer he can't refuse. ;-)

Comment by Kuyukut on 01-23-2012

[QUOTE=pacfan;11700013]very true. this cotto/pac 2 is a rip off. no one should spend a dime on this fight. mayweather/cotto is more interesting and should be pursued. :bigeyes:[/QUOTE] bu bu but Cotto still lives in Puerto Rico too far from Las…

Comment by pacfan on 01-23-2012

[QUOTE=Muscles72;11700001]Where the hell was his adviser when pac and cotto last fought why is cotto being considered for another fight with pac ?? Why would the outcome beany different??it don't matter what weight class.[/QUOTE] very true. this cotto/pac 2 is…

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