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Cotto Denies $13 Million/Pacquiao Rumor, Blames Weight

By Francisco Guzman

Former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30KOs) denies that he was offered and/or turned down a guarantee of $13 million dollars to fight Manny Pacquiao in a rematch on December 8th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Top Rank's CEO, Bob Arum, had recently told reporters in Las Vegas that he was stunned when Cotto turned down such a high amount of money in favor of taking a fight with unbeaten 154-pound champion Austin Trout on December 1. Pacquiao would then finalize a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez.

Cotto told BoxingScene.com that Pacquiao's camp tried to gain an advantage by making him go down to 150-pounds. He says the weight demand was the main reason for the fight falling apart.

"That's not true. That's not true. The main reason of the Pacquiao conversation is that he wants me to go down to 150 - the same as in 2009 when they made me go down to 145 - [so] they can take advantage of that. That was the real reason [for refusing the rematch]. [Back in 2009] the inexperience made me do it, but I'm not going to do it again [fight Pacquiao at a catch-weight]," Cotto told BoxingScene.com.

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Comment by HOLLYW00 on 09-26-2012

[QUOTE=HeroBando;12553042]You got me all wrong, I don't give a sh1t about Marg. I care about Cotto's well being, that's why I'm wondering why he wanted to drain himself down to 150 just to get a small edge over this sorry…

Comment by HeroBando on 09-26-2012

[QUOTE=Puya;12553034]Anything that involves margarito, the word fair will not apply. Cotto felt cheated the first time, that was his chance at payback and still he dominated that piece of cheat bastard. You MoFo s keep defending margarito, you should be…

Comment by Puya on 09-26-2012

[QUOTE=HeroBando;12551722]150 is not an advantage to Pac, we know he doesn't like it there at all. Remember him saying, never again this heavy? Cotto on the other hand just requested to defend his own 154 belt at 150 last year,…

Comment by HeroBando on 09-26-2012

[QUOTE=HOLLYW00;12553009]I'm not arguing with that, [B]I'D LOVE TO SEE MAYWEATHER - MARTINEZ[/B][/QUOTE] Don't we all. Who's depriving us of that? In contrast, hardly anyone wants to see Pac Cotto 2, except casual fans.

Comment by HOLLYW00 on 09-26-2012

[QUOTE=HeroBando;12553002]Yea, he must also fear Wolak and Freddy Hernandez, he wouldn't fight them in his 8th division either. Cotto fears NJikam at 160 as well, he was looking for a CW for that fight. [B]But you should ask yourself one…

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