By Salvador Rodriguez
According to several strong sources, WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Angel Cotto will get his chance at revenge on June 9th in Las Vegas, as the Puerto Rican star will likely face Manny Pacquiao at either the Thomas & Mack or the MGM Grand. Cotto avenged his first career loss on December 3rd, when he stopped Antonio Margarito in a rematch at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Sources with knowledge of the situation expect an announcement in coming days, where Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs) will be revealed as the opponent of choice for Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs), the WBO's welterweight champion. The exact weight, and certain other details, are unknown.
They previously met on November 14, 2009 when Cotto, then the welterweight champion of the WBO, fought Pacquiao at an agreed catch-weight of 154-pounds. Cotto was dropped twice, and punished, before Pacquiao stopped him in the twelfth round.
The other three fighters who were being considered by Pacquiao, for the June date, include Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley and Lamont Peterson.
Salvador Rodriguez covers boxing in Mexico for The Record.