If no Mayweather, it's Margarito or Cotto for Pacman

Posted at 06/29/10 11:14 PM

Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto


MANILA, Philippines -- If the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight doesn’t push through, “Fighter of the Decade” Manny Pacquiao might face former world welterweight champion Antonio Margarito or newly-crowned junior middleweight king Miguel Cotto.

If Pacquiao faces Cotto, it would likely be at a catch weight again.

Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz was quoted by Boxing Scene.com that a Pacquiao-Cotto rematch will not take place at the Puerto Rican’s 154 pound-limit.

“Obviously, we're not going to have Manny fight at 154, we'll probably do a catch-weight. They haven't said where a Cotto fight would take place, but he won the title at 154,” Koncz said.

Pacquiao stopped Cotto in 12 rounds at a 145-pound catch weight to take home the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight crown, his 7th in as much weight classes in November 2009. (Click here for story.)

The Puerto Rican champ rebounded from the loss last June 5 by defeating Israel’s Yuri Foreman to become the reigning world Boxing Association (WBA) junior middleweight champion.

Pacquiao’s handler, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, is negotiating with Golden Boy Promotions for a November 13 match between the Filipino superstar and Mayweather.

However, there are rumors that the negotiations are on a stand still due to disagreements over the split of fight revenues.

Mayweather wanted a 60-40 cut in his favor while Pacquiao won’t agree to anything lesser than 50-50 split.

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