Cotto out of Pacquiao sweepstakes

Posted at 09/01/2012 9:24 PM

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MANILA, Philippines – Miguel Cotto is now out of Manny Pacquiao short list of opponents for the Filipino’s ring return late this year.

The gutsy Puerto Rican champion has decided to face World Boxing Association (WBA) "regular" junior middleweight titleholder Austin Trout on December 1, according to RingTV

"Manny and I just wish him luck in his fight," said Pacquiao’s adviser Michael Koncz.

“Cotto’s got the right to make his own decisions, and for whatever reason, he’s decided to go and fight the WBA champion, and there’s nothing that we can do about it."

This has left Pacquiao to just two choices: Timothy Bradley and Juan Manuel Marquez.

Pacquiao lost his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title to Bradley via a controversial split decision last June, while he hammered out a majority verdict against Marquez in November 2011.

"We’re still in negotiations with both camps," said Koncz. "But I won’t make a public comment because I don’t want to negotiate the purses in the press."

Because of lack of promotion time due to Pacquiao’s indecision, Top Rank Inc. is planning to move the Filipino’s November 10 fight to a latter date.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum told the LA Times that the fight is likely to take place on December 8. 

It will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, possibly at the MGM Grand Garden.