The principle parties from Top Rank and Golden Boy spent nine hours on Tuesday at the mediator’s table. No deal was struck, but it looks like they aren’t giving up just yet.
The date is set for the latest “Fight of the Century!” Mayweather / Pacquiao is coming to a pay-per-view screen near you… I just hope Freddy Roach can shut up and stop complaining like a little girl between now and fight time.
But I guess that’s probably wishfull thinking!
Now that Pacman has beaten Cotto, everyone is awaiting the next “Fight of the Century.”
But sadly there’s no telling if Floyd Mayweather is man enough to take the fight. Asking for over two thirds of the gate isn’t a very good indication that he’s serious about the fight.
Time Magazine didn’t have Cotto’s face (nor Mayweather’s for that matter) on the cover of its 2009 edition of the World’s 100 Most Influential People.
To make the international edition of the magazine takes a little bit more than killer fists.
Because of his strength and endurance, Pacquiao has mesmerized his home country of the Philippines, and with the title stealing win over Cotto, the multi-tasking tsunami has mesmerized the world.
He put the doubters to rest last weekend in Vegas by breaking the will of Miguel Cotto in a battle of pride and country. There were boxing people who gave Cotto a good shot to win, or make it a close fight by decision. But fans in Vegas edged the odds to 3-1 in favor of Pacquiao last Saturday at a sold out MGM Grand. I believed Cotto’s body punches and power would be something Pacquiao would have to adjust too.
Cotto could do nothing. His power was wasted on the little guy who, grinning and nodding to his fans on his way to ring, made it look easy to get his seventh title in seven weight divisions.
It’s as if Pacquiao were the reincarnation of Bruce Lee. It wasn’t too long ago Pac-Man was just an amateur that only hardcore fans knew about. Now, he’s hailed as one of the best boxers ever. And the next chapter in his career could provide one of the greatest Super Fights in history, one that everyone is anxiously waiting to see…
Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
But first, there is a deal that needs to get done. Negotiations and money are holding back the best thing boxing has seen in years. Ross Greenburg, HBO Sports president said, “There’s so much money to be made. If it doesn’t happen, there’ll be a revolt. Nothing else is acceptable, and I’m speaking on behalf of the American public and the sport itself.”
The deal basically hinges on which fighter gets more than a 50% cut of the purse. Seasoned on the art of the mega fight deal is Bob Arum, Pacquiao’s promoter. He will no doubt find a way to set aside personal issues to make nice with head of Golden Boy Promotion’s Richard Schaefer, Mayweather’s current promoter.
The work is cut out for this diplomatic endeavor. Arum has to set aside personal dislike for Mayweather, and the usually polite and humble Pacquiao said the fight may not happen due to Pretty Boy Floyd’s attitude.
Aside from some outlandish smack-talk, Mayweather hasn’t truly responded. He feels he is the world’s best fighter, and even though Pacquiao has continued an astounding reign as a force of nature, Mayweather will remain absolute to the art of the deal. Thus, I give it a 50/50 chance of even taking place.
Vegas is getting ready for another great fight weekend. The war between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto is only a few days away and boxing fans are salivating.
As the fighters settle into the last phases of promotion and training, Manny Pacquiao remains calm amid the chaos on the strip. Basking in the adulation and spoils of success as thousands of fans welcome the Filipino phenomenon at the hotel, Pacquiao doesn’t look like a guy gunning for his seventh world-title in a seventh-weight class.
He gamely tells the press, “I never thought I would be this popular in the United States.”
Miguel Cotto too is adjusting to the desert, albeit trading friendly smiles with a detached seriousness.
By all accounts it is shaping up to be a tense, crowd-pleasing, high energy fight. While most insiders at this point are looking for any weaknesses, some speculation has been made that Cotto appeared withdrawn at the press conference. The likely inference becomes a question of the 145 agreed catch weight. Pacquaio’s camp asked for it, clearly to neutralize some of Cotto’s size advantage.
Aside from the size issue, the case for a Pacquiao victory remains strong. Here’s why.
Pacquiao has a way of systematically changing confident fighters into ones who are depleted and confused, just trying to find anyplace in the ring where they can catch a breath.
Miguel Cotto is fierce and tough but the consensus is he’s no match for Pacquiao’s superiority in terms of experience, speed and strength. The Vegas odds makers have Pacquiao as a 3-to-1 favorite.
It will be a difficult fight for Pacquiao and the biggest fight of Cotto’s career. Expect to see Cotto resume his natural style of fighting as the aggressor. As a tremendous body puncher, he’ll definitely go to work on the body and land a few good shots in between stalking Pacquiao and trapping him in corners.
However, Pacquiao’s newfound mastery of angles, combined with his other weapons, will keep him out of serious trouble.
But it’s boxing. Anything can happen.
Who will prevail come fight night and set the stage for a possible Mega-fight with Floyd Mayweather? Will it be a tribute to unquestionable toughness and an upset by Cotto? Or will the unmatchable speed and power by Pacquiao secure his bid for boxing history?
The answers will come quickly as the punches start to fly at the MGM Grand this Saturday night.
Meet Manny Pacquaio. America’s Latest Boxing Celebrity.
The likeable five foot five, pound for pound champion is dominating the media like Oscar De La Hoya did in his prime, and the masses are eating it up.
On Jimmy Kimmel Live, with the audience chanting “Manny,” a smiling and relaxed Pacquaio talked about his many talents (which include singing and acting), his upcoming movie, “Wapakman,” as well as the political issues that face his homeland of the Philippines.
He also mentioned a little side project… an upcoming battle against welterweight champion Miguel Cotto on November 14th. Seemingly Pacquaio can juggle fighting with his various other activities well enough that he can still beat the best fighters in the world and raise awareness about his country and his many other pursuits.
In little over a week, Manny Pacquaio and Miguel Cotto will go to war.
The early rounds will be the biggest test for Cotto as he will get a taste of Pacquaio’s power for the first time. If Cotto can get through the bombs and return some of his own, then the fight will be a lot harder to predict.
The majority seems to think Manny will stop Cotto without any problems. Others are worried that Pacquaio is getting too caught up with both his celebrity status and political career in the Philippines, as well as the conflicts within his own camp.
A source of tension comes from Pacquaio’s “advisor” Michael Koncz, who seemingly has come from thin air. Koncz has no real ties to boxing other than his connection to Bob Arum. The bad blood between Pacquaio’s trainer Freddie Roach and Michael Knocz is boiling to a surface with Koncz urging Pacquaio to dump Roach.
Normally camp drama is a red flag for the fighter and has been known to change the odds at the sports books in Vegas. Add to that Manny’s multi-tasking, and the question begs to be asked… “Is he as dangerous as he used to be?”
But since we’re talking about the best trainer and the best fighter in the business, the likely answer to that question is, “Yes he is.”
Back to the Jimmy Kimmel interview, Pacquiao ended his appearance by singing “Sometimes When We Touch.” The sentimental song, its lyrics dripping with irony, would make the perfect background music for a YouTube video of Pacquaio destroying Cotto.
But if you think about it, the rendition would work just as well if Cotto were to pull the upset.