Cotto’s advisor not sure if Pacquiao fight will happen
By Eric Thomas: WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s advisor Gaby Penagaricano says he’s not what’s going to happen with a fight against Manny Pacquiao at this point. It’s still a wait and see thing, according to Ringtv. He said “We don’t know what’s going to happen.”
It could be that Pacquiao told his promoter Bob Arum that he wants the Floyd Mayweather Jr. fight, but if Arum isn’t able to put the fight together, Cotto could be the #2 backup plan for Pacquiao. Arum is still complaining that Mayweather needs to contact him, as he doesn’t appear to be willing to negotiate with anyone until he knows for sure that it’s a legitimate representative for Mayweather. Obviously, Arum doesn’t want to put in a lot of work in this and then find out later he wasn’t dealing with the right guy to make the fight. That’s why Mayweather needs to contact Arum.
Penagaricano believes Cotto is perfect for Pacquiao right now, and sees his new and improved skills making him a real threat to beat Pacquiao this time around. Penagaricano also sees a Pacquiao-Cotto fight doing well on pay per view, saying “Would be even more attractive in the United States, pay per view wise…Cotto has done very well in his past three fights [since his loss to Pacquiao], all by knockouts against good opposition. Miguel has shown new strategies.”
Cotto has looked a lot better since he teamed up with trainer Emanuel Steward, who got him using his jab more and moving a lot more than he did before. Steward is now gone and replaced by Cuban trainer Pedro Diaz and he’s kind of followed along with the same blue print that Steward had for Cotto by having him move a lot.
Povetkin can’t wait to shut Huck up
WBA heavyweight champion Alexander Povetkin (23-0, 16 KO’s) reportedly can’t wait to get in the ring with WBO cruiserweight champion Marco Huck (34-1, 25 KO’s) so he can shut him up for good and stop his constant talking. Huck and Povetkin will be meeting on February 25th in Germany, and Povetkin is really looking forward to the fight, as is Huck Povetkin needs the win in order to keep moving forward to to some of the bigger fights he wants to have in 2012 and 2013. Huck has designs of fighting both of the Klitshko brothers and a win over Povetkin will likely get him a shot at least one of them in 2012. Huck, 6’2″, believes he can beat both of them and unify all of the heavyweight titles. Given his limited size, it’s hard to imagine he’ll be successful.