Weight an issue for Cotto-Pacquiao fight
By Allen Fox: According to article from Chris Robinson at examiner.com, promoter/advisor Sampson Lewkowicz is saying that Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto IS going to be the next fight for both of them.
However, he Lewkowcicz points out that the weight for the fight is an issue for Cotto because he can’t get down to 147lbs without losing his power in the process, which would give Pacquiao a huge advantage in this fight. Cotto fights at 154 and needs the Pacquiao fight to take place at 150lbs for him to keep his power and not be drained.
The last time Cotto fought Pacquiao in 2009, Cotto agreed to a catchweight that Manny wanted of 145lbs. Some boxing fans feel that by taking off that extra two pounds, it weakened Cotto enough for Pacquiao to gain an advantage in the fight and dominate a weaker Cotto. But in the rematch, Cotto doesn’t want to be at another disadvantage and wants at least at 150 pound catchweight.
Pacquiao recently said he won’t be fighting over 147 anymore because it’s too hard on his body. However, he may need to give on Cotto what he wants on this end if he wants to get a good payday. If Pacquiao refuses, then he’ll have to settle for fighting Lamont Peterson, Timothy Bradley or Juan Manuel Marquez next.
You can already take Marquez off the list because he reportedly wants too much money and doesn’t want to fight in Las Vegas. That leaves Bradley and Peterson. Since Pacquiao wants to make as much money as possible for his next fight, he’ll likely lose out on millions of dollars if he fails to make an agreement with Cotto on the catchweight.
It seems more reasonable for Pacquiao to give in on Cotto and give him the catchweight so he can make more money in the long run. If Pacquiao is stubborn about it and tells Cotto to hit the road, he’ll likely have to settle for less cash.