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Mayweather: I’m fighting Cotto because Miss PacMan is ducking me

Floyd Mayweather Jr Manny Pacquiao Miguel CottoBy Chris Williams: If he had his preference, Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KO’s) would have much rather been fighting Manny Pacquiao on May 5th rather than WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (37-2, 30 KO’s) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mayweather, 34, had to settle for fighting Cotto after Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum presented a series of obstacles that eventually were too much for Mayweather to surpass.

Mayweather said this on his twitter page today about Pacquiao not fighting him: “I’m fighting Miguel Cotto on May 5th because Miss Pac Man is ducking me.”

I hate to say it but I completely agree with Mayweather. I think Pacquiao doesn’t want any part of fighting Mayweather, because all things that Pacquiao has said leaves me with a strong impression that he’s ducking the out. You’ve got Pacquiao agreeing with his promoter Bob Arum that the fight can’t be made because it needs to be put in a larger venue. You also have Pacquiao saying he’d take less to fight Mayweather, but then when Mayweather Jr. agrees to fight him at a larger cut of the revenue, Pacquiao then changes his mind and says he wants a 50-50 deal. It’s like Pacquiao was saying no to the fight by changing the terms.

By Mayweather Jr. facing Cotto on May 5th, he takes away the biggest option available to Pacquiao for a big money fight. Pacquiao will have to settle for a fight against Timothy Bradley, which will make a lot less money than the Mayweather-Cotto fight.

RingTV did a poll today for who boxing fans wanted to see Mayweather Jr. fight next and Cotto came in at the top of the poll at 45.6%, and then after that came Saul Alvarez at 30.6%. Pacquiao obviously wasn’t a part of the poll otherwise he’d be the number #1 choice.


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