The Date is set and all negotiations planned out. Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao is already a done deal and November 14 would be their mega fight. Manny and Cotto will be fighting in a catch weight of 145 lbs with Cotto’s WBO Welterweight belt not on the line. It was irrelevant to Arum and Cotto win or loose wants to end up with his belt on his waist but it’s a complete 360 turn for Manny. Boxing has been a sport for ages and when we talk about history we talk about different champions in every era. Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali, Flash Elorde and Finito Lopez those are boxing greats with multiple championship belts. Manny will try to rewrite history while gunning for his 7 weight title division championship a feat no other boxer has achieved.
This is history this is how Manny wants to end his legacy this is how a champion take a stride up to another level. There are a lot of concerns in fighting for a belt, first would have to be paying a hefty sum of $150,000 for sanctioning fee and second would have to be Cotto’s willingness to stake his belt and trying to get some amount in the bargain. Bob Arum who co promotes the two boxers issued a statement and surprisingly said that “nobody in the US cares whether the Manny Pacquiao-Miguel Cotto bout on Nov. 14 is for a world title or not”… The Championship belt has its purpose and if nobody cares about it why would fans flock to the arena when Roy Jones Jr. fought John Ruiz for the WBA heavy weight title I’m sure it wasn’t about the predictable John Ruiz it was about the historic 174 lb fighter who go up as high as 193 lbs to fight a legitimate 226lbs heavy weight champ. The belt, the championship adds up the glitter in every boxer’s ego.
We want to see Manny’s historic act in Nov.14 and Arum should think that this bout is already part of history. Nobody cares in the US but the world cares about this.