By James Dayap
While no details have been fleshed out, it has been slated by Top Rank that Manny Pacquiao will be throwing his massive punches again on November 14th. Although the date has been chosen apparently, Bob Arum has not disclosed who will be his opponent. The radar is looming around Miguel Cotto, but some signs point at the ultimate showdown, Pacquiao Vs Mayweather.
Of course, Pretty Boy Floyd would argue it should be called Mayweather Vs Pacquiao, being he has a lot of pride in being what he thinks is a big draw. No doubt, everyone will love to watch Floyd Mayweather fight, and lose. If Floyd were to suddenly take a fight with Pacquiao, that would leave Marquez dazed and confused. As everyone has heard, it is a rumor that ticket sales were not so good for the Mayweather/Marquez fight, and in agony, Mayweather somehow got a rib injury because of that. Bob Arum's statement that a 50/50 purse split for Pacquiao and Mayweather may have also caused the rib injury, or atleast played part in it.
It also seems that Shane Mosley has been left out in the rain, being labeled as the lowest potential draw, and possibly the most dangerous fight for Pacquiao. The Pacman will fight anyone they put in front of him, be it a semi truck or Oprah Winfrey, but Bob Arum is keeping his biggest interests in mind as a promoter, money.
Overall it seems to be Cotto who Pacquiao will fight next, but his name is written in pencil, or rather chalk. We may see Uncle Bob grab his eraser and write in something different. The potential fighters are judged by their potential money draw, danger level, and overall fame.
Here is my simple list for November 14:
#1. Miguel Cotto - Safe, High Puerto Rican/Philipino Draw, Rising Star, Willing to Fight Pacquiao.
#2. Shane Mosley - Dangerous but Older, High Philipino/American Draw, Established Star, but not as strong PPV draw, REALLY WANTS TO FIGHT PACQUIAO.
#3. Floyd Mayweather Jr. - Apparently Safest, High Draw Worldwide(Because a lot of people want to see him get beat), Original P4P King, Not sure if he wants to fight Pacquiao.
Let's see what Uncle Bob does, maybe nobody off my list will fight him.