By James Dayap
What seemed to be a fight that would solidify quickly, is turning out to be a bigger mess than we imagined. Uncle Bob's intent on having an in house Top Rank only boxing match, has caused massive scrutiny. Where the ball should be in Pacquiao's court when it came to deciding terms for the Pacquiao/Cotto fight, it seems Cotto has taken the upper hand. Cotto has refused to put his belt on the line for a fight at 145lbs against the Philipino Superstar. Could it be he is afraid the 2 pounds will be his downfall? Miguel Cotto is also willing to lose his belt to the WBO over this fight, instead of losing it to Manny Pacquiao. What will happen next, Miguel might end up asking for a bigger share of the purse. Something tells me that Cotto's random running in with Oscar De La Hoya at a golf course has a little to do with this. While the two would not disclose what they spoke about, it's obvious that something is making Cotto act like this. His contract is almost over with Uncle Bob, and he senses Arum's urgency to please Cotto, all along with pleasing Pacquiao. Cotto is using his title as leverage, and the fight seems to be going in the following ways:
1. Pacquiao Moves up to 147 fully to challenge for the title.
2. Cotto wont budge on the title shot, losing his title, and still fighting Pacquiao.
3. Pacquiao drops the Cotto fight and takes Shane Mosley's challenge.
4. Out of Nowhere, the Marquez/Mayweather fight gets rearranged into Mayweather/Pacquiao.
5. Nothing happens this year anymore.
Shane Mosley's offer still stands and is a better deal for all the fighters, no matter who fights Pacquiao, it will be a mega fight. Mosley is willing to go down to 140lbs, take a smaller purse, and put his belt on the line. But of course, the rich only want to get richer, and it's all about Bob Arum's show. Uncle Bob needs to stop thinking about his pockets and consider what all the fans want, that can end up making more money anyways.
My advice to Manny Pacquiao -
If Cotto wont budge on the belts, ditch him, it's not worth it. If you want to move up to 147 fully, go for it, I don't really see a difference because Cotto will hydrate up to 160 either way from 145-147. Overall, I say take on Shane Mosley if things don't go right, he'd almost meet you at lightweight(135) if it came to it. I know you'll fight anybody
My advice to Miguel Cotto -
Ease up! You are demanding too much for possibly the biggest pay day of your life. Win or Lose, you will make a lot of money! A lot of people want to fight Pacquiao, you are lucky! Who cares if he's been whooping all his opponents, every fighter has a chance. Either your afraid, or De La Hoya whispered something strange into your ear. To go as far as tell everyone you would rather give up the belt than have it put on the line, is a show of how afraid you are of Pacquiao.
My advice to Shane Mosley-
Keep trying, because this Pacquiao/Cotto deal seems to get worse because everybody has demands and limits. You keep sweetening your deals, and somebody will eventually sink their teeth into it. I admire you completely for all the sacrifices you are willing to make. Right now, at this moment, I consider you a true warrior, and you have my utmost respect. I feel Bob Arum has disrespected you in undermining your prowess as a potential opponent for Manny Pacquiao.
My advice to Bob Arum -
Let the fans decide a bit, I know you are an "expert", but right now it just seems to be you are an expert at filling your pockets. Do things right and convince your fighters to negotiate before announcing things. To ease things over, get some pocket change out and maybe front all the sanctioning fees, that will win over some love from the public.
PS- Tell Manny to get rid of Michael Koncz, that guy creeps me out.