MANILA, Philippines – Talks are rife that Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto will be Manny Pacquiao’s next opponent should the Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather Jr. bout gets scuttled again.
Cotto, who was beaten by the Filipino champion in 2009, is reportedly Pacquiao’s “Plan B” if the Mayweather fight doesn’t get arranged.
Pacquiao’s close friend, Ilocos Sur Governor Luis “Chavit” Singson, said the Filipino boxing superstar really wanted Mayweather.
"Like they said, Mayweather hasn't signed yet. He can take back what he said again, but if he signs a contract, then great. But if he doesn't, he (Pacquiao) will probably fight Cotto,” Singson said in a report by Examiner.com.
Singson said the Cotto rematch was the promoter’s idea.
"Manny doesn't choose. Whoever they put in front of him, he's okay with it. But Manny's priority is to fight Mayweather," he said.
If the Cotto fight gets arranged, it would likely take place on June 9.
Pacquiao’s promoter, Bob Arum, refused to confirm the Cotto fight.
“I am not authorized to talk about who it is, because whoever it is - is Plan B. When they become Plan A, we'll talk about it. Plan A is Mayweather. We are locked and loaded on our side, we're ready,” he said in Boxing Scene.
Pacquiao’s business adviser, Michael Koncz, earlier denied reports that the Filipino boxing star has already decided on his next opponent.
He said the 8-division champion is taking his time before coming out with a decision.
"We have not made a decision," Koncz said. "We are not rushing."