Arum: Cotto, Martinez are potential Pacquiao foes
MANILA – Top Rank chief executive Bob Arum has named Puerto Rican boxer Miguel Cotto and Argentina's Sergio Martinez as potential opponents for Filipino ring icon Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
Pacquiao is currently negotiating a contract extension with Top Rank as his current deal is set to expire at the end of the year.
Speaking to RingTV, Arum said that there are “plenty of future guys for Manny to fight,” including Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez, Mike Alvarado, and Russian brawler Ruslan Provodnikov.
He also raised the intriguing idea of a rematch with Cotto, whom Pacquiao beat by 12th round stoppage when they first fought in 2009.
“Who wouldn’t want to see him against Miguel Cotto again, if Miguel Cotto is successful against Martinez?” Arum said.
Cotto and Martinez are facing off on June 7 in a middleweight fight.
“Indeed, who wouldn’t want to see Pacquiao against Martinez, if Martinez and successful can come down in weight a little bit?” Arum said.
Martinez’s promoter, Lou DiBella, said in a separate RingTV interview that he will welcome a future fight with Pacquiao for his star boxer.
“That would be a wonderful thing,” DiBella said. “We would love to have that opportunity. I’m all ears. We’ll talk.”
“After Sergio beats Miguel Cotto, I’ll be happy to sit down and talk,” he added.
Pacquiao is coming off a unanimous decision victory against American Timothy Bradley Jr. last April 12, regaining the World Boxing Organization welterweight belt in the process.
He has been tasked to defend the belt against the winner of the May 17 fight between Marquez and Alvarado.