Cotto camp: Weight issue broke Pacquiao talks

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Posted at Feb 03 2012 09:08 PM | Updated as of Feb 04 2012 07:56 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Miguel Cotto wanted to fight Manny Pacquiao again if not for the weight limit that the Filipino’s camp allegedly sought.

Gaby Penagaricano, Cotto’s legal adviser, said the Puerto Rican boxer was open to possibility of avenging his 2009 loss to Pacquiao.

"We have a good meeting in Las Vegas [to discuss a Pacquiao rematch], but the weight was an issue. I don't think we got that far ahead in the negotiations, mainly because of the weight," Penagaricano said in Boxing Scene.

Pacquiao’s camp said it would have accepted a Cotto rematch at a 148-pound catchweight.

However, Cotto, the WBA junior middleweight champion, is already fighting at 154 pounds.

"The situation was different [back then], in 2009, when he agreed to come down to 145. Today, the situation is much different. The overall situation [this time around] was very different. If [the rematch] happened....great, but he didn't need it," Penagaricano said.

In contrast, he said, Floyd Mayweather Jr. is willing to fight at 154 pounds.

He said this made Cotto decide to take the Mayweather fight on May 5.

"Mayweather agreed, from the first day of negotiations, to go up to 154. That was never an issue," Penagaricano said.

If Cotto wins against Mayweather, Penagaricano said the Puerto Rican champion might reconsider fighting Pacquiao.

Penagaricano said the 12th-round stoppage loss to Pacquiao is the only remaining blemish in Cotto’s record.

"Yeah, that would be beautiful. Everybody would like to see that," he said.