With both fighters asking Bob Arum to work on the details of their fight, now scheduled for November 14, it appears that Arum will emerge as a sure winner in what seems to be a penultimate fight of the pound-for-pound king before he tries his hand in politics.
Both fighters are under contract with Bob Arum. Therefore whoever wins doesn’t really matter much to Arum as his Top Rank promotions will be in control of both fighters fight purse.
In a report by SFGate.com, Arum said:
“I hope to put it together this week, to get an agreement on terms,” Arum said in a telephone interview from his Top Rank headquarters in Las Vegas.
Arum identified the two major points of negotiation as weight and the purse split.
With Arum’s mandate from the contending boxers, it appears that the Pacquiao-Cotto match is almost certain and it will happen again at the MGM Grand garden hotel on November 14 this year.
With this development, the Pacquiao-Mayweather match may have to take a back seat for now. Mayweather is scheduled to face Juan Manuel Marquez on Julu 18 but that appears to be uncertain for now because of the reported injury of Pretty Boy while on a training session
The long anticipated Pacquiao-Mayweather match may be possible early next year but only if Mayweather emerge as the winner in his encounter with Marquez. Mayweather has to put up a good fight in order to prove to the world that he is still a major crowd drawer.
It was reported lately that the reported injury of Mayweather was just a ploy because of the dismal ticket sale for his July 18 date with Juan Manuel Marquez.
If the Pacquiao-Mayweather match happens early next year, it will most likely be Pacquiao’s last professional fight as a boxer. The Filipino boxing superstar is widely rumored to pursue his plan to run for a congressional seat in his district in southern Philippines.