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Pacquiao-Cotto or Pacquiao-Mosley? Oddsmakers Want to Know

Written by:
Tyrone Black
Published on:
Jul/13/2009
Pacquiao-Cotto

Once again we are in limbo waiting to determine who Manny Pacquiao will fight - likely this fall.

Just when you thought the fight was set between Pacquiao and Cotto, no contracts have been signed as Top Rank's head Bob Arum continues to vacation in Europe.

Now Pacquiao's camp is suddenly talking a fight with Shane Mosely once again. 

From Digital Journal:

"Before traveling to the US for a photo shoot with Kobe Brant and Maria Sharapova, Manny Pacquiao said in a TV News report that he is only 80% sure the Pacquiao-Cotto fight will happen.

"The pound-for pond king returned to the Philippines from a photo session with the equally famous sports celebrities without seeing Bob Arum, hence no decision on the fight contract was made during the week.

"It seems that news reporters where Arum is vacationing somewhere in Europe are prevented from getting a short statement from the popular boxing promoter with a ‘Do Not Disturb' sign posted on the door of his hotel suite."

Pacquaio said he believed there was an 80 percent chance that he would fight Cotto.  That number might be a little high all things considered.

From the Examiner:

"The Manny Pacquiao/Miguel Cotto saga continues, as all details have been hashed out, with the exception of the most necessary ones. Weight and money. The money issue, relative to PPV buys is still unresolved, and word has it that neither side is willing to budge on the weight issue, with Pacquiao demanding 141lbs to 143lbs, while Cotto is dead set against anything below 145lbs. Critics of Pacquiao continue to point to the fact that he was able to face ODH at '47 without losing a step, while critics of Cotto feel he has to concede to the bigger name.

"Politics continue to take a grip on the sport and with promoter Bob Arum quickly running out of answers, one can only imagine what will take place in the end. Arum has recently stated that in order to get an adequate promotion going and have time for quality fight camps, the two fighters will have to come to terms sooner than later.

"We know Pacquiao is the naturally smaller fighter, but when it comes to putting aside the fight stalling antics, one has to wonder should Cotto be forced to infact be the 'bigger' man? If he wants the payday and opportunity to do something grand, he may not have a choice. Cotto weighed in against Clottey at 146lbs in June and that was after vigorous training. Can he legitimately get any lower? Good question. How effective he'll be if he does?...Better question. Only time will tell.

Online bookmakers the likes of BetCRIS.com are anxious to put a line up on this fight no matter who Pacquiao takes on.

Either way, it's likely Pacquiao will be listed as a significant favorite as he is currently nominated as "Best Fighter" of the year at the ESPN Awards (known as the ESPY's). 

And no matter the lopsided line, the fight is likely to attract the most action of any boxing match (or UFC event for that matter) than any other this year.

Tyrone Black, Gambling911.com

 

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