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According to ESPN’s highly respected boxing writer Dan Rafael, an announcement for Floyd Mayweather vs Miguel Cotto 2 is “imminent”.
Extremely strong chatter than Mayweather-Cotto 2 is imminent.
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) January 19, 2015
In recent weeks, it appeared as though Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao had been edging closer to securing the fight that fans have craved for since 2009.
Pacquiao has reportedly agreed to all the terms involved including a 60-40 purse split in favour of Mayweather as well as the drug-testing plan and venue, but they are still awaiting confirmation from Mayweather’s camp.
While that doesn’t seem to be forthcoming, Pacquiao has set his rival a deadline for an answer and he expects to know one way or another by the end of the month.
It has been widely acknowledged that this is the closest the pair have come to agreeing on a bout, but now it appears as though Mayweather may be looking at his other options.
Cotto has seen his May 2 bout against Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez fall through with Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya revealing on Saturday that Alvarez was tired of waiting for Cotto to finalise the deal and he is moving on and “the deal is off the table with Cotto”.
“They did not accept. So Canelo decided to move on. We had a deadline. We had our fifth deadline [Friday night], and Canelo has decided, because Cotto and [attorney] Gaby [Penagaricano] turned down the deal, he is obviously not going to be waiting for nobody.
“He has to move on and resume his career and we have to lock down an opponent. He’s still fighting May 2.”
Naturally, that sparked rumours that Cotto was weighing up his options with a possible promise that he would be the next in line if Mayweather decided against facing Pacquiao.
It remains to be seen what Mayweather opts to do next as unsurprisingly he has manufactured the situation to ensure that he is in full control of the entire situation. The world awaits a clash between the two pound-for-pound best fighters in the world, but Cotto continues to emerge as a realistic option to have another go at defeating Mayweather after he was outpointed in their first bout back in 2012.