Cotto rematch 'more appealing' to Mayweather camp than Pacquiao bout
It seems it’s a case of one step forward, two steps back in the ongoing saga between Manny Paquiao and Floyd Mayweather, writes Marvin France.
The American is now eyeing a rematch with Miguel Cotto rather than accepting his arch-rival’s revised offer for a potential mega-fight.
In the hope of finally enticing the two multiple champions into the ring, the Filipino’s promoter, Bob Arum revealed yesterday his fighter would be prepared to take a 45 per cent spilt of the lucrative TV revenue with the remaining 10 per cent going to the winner.
However, it appears he’ll need to give up much more than that with Mayweather’s promotion team claiming a repeat of this month’s bruising battle with Cotto, which ‘Money’ won by unanimous decision, is more appealing.
"Based on the number of emails that I've received, there is a lot of people who wouldn't mind seeing a rematch [with Cotto]," said Richard Schaefer, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, which has recently helped with the promotion of Mayweather's fights.
"The fact is, Cotto not only put forward a tremendous performance, but he also gave Floyd maybe the toughest fight of his life.
"Like Floyd said, it was the toughest opponent that he ever fought. Making a few adjustments, who knows, maybe Miguel might be able to pull it off. I hear more and more support for a potential rematch between those two.
"Who wouldn't want to see that? You know going into that day, it’s going to be a terrific fight. And, there will be blood. That may be the name of the event: 'There Will be Blood'."