Miguel Cotto

Manny Pacquiao Fight Booked at MGM Grand for November 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 09:  Manny Pacquiao salutes the crowd after his fight against Timothy Bradley at MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 9, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images)
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Vitali SCorrespondent IAugust 16, 2012

What started as assumptions and speculation has now been officially confirmed: According to RingTV, Manny Pacquiao will indeed fight on November 10, 2012, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“Top Rank requests the date of November 10th, 2012 for a Pacquiao event at the MGM Grand on HBO PPV vs. t.b.a.," read an e-mail to RingTV.com from Keith Kizer, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.

The only part to be filled in for the event is the "t.b.a." piece, which could be announced any day now, possibly as early as the beginning of next week.

Of the available possible roster, Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley and Miguel Cotto are all being equally considered, according to RingTV, to be Pacquiao’s opponent for November.

As far as you and I know, Cotto wants his next fight to take place at Madison Square Garden in New York and possibly has already reserved the arena for early November. If this is true, their rematch won't take place this coming November, leaving Pacquiao with either Marquez of Bradley to fight.

Personally I believe that the Cotto fight would turn out to be the better of the three, though Marquez has shown that he knows just how to handle Pacquiao in the ring.

I am assuming that the decision will be made based on the potential financial benefit. Thus, Bradley might be out of luck, as more people, despite their constant buzzing about not wanting to see that fight yet again, will tune in to Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV.

Of course, since Pacquiao officially lost his bout against Bradley, a rematch might be more desired by team Pacquiao. Thus, Manny might push for that fight. For Bradley, it would also be a chance to show the public that his first performance was not a fluke and that he can indeed definitively beat Pacquiao.

I guess only time will tell what November will bring, and that point in time is very near.  

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