Has Miguel Cotto Earned His Ticket to the Manny Pacquiao Money Train?

Joel Jonathan CameroCorrespondent IJune 14, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 09:  Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico celebrates Zab Judah taking a knee during their WBA Welterweight Championship bout on June 9, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Beating Joshua Clottey with a split decision in judge's scorecard would not hurt Cotto's chances of landing the biggest fight of his career. In fact his exposed vulnerability would be a come on for  "Team Pacquiao" to consider.

Cotto's near lost  opened just another opportunity for his fans to anticipate a Cotto-Clottey II if the Pacquiao fight will not push trough.

Miguel obviously did not disappoint millions of boxing fans by continuing to give his best till the 12th round although bothered by a big cut he suffered earlier. The same could not be said to his kabayan Calderon who wouldn't continue his bout to the Filipino Rodel Mayol.

Cotto dominated the bout in the early goings but seems to tire out in the latter rounds. We almost saw a repeat of the Margarito bout except that Miguelito dance himself from harms way this time. 

Clottey appears to have gotten the best of Cotto but the better boxer continues to hang and fight a tired, bloodied and gallant battle till the end. This kind of fight deserves a PPV next time.

Does this latest triumph  earned Cotto a shot at the P4P King Manny Pacquiao?

I certainly hope so. A bigger and obviously stronger Miguel Cotto would be a better match for the quicker and smarter Pacman.