It May Not Be What We Want: But Pacquiao/Cotto Is Likely Gonna Happen

Bill CodyCorrespondent IIIJune 23, 2009

NEW YORK - JUNE 13:  Miguel Cotto fights with a cut after an accidental  head butt by Joshua Clottey during their WBO Welterweight title fight at Madison Square Garden  on June 13, 2009 in New York, New York.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

After a busy few weeks of fights, postponements and backroom negotiations, it looks like the next Manny Pacquiao fight will almost certainly be against Miguel Cotto.

Nothing is is set in stone, but the money that has been offered to the Pac-Man in terms of an up-front guarantee and a 70-30 split on the pay-per-view makes this fight all but made for the late fall. All of Manny's advisers have signed off on the fight as well.

The only thing that could have possibly possibly stopped the fight from happening was Floyd Mayweather, Jr. stepping up and agreeing to fight Pacquiao.

However, with news that the Mayweather-Marquez has been rescheduled for September, that isn't going to happen.

And the bottom line to all this activity? The one fight that all boxing fans, both hardcore and casual, really want to happen may never ever take place.

Because of economics, there are really only a few slots to have big pay-per-view fights each year and 2009 is now completely full.

With Pacquiao most likely fighting sometime in November, the first time Pretty Boy and the Pac-Man could square off would be spring of 2010.

That's IF they both win, neither gets injured and they are able to work out a deal.

There was a chance for the two to fight this year, but Mayweather has avoided Pacquiao both times. Yhere are people who think Pretty Boy Floyd doesn't really want to fight Manny.

If that is true, a Pacquiao win over Cotto won't make Mayweather any more likely to agree to fight, while a Pacquiao loss makes the fight less attractive.

Throw this into the mix: Pacquiao's handlers wishes to get the Pac-Man one or two more fights at most before he rides off into the much deserved Philippine sunset.

I think it is now very questionable as to if we will ever see Manny and Floyd, Jr. in the ring.