Cotto Continues To Pursue 145-Pound Catch Weight In Pacquiao Fight

Francisco E. VelazquezCorrespondent IJuly 16, 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)

Though Pacquiao has insisted that he deserves the right to negotiate the megafight with Miguel Cotto on his terms, Cotto belives he has some pull, too.

In early July, the Puerto Rican WBO welterweight champion insisted that he would not go below a 145-pound catch weight in negotiations for the megafight with Manny Pacquiao proposed to come this November.

He's not backing down.

"My petition is the same," Cotto said recently in the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia.

Though both camps insist that the much-anticipated fight is practically agreed upon, no one is denying that negotiators still must agree on the ever-important catch weight along with the revenue splits.

Pacquiao would prefer to have the fight at a 143-pound catch weight since he is not a true welterweight. The Filipino superstar weighed in at 138 last May against Ricky Hatton. However, many analysts say this catch weight would still benefit the Filipino superstar since Cotto is currently much more used to fighting around 147 and up.

Still, Cotto belives that going below 145 pounds is more than just a disagreement.

"I am not going to risk my health. The [catch] weight of 145 pounds is final and firm," Cotto said earlier in July. Beyond those discrepancies, Pacquiao has said that the fight is, "80 percent [done]." 

“A pound or two will not stop this fight (from happening),” said Top Rank publicist Lee Samuels.