Cotto's Questionable Win Dims Chances for a Fight with Pacquiao

Kenneth RagpalaCorrespondent IJune 14, 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 City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

It is no secret that Top Rank head honcho Bob Arum wants to stage a boxing showdown between WBO welterweight champ Miguel Cotto and IBO junior welterweight titlist and current P4P top dog Manny Pacquiao. 

Both Arum and Pacquiao declared that who will Pacquiao face next hangs on the aftermath of the June 13 title bout between champion Cotto and contender Joshua Clottey.

But after an inconclusive win, does Cotto deserve a shot at Pacquiao?

The answer is a resounding yes. But there’s a catch for Cotto—take a number and fall in line.

Cotto was superb against Clottey. His aggressiveness was very pronounced that he managed to drop Clottey with a jab.

However, Clottey did turn the tables and probably did enough to win the fight, except that two judges scored the bout for Cotto.

The close see-saw battle between the Puerto Rican and the Ghana native was an instant classic. But such performance from Cotto lacked in luster that would generate enough buzz and clamor for him to face the Pacman.

As of this moment, Shane Mosley is the boxer to beat for Pacquiao, should the Pacman opt to have the fight on October 17 as planned.

And Mosley is a good choice, too.

He is the number one welterweight boxer of the world and an A-lister in the top P4P lists. His last outing ended in a very impressive and convincing victory over Mexico’s Antonio Margarito. And to cap it all off, Mosley is a “dangerous fight” for Pacquiao, as Freddie Roach mentioned.

If Cotto wants a date with Pacman, a fight with the winner of the Mayweather-Marquez bout should be made and Cotto must deliver the goods this time.