Miguel Cotto Turns Down Manny Pacquiao Rematch; Will Fight Austin Trout at MSG
Two reasons Cotto turned down Manny Pacquiao.
The first being that Manny wanted Cotto to fight at a catch weight. In their first fight he made Cotto come down to 150 from his natural 154 and Cotto felt that gave Pacquiao an unfair advantage. When Floyd Mayweather offered a Cotto a fight the first thing he told Cotto is he would fight him at a weight he was comfortable at and that more than anything got the fight done.
The second thing is unlike Tim Bradley, Cotto doesn’t need Pacquiao to make a lot of money, so he doesn’t have to bow down to his every whim. He is also up from under the thump of Bob Arum. Cotto is his own boss. He didn’t like the deal, so he moved on and it won’t effect him badly in any way.
Cotto (37-3) is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather in May. Cotto had been a candidate to face Manny Pacquiao in a rematch of Pacquiao’s electrifying knockout win in 2009. However, Cotto turned down an offer from Pacquiao’s camp earlier this week. Instead, Cotto will face Trout (25-0), a 26-year-old who defeated Delvin Rodriguez by unanimous, albeit dull, decision in June.