LOS ANGELES — Fight fans might end up seeing a rematch between Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto this year.
In the event, talks for a megabuck matchup between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. remain in the freezer, another marquee name might be tapped to step up the plate and challenge the Filipino pound-for-pound king.
Pacquiao had dealt Cotto a terrible beating when they fought at welterweight (147 lbs) late last year but the Puerto Rican is not hanging his gloves since he is booked to face Yuri Foreman for the world super-welterweight (154 lbs) in June at Yankee Stadium in New York.
Should Cotto prevail over Foreman, who stands 5-11 and rangy, Top Rank might be enticed to pit Pacquiao and Cotto for the second time. Cotto, Foreman, and Pacquiao are under the promotional of Bob Arum’s Top Rank Inc.
When Cotto fought Pacquiao, the agreed weight limit was 145 lbs, making it intriguing for fight fans to know what would happen if the two slug it out in a new and heavier division.
During a chance encounter with the Bulletin at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas over the weekend, Cotto said he would seriously consider a second meeting with Pacquiao at a higher division.
Cotto, joined by his PR man Bryan Perez and counsel Gaby Penagaricano, were at ringside when Pacquiao beat Joshua Clottey.
“Yeah,” said Cotto when told about the what ifs.
Pacquiao has been credited for winning seven world titles in as many weight classes and it is not unforeseen for him to be given a crack at an eighth world title if the much-anticipated clash with Mayweather doesn’t happen.