Cotto to Defend Welterweight Title, WBO Said

Miguel Cotto previously disagreed about making his welterweight title to be on the line on the Pacquiao vs. Cotto match this coming November on 145 lbs. weight limit. Instead he demanded that if the belt is on the line, they should fight at 147 lbs. However, today the World Boxing Organization (WBO) announced that Cotto will be defending his title on the 145 lbs. This is a good news for the fighters for the only thing that hinders the match are gone, we are expecting a face to face action packed fight between this two boxing icons.

Here's a news from containing the said announcement:

The World Boxing Organization (WBO) removed one of Manny Pacquiao’s concerns when it announced Sunday that Miguel Cotto will defend his welterweight crown in a catch weight of 145 lbs — and not 147 lbs — against the Filipino boxing icon.

WBO president Francisco “Paco” Valcarcel told the Puerto Rican newspaper El Nuevo Dia that (the fight) it’s going to be for the (WBO) title” and that everything will come to a “happy ending” for both parties.

Pacquiao lawyer Franklin Gacal said he had spoken with Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum also yesterday, assuring him that the fight will be at 145 lbs and that Cotto’s WBO throne will be on the line in the super showdown penciled at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Cotto had insisted a few days back that if Pacquiao wants to go after the WBO crown, the fight will have to be at 147 lbs.

Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach said fighting Cotto in a non-title bout is almost without value.

Now that it appears that a major stumbling block has been cleared, next up for discussion would be the crucial choice of finding a new training camp for Pacquiao, who has been advised by the Harvard-educated lawyer to set up the first half of his training camp outside US territory owing to an IRS regulation called the Substantial Presence Test.


More Pacquiao vs. Cotto update bits later guys.

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