Though he warns everyone to not look past the November 14 fight with Miguel Cotto, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum says they're looking at a March 13, 2010 return for Manny Pacquiao, according to the Manila Bulletin:
The planned March fight is being eyed by Pacquiao’s people as a perfect event to pitch the fighter’s political aspirations.
Pacquiao said he will run for congress in the province of Sarangani and that a sensational showing would boost his chances of winning.
Still, Arum said that should everything falls into place – meaning Pacquiao topples Cotto – he will begin talks with the camp of Floyd Mayweather.
He said he will give himself two weeks to close out a deal with Mayweather’s camp, but if the talks fail, he will find somebody else.
The talk right now remains that neither fighter will accept 50-50, but if the fight is going to get made, either Cotto-Pacquiao has to match Mayweather-Marquez's 1 million PPV buys (or top it), or if it doesn't, Manny and Arum are going to have to budge. Floyd's now-proven PPV track record is amazingly strong and generates far more revenue than Pacquiao's good PPV track record, plus the fact that Manny is a better live draw. They'd sell out, but they'd sell out in Vegas, making, what, $8-10 million for the gate? Mayweather just pulled in over $50 million on PPV with Marquez.
Mayweather against a Pacquiao that beats Cotto is a fight that just might take a run at the Oscar-Floyd PPV record. I wouldn't bet on it (nor do I think it would take No. 2 from Lewis-Tyson), but then nobody thought Mayweather was selling a million against Marquez, either.
All reports from the training camps of both Pacquiao and Cotto have been terrific. It looks for all the world like we're about six weeks away from a killer fight.