Manny Pacquiao's next fight appears set, and could be announced as soon as Monday. The RING reports that Miguel Cotto has agreed to all but a few minor terms for a rematch, and the two will meet again on June 9 in Las Vegas.
Reports say that the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV is "in the running," but you could probably bet your last couple of dollars that the MGM Grand will host the fight.
Cotto is the apparent winner of a four-man race which included Juan Manuel Marquez, Timothy Bradley, and Lamont Peterson, and it has been fairly heavily rumored in the last two weeks that Cotto was, indeed, going to be the selection unless the earth turned upside down and Pacquiao fought Floyd Mayweather Jr in May.
The fight is already receiving backlash from many in the boxing community and the fanbase who feel that no matter what, Cotto simply isn't a tough style matchup for Pacquiao. The two went pretty even for the first four rounds of their November 2009 bout, but in the end Pacquiao simply wound up the much better man, and by the time Kenny Bayless mercy-stopped it in the 12th round, Cotto was refusing to engage Pacquiao.
Cotto (37-2, 30 KO) is coming off of a tenth round stoppage of Antonio Margarito, in large part due to what Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO) did to Margarito 13 months prior. Cotto's rematch with Pacquiao will give him a chance to avenge his only unavenged defeat.
Pacquiao is coming off of a highly controversial majority decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in November.
Just remember where most of you heard it first: Jinkee said Cotto.