Manny Pacquiao had dinner with promoter Bob Arum earlier this week, and Arum says that Pacquiao is mulling three potential opponents for his next fight on November 10, and they're all familiar names.
Timothy Bradley, who controversially defeated Pacquiao on June 9, is still in the mix, and some sources are saying that's the most likely fight to be made. Juan Manuel Marquez, who is 0-2-1 against Pacquiao by the slimmest of margins in each fight, including a fight many felt Marquez won last November, is possible. And so is Miguel Cotto, a fighter Pacquiao beat convincingly in November 2009, but one who has also seen his stock shoot up thanks to a win in December over Antonio Margarito, and a competitive loss on May 5 to Floyd Mayweather. Both fights performed very, very well on pay-per-view.
If Top Rank and Pacquiao both look for the most money, that's either in Marquez or Cotto. Bradley is, quite frankly, a distant third there, even with the controversy and all that. Cotto and Marquez have legitimate fanbases and are star fighters. Bradley is getting there, and may in time be a draw, but in that regard, he's still a work in progress.
Both Marquez and Bradley are waiting on Pacquiao to make a decision, with Marquez potentially fighting on July 21 in a tune-up. Cotto is said to be possibly targeting a return of December 1.
Arum says that Top Rank won't push for anything specific, and that who Manny fights is up to Manny. Floyd Mayweather was mentioned, but Arum says he told Manny it's unlikely for 2012. And even if it's just lip service nonsense that really means nothing because he doesn't want to make the fight no matter what, that is most likely true. Even if everyone wanted to do that fight, doing it this year is now unlikely, with Mayweather losing part of the year for his jail sentence.
So let's say it's those three: What do you want to see most? Bradley, Marquez, or Cotto?