If Timothy Bradley doesn't fight Manny Pacquiao in December, he could headline at the MGM Grand in November. (Photo by Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE)
RingTV.com reports that despite Manny Pacquiao moving from November 10 to December at the MGM Grand for his next fight, Top Rank will keep the building and look to run another pay-per-view event on November 10.
Early speculation is that it could, potentially, lead to Pacquiao vs Cotto II in December (Cotto is slated to return 12/1 at Madison Square Garden), and Timothy Bradley vs Juan Manuel Marquez in November. But that's just early talk. There would still, as we discussed earlier, be the glaring issue of weight for a Pacquiao-Cotto rematch, as Pacquiao doesn't want to fight over 147 and Cotto doesn't want to fight under 154 pounds.
A Bradley-Marquez fight in November could be great, but I still think it's likely one of them will be facing Pacquiao in December, unless Cotto's mind has changed about the weight issue (or Manny's has, I suppose).
There is also some very mild talk that maybe, just maybe, Manny could fight Floyd Mayweather in December. Take that with a dump truck of salt.
This could also mean a smaller scale Top Rank PPV show, too, something that isn't built around major star names, something more along the lines of the April 14 show they did with Marquez and Brandon Rios in separate "main event" fights, so don't get ahead of yourself expecting another major show. Most of their "name fighters" -- even guys like Rios or Nonito Donaire -- are tied up too close to that date, but this is a company that once went through with a PPV that wound up headlined by Humberto Soto vs Urbano Antillon.
They've got Jorge Arce, Mercito Gesta, Mike Jones, the Magdalenos, Jessie Vargas, Kelly Pavlik, etc. -- they could fill out a "for diehards" fight card without much trouble, probably, and bring in whatever PPV money there is to bring in for a smaller-scale show. Top Rank has done this many, many times in the past.