by Edcer Escudero
INTRIGUE-LADEN trilogies always excite people, be they in the corporate world welterweight champions and one immediate former title holder – Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, Sugar Shane Mosley of the USA and Antonio Margarito of Mexico.
The intriguing part is this: Cotto has defeated Mosley who flattened Margarito who knocked out Cotto. All these happened in 2008 and 2009. That’s really exciting, isn’t it?
Now, where and how does Manny Pacquiao come into the picture?
Well, Top Rank is pitting him with Miguel Cotto for a title fight in November 14 this year in Las Vegas. With Margarito eased out of the equation after losing to Mosley, the new trilogy is made up of Cotto-Pacquiao-Mosley.
Mosley heightened the intrigue when he openly “begged” Pacquiao to trade punches with him arguing that he is a worthier opponent than Cotto. Throwing an obvious promotional sales pitch, he sugar-coated his dare saying that Pacquiao’s star will shine brighter if they collide in the ring.
That’s Mosley, the promoter talking. Don’t forget that he is part owner of Golden Boy Promotions in partnership with Dela Hoya and Bernard Hopkins.
What’s Mosley’s hidden agenda in itching for a showdown with Pacman? He is a champion in a heavier division. He doesn’t need Pacquiao to gain greater fame. He is a shoo-in for a place in the Hall of Fame along with DeLa Hoya and Hopkins. Why pick on Pacquiao?
I risk eating my own words, but I see DeLa Hoya’s vengeful hand in Mosley’s move. You see, Pacquiao forced Oscar’s retirement after battering the Golden Boy for eight rounds in their mega fight last December 6.
Oscar thought – maybe, was even cocksure – that he would exact revenge thru Ricky Hatton. It didn’t happen as Hutton fell in two rounds. This time, Oscar’s using Mosley for another chance to indirect revenge.
Now, on to the Pacquiao-Cotto fight. What are Pacman’s chances of knocking the crown off Cotto’s head?
Pacquiao was at ringside last June 14 when Cotto salvaged a split decision win over the Ghanian black power, and captured the WBO and IBF welter titles. Pacquiao must have liked what he saw that night and promptly gave Bob Arum the go signal to arrange a title date with the Puerto Rican idol.
Pacman’s trainer Freddie Roach admits that Cotto is a dangerous foe, and Pacquiao has to be 100 percent fit to snatch Cotto’s belt.
Pacquiao for his part, vowed to give his best to carve out another scintillating victory.
Top Rank boss Bob Arum anticipates a classic match as both warriors are known for their excellent skills as well as punching power. He also foresees a financial bonanza from PPV revenue and gate receipts for both protoganists.
And what does Michael Buffer have to say? “Aaaaaaaaaah… Let’s get ready to rumbooooooool!”