Floyd Mayweather's next fight is against another boxer NOT named Manny Pacquiao
If you still care enough to continue reading, I commend you. Instead of taking a risk and fighting Pacquiao, a fight that could actually challenge Mayweather, he's taking on Miguel Cotto.
Cotto is coming off 3 straight wins, over Yuri Foreman, Ricardo Mayorga and Antonio Margorito, who had beaten Cotto in their first bout. Before those three, Cotto lost in a 12th round TKO to Pacquiao, whom most fans would much rather see in the ring against Mayweather.
Once again, it appears as though Mayweather is ducking the more challenging fight in favor of one that seems more winnable.
Cotto is a strong opponent, without a doubt. I wouldn't want to make it seem like I'm trying to discredit him by any means. He has beaten outstanding fighters like Margarito, Mayorga, Shane Mosley and others.
To be fair, it's not entirely Mayweather's fault. He'll likely get much of the blame, since he's the one who scheduled a different opponent. But much of the blame can be placed squarely in the lap of Pacquiao and his promoter Bob Arum as well.
Right now, it's obvious that a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight is what fans want to see. They're widely considered the two best pound-for-pound boxers on the planet, and every other fight is considered a tuneup match for whenever they meet, which everyone is hoping will happen soon.
Boxing is hurting right now, with very few recognizable names. Pacquiao-Mayweather could provide a huge jolt for a sport that desperately needs it. Instead, both of them are hurting their own reputations and the reputation of the sport by not doing everything it takes to make it happen.
It's not like people have wanted this match for just a couple of months. It has been years in the making. It's time for both of them to put their own insecurities aside and make this fight happen.
Until then, we're stuck with more fights like this, where the real story isn't the fight that's actually happening, but the one that ISN'T happening.
Floyd Mayweather to fight Miguel Cotto [ESPN]