As the wheels continue to turn in the life of Manny Pacquiao, it has become clear that a rematch with WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto may now be out of reach.
Pacquiao defeated Cotto via 12th round TKO in November of 2009 to capture the WBO welterweight crown that he now holds in a fight held at a catch-weight of 145 pounds in Las Vegas. A little over two years later and Pacquiao apparently again asked for Cotto to come down in weight, this time to the welterweight limit of 147 pounds, but Cotto, whose junior middleweight reign typically sees him come in right under 154 pounds, was not taking the bait.
<— Bonus slideshow: Recent images from Photojournalist Chris Robinson as he captures the likes of Guillermo Rigondeaux, Victor Ortiz, Andre Berto, Brandon Rios, Sergio Martinez, and Nonito Donaire in training camp
Pacquiao has caught some flack in recent years for having a catch-weight guarantee attached to a handful of his contests, as there are those who feel it has made a few of his wins slightly tainted.
But when asked for his take on the recent developments in relation to a Pacquiao-Cotto rematch, former champion Victor Ortiz feels that Manny is the one who should be calling the shots.
“Manny can do what he wants,” Ortiz said recently from his training camp in Ventura, California as he prepares for a February rematch of his own with Andre Berto. “He’s the champ. He’s the ruler of boxing and his division for a reason. As far as that goes, I leave that in their court. I can’t really speak on his behalf, but all the best.”
Ortiz has always shown respect to Pacquiao and knows him very well, having engaged in some heated sparring sessions with him a few years back at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Los Angeles.
Ortiz was then asked if he had been impressed at all by Cotto, who has gone 3-0 with 3 knockouts since his defeat at the hands of Pacquiao with stoppage victories over Yuri Foreman, Ricardo Mayorga, and Antonio Margarito.
“Impressed in the fact that I’d like to fight him,” Ortiz continued. “That’d be nice. He’s a great fighter, they’re all great fighters.”
The statement led me to ask Ortiz his opinion of Mexican superstar Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, who is being looked at as a possible foe to undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr. this coming May. Mayweather handed Ortiz his third defeat as a professional this past September and he doesn’t get too excited when muttering Alvarez’s name as a possible foe for his former rival.
“I can’t say I’m impressed by Saul Alvarez. He’s a good guy, a good guy inside but his boxing doesn’t impress me,” Ortiz said bluntly.
Ortiz suffered his share of criticism for the way his bout with Mayweather went down and the feedback, along with the backlash from his June 2009 loss to Marcos Maidana, has seemed to make him leery towards the press.
Ortiz was asked for how he feels towards both the media and fans and couldn’t offer up a definitive answer as he simply tried his best to take everything in stride.
“I don’t know. Fans are fans. I just keep doing what I do, and what my team does. We just keep getting ready for the next one.”
Sergio Martinez training, waiting for a super fight –Lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez trains in Oxnard, California as he eyes a March 17 date with Matthew Macklin
Andre Berto training like a beast despite knocks from Ortiz – Andre Berto trains in Van Nuys, California amidst criticism from his February 11th rival Victor Ortiz
Brandon Rios’ intense training and call out of Gamboa –Former WBA lightwegiht champion Brnadon Rios sparred in Oxnard, California and had some choice words for Yuriorkis Gamboa
Mercito Gesta trains in Ceba plus bonus shots – Images of lightweight star Mercito Gesta training in Cebu in the Philippines plus bonus
Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. ripped for Donaire – Images of Puerto Rico’s former champ as he is cut and focused for his Feb. 4th duel with Nonito Donaire, plus bonus images from Donaire’s Vegas camp
Rigondeaux stops Ramos; Mayweather, Julaton, Ward attend – Images from Guillermo Rigondeaux’s 6th round knockout over Rico Ramos plus bonus shots of Mayweather, Ana Julaton, and others ringside
Mayweather Jr. calls out Manny Pacquiao – Images from the Mayweather Boxing Club as Floyd Jr. hosts the media and calls for a May 5th date with Manny Pacquiao
Photo journalist Chris Robinson – Behind the scenes in Las Vegas with the Mayweathers, Pacquiao, Donaire, Cotto, Marcos Maidana, Amir Khan, Zab Judah, Brandon Rios and several other stars
Guillermo Rigondeaux preps for Ramos – Candid shots of the Cuban star working out days after hitting Vegas and eyeing his Friday night duel with WBA champ Rico Ramos
Ringside with the Tecate Girls – Visit the slideshow for a look at the Tecate Girls on the scene in Las Vegas, entertaining at the fights, and in personal photo shoots
A look inside the Wild Card – Step up inside of the famous gym with the likes of Pacquiao, Khan, Chavez Jr., Shawn Porter, Alex Ariza, Alfredo Angulo, Freddie Roach, and several other boxing luminaries
Intense sparring with Nonito Donaire – Go inside the camp of the ‘Filipino Flash’ as he goes heads up with Russian featherweight prospect Evgeny Gradovich at the Top Rank Gym in Vegas
Rico Ramos returns fire to Rigondeaux – Catch up with WBA junior feather champ Rico Ramos as he trains at the Mayweather Boxing Club for his bout with Rigondeaux
Reliving Pacquiao-Marquez III – A look back at the trilogy bout, including the opening pressers, Pacquiao’s Vegas arrival, ringisde shots, and a look at the post-fight presser
Behind the scenes at the Mayweather-Ortiz ‘Star Power’ event – Images of Mayweather’s fiance’ Shantel Jackson plus ringside shots of Floyd’s victory and a look at the pre and post-fight pressers
2011 in Pictures – Juan Manuel Marquez – The Mexico City star defies the odds yet again / Manny Pacquiao – The Filipino icon wins over Mosley, Marquez but leaves much to be desired / Nonito Donaire – The Filipino stars knocks out Montiel and hits the fight scene / Victor Ortiz – The young champion’s dramatic bouts with Berto, Mayweather
Nonito Donaire’s first day of camp in Vegas – Take a look at Donaire’s first day of camp in Las Vegas as he starts off sparring and dives right in
Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II: Cotto carves up Margarito for 10th round TKO – a ringside view of Cotto’s TKO over Margarito / Inside the Cotto-Margarito II weigh-in-Both men ripped and ready but Brandon Rios loses title on scales / Inside the final, tense Cotto-Margarito II presser/Inside Miguel Cotto’s media workout in New York /Antonio Margarito and Brandon Rios hit up New York
Chris Robinson can be reached at Trimond@aol.com andwww.Twitter.com/CRHarmony