Mayweather one-ups Arum again!

By Robert Jackson: The just announced the Mayweather/Cotto fight scheduled for May 5, 2012, has to be a shocker to Top Rank boss Bob Arum. In the days preceding this announcement, Top Rank was dangling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. like a carrot or piece of raw meat in front of Cotto face to keep him from bolting the Top Rank camp for greener pastures.

What greener pastures you might ask??
Pastures including Canelo Alvarez, James Kirkland, Alfredo Angulo while also making available to Cotto other fighters associated with Mayweather advisor and confidant Al Haymon – a man who Bob Arum refers to as Machiavelli because of his penchant as a tight negotiator.

Pacquiao’s 147lb weight request along with Arum’s steadfast support of Antonio Margarito probably played a part in Cotto’s acceptance to fight Mayweather. But most likely Mayweather’s shrewd dealings regarding an expected Pacquiao fight led Floyd to select Cotto. By selecting Cotto, Floyd all but forced Pacquiao’s hand in the direction of Juan Manuel Marquez, because at this point, Timothy Bradley and Lamont Peterson have limited drawing power and fan appeal.

Mayweather also takes some food off of the Top Rank table by snatching Cotto from the hands that previously fed him. Arum can’t be too happy to be missing out on some of that Mayweather/Cotto money. I wouldn’t be surprised if a promotional law suit is filed by Top Rank against Cotto just to postpone that fight.

In any case kudos to Mayweather and Cotto who at this time will be fighting on May 5, 2012.

Article posted on 02.02.2012

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