Saturday, December 12, 2009

Manny Pacquiao wants to party with Miguel Cotto

Manny Pacquiao has invited his previous opponent Miguel Cotto to his birthday party on December 17.

Pacquiao, who defeated Cotto by a 12th round technical decision last month, will celebrate his 31st birthday with a party in his hometown of General Santos City in the Philippines.

Both Cotto and Pacquiao are promoted by Bob Arum of Top Rank, and when the boss was in the Philippines recently to discuss a future match-up with Floyd Mayweather Jr, Pac-Man said he had great respect for Cotto and extended an invite to the Puerto Rican welterweight and his wife.

Pacquiao has been the subject of much speculation of late regarding his showdown with Mayweather, which is pencilled-in for March 13, 2010.

However, he hasn’t allowed the prospect of facing the biggest challenge of career put him off his birthday party.

Arum has been working on setting up the Pacquiao v Mayweather bout, which both fighters have agreed to in principle, but neither has signed a contract at this time.

The venue of the bout has been subject to speculation. Arum and Mayweather’s promoter Richard Schaefer were expected to visit Dallas this week to discuss the use of Cowboy’s stadium only for Schaefer to back down at the last minute and rule out an outdoor stadium as host.

This leaves Las Vegas as the front runner for what could be the biggest fight in the history of the sport. Arum will also be speaking to Team Cotto in the New Year to discuss future fights in 2010.

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