HBO, Top Rank Punching For Pacquiao PPV Bout In November


Two days after announcing the postponement of its big July 18 Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez fight, HBO along with boxing promotion company Top Rank Inc. is close to lacing up the gloves for a Nov. 14 PPV event featuring Manny Pacquiao.

Sources close to the situation said that sport's recognized pound-for-pound champion Pacquiao would fight World Boxing Organization welterweight champion Miquel Cotto in November. Cotto is coming off a 12-round split decision win against Joshua Clottey this past Saturday on an HBO televised boxing telecast.

World Boxing Association Welterweight champion Shane Mosley has also been discussed as a potential opponent for Pacquiao. HBO Sports senior vice president Mark Taffet would only say that the network has talked to Top Rank about a Nov. 14 fight featuring Pacquiao, but no deals have been finalized yet.

HBO has yet to reschedule the Mayweather-Marquez fight, which was postponed Monday after Mayweather suffered a rib injury during training. Sources indicate the fight could be rescheduled for September.