HBO, Top Rank Set Nov. 14 Pacquaio-Cotto PPV Fight


Current pound-for-pound boxing champion Manny Pacquiao will step into the pay-per-view boxing ring Nov. 14 to fight World Boxing Organization champion Miguel Cotto, Top Rank Inc. president Bob Arum announced Monday.

Home Box Office will distribute the fight via PPV, according to Top Rank, which will promote the event to be held at the MGM Grand hotel in Las Vegas.

The fight will mark Pacquiao's return to the ring since May 2, when he knocked out Rickey Hatton in two rounds. That fight drew more than 800,000 PPV buys and $40 million in revenue.

The fight comes on the heels the Sept. 19 rescheduling of the Floyd Mayweather-Juan Manuel Marquez PPV fight, which was postponed from its original July 18 date due to a Mayweather rib injury.

Both fights should give a much needed revenue punch to a PPV boxing category that has featured only one major fight this year - the May 2 Pacquaio-Hatton bout.