Wednesday, October 04, 2023  |


Decision time (or not) for Pacquiao, Bradley and Canelo

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Manny Pacquiao
Chips are going to fall but they are being held by Manny Pacquiao right now, so until the Congressman makes up his mind regarding what he wants to do next, chip-watchers will have to be patient.
Topmost among the curious, arguably, will be Timothy Bradley; the Cali-based boxer, I heard, has a Plan B marinating in his mind – and some Plan B it is. If Pacquiao decides NOT to set up a third tussle with Bradley as his exit bout, then Bradley will focus his target on another mega-marquee name in the game, Miguel Cotto.

We could see Tim Bradley fighting Cotto in June before the Puerto Rican Day Parade, in NYC, is what the grapevine told me.

Wait…what? Is the grapevine drunk? Cotto being back in a bed with Top Rank Promotions? Er, that seems implausible. These folks had a bad breakup, toxicity galore there…

I poked around, the Roc Nation Sports clubhouse, the Top Rank loft.

Nah, nothing cooking along those lines, is what I came back with.

But hey…stranger things have happened. It can take a good 10 years to build up one’s name to a place where it moves the needle. Cotto and Bradley both have that. And I think bygones could be bygones, if it makes business sense. And yes, I think Cotto versus Bradley in NYC makes business sense.

But as we all well know, this is all revolving around “Pacman,” what he and adviser Michael Koncz and promoter Bob Arum decide upon as their next play. The rumor mill, ever so active, told me that Pacman probably isn’t accepting the notion that Floyd Mayweather Jr. has retired. Wouldn’t a re-do with Floyd be his best option, if only from a financial perspective? And could an 80/20 split in Floyd’s favor, which would still make Manny more than any other bout, lure “Money” off his hammock? Stranger things have happened…and in the last 24 hours!

While we are on the subject of nexts…a real bright pal of mine pointed out that there could well be some writing on the wall in the form of that Saturday clash between Joshua Clottey and Gabriel Rosado. Hmm, my bright buddy said…wouldn’t the winner of that make mucho sense to tangle with Canelo Alvarez on May 7? Now that you mention it, yessir, that does make infinite sense.

Lots of chips to be falling, at 147 and 160, in the next few weeks…
There are always lots of chips falling in the Woods residence. But as soon as they hit the bowl, damned if the gang don’t remember they’re outta salsa. Again.