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Mayweather vs Pacquiao: One mammoth reason Floyd may choose Cotto?

Lee Cleveland Updated
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Despite the possibility of receiving a record payday of over $100 million to fight Manny Pacquiao, the fighter dubbed 'Money' still insists he's still toiling in the minusa of negotiations with Top Rank. For now, the Floyd Mayweather vs Manny Pacquiao superfight, like one, two and four years ago, remains a distant dream instead of an impending reality.

Yesterday, James Kirkland agreed to face Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in what may serve as a significant, negative turning point in the near five-year Mayweather vs Pacquiao fight saga.

For those who wish to see the 'Fight of the Century,' yesterday's developments only add to the skepticism Floyd will ever fight Manny.

So what does this mean for Mayweather vs Pacquiao and how is James Kirkland even relevant?

Simply put, the Canelo vs Kirkland confirmation leaves Miguel Cotto, previously Canelo's presumptive next opponent, highly available.

A superstar and future first ballot hall of famer, Miguel Cotto is Team Mayweather's only high-profile alternative to Manny Pacquiao. And yes, The Money Team recently made Cotto an offer while both legends were deep in negotiations with other opponents.

Had Canelo vs Cotto been signed, Mayweather would have had no realistic alternative.

But there's more...

Miguel Cotto is the RING Magazine middleweight champion of the world so a win over the Puerto Rican would make Floyd Mayweather a "lineal" world champion in three divisions, simultaneously.

What is that so significant?

Floyd would become only the second boxer in the entire history of the sport to hold world titles in three different weight divisions at the same time.

Moreover, and most importantly, he'd possess lineal championship status in each of those weight classes, welterweight, super welterweight and middleweight. 

The great Henry Armstrong became the undisputed concurrent three-division champion in 1938 and no fighter has come close since.

If Mayweather fights Cotto next, will Floyd tell us this is why? Perhaps Floyd should fight Cotto after facing Manny if he wants Armstrong-esque reverence as a sitting three-division champion?

Such a feat would be absolutely legendary. However, the iconic, immortal Armstrong attained it by defeating all comers.

Any exaltation granted to Floyd for becoming a concurrent three-division champion would be diminished for his refusal to face Manny Pacquiao.
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