If talks for a mega-fight on November 13 between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. break down, the newly elected Filipino Congressman could fight Antonio Margarito or Miguel Cotto, according to his trainer Freddie Roach.
Roach said during an interview on 590 AM Toronto that Pacquiao won't wait forever for Mayweather.
"We'll, we're going to fight November 13th against somebody, and me and Manny both hope that it's Mayweather," Roach told 590 AM.
My colleague Greg Logan reported in an earlier post that the only thing holding up the bout is Mayweather's signature on the dotted line. Roach said Top Rank boss Bob Arum told him they'll know in a week if the fight is on or not.
How boxing fans would react to a Pacquiao-Cotto rematch or a Pacquiao-Margarito bout is a good question. Cotto struggled to deal with Pacquiao's attack and it's questionable if he would be able to put up a better fight a second time.
As for Margarito, he still isn't licensed to fight in the United States. Margarito scored an easy unanimous-decision win over Roberto Garcia on May 8. But that fight was in Mexico. Margarito would need his license reinstated by the California State Athletic Commission to fight in the US.