By Nick Giongco
A renowned Filipino boxing figure told Fightnews on Monday that Manny Pacquiao deserves the lion’s share of the money in the event a proposed fight with Miguel Cotto is penciled for Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Rudy Salud, who crafted the by-laws of the World Boxing Council (WBC), also stressed that the Filipino pound-for-pound king will easily dispatch the rugged Puerto Rican “provided that they fight at a catch weight of 143 or 144 lbs.”
“It will be a walk in the park,” said Salud, who was the WBC’s secretary-general from the late 1960s until the early 1970s.
Salud said Pacquiao should be generous enough to grant Cotto a “30 percent” cut on the total pot “based on Cotto’s recent performance.”
“Cotto doesn’t bring much to the table except his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title,” said Salud, who watched Cotto fight on television against Joshua Clottey and thought that Cotto did enough to merit the decision.
Salud said outside of Puerto Rico and the New York area, Cotto doesn’t have a strong following.
Top Rank chief Bob Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Cotto, said he will move heaven and earth to stage the fight on Nov. 14 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas despite the sudden announcement that the July 18 fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Juan Manuel Marquez has been postponed.
Salud stressed that Pacquiao has the right to demand, saying he is the No. 1 attraction and anybody who challenges him should settle for a far lesser share in the total pot.
Although Salud never had a direct involvement in the way Pacquiao was brought up by his former handlers—led by long-time friend and the semi-retired Rod Nazario—Pacquiao learned a thing or two from Salud’s personal and business savvy, having spent some time with Salud during countless affairs and events.