Cotto's decision leaves Manny Pacquaio with one less option for a proposed Dec. 8 date. Either a fourth fight with Juan Manuel Marquez or a rematch with Timothy Bradley Jr. seems inevitable. Marquez and Bradley are both worthy opponents but we've seen these fights before and there's no reason to expect the outcomes to be any different this time around -- 12 rounds and a close - potentially controversial - decision.
Will 2013 finally be the year fight fans get to see Pacquaio vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.? It's hard to believe this fight still hasn't happened ... and there's no indication it's going to happen any time soon. If Pacquiao and Mayweather retire without facing each other, it will go down as one of the greatest missed opportunities in sports history.