De La Hoya close to decision
Ten-time world champion
De La Hoya, who has been in negotiations with both lightweight champion
The most popular choice remains Pacquiao, who is regarded as boxing's best pound-for-pound fighter. Earlier this month Pacquiao rejected a proposal that would have seen De La Hoya receive 70 percent of the revenues from the fight -- the same split that
Though negotiations broke off after that, both sides have recently returned to the bargaining table and there are indications that De La Hoya is willing to soften his stance on insisting on a 70-30 split. Should De La Hoya agree to a 65-35 split or a 60-30 split with the winner taking the final 10 percent, an agreement will likely be reached.
Should the talks fail again, De La Hoya is expected to turn to Mora, an undefeated super welterweight best known for winning the first season of
De La Hoya's unwillingness to face Margarito is mystifying. A bruising puncher with a granite chin, Margarito established himself as the top welterweight in the world when he stopped previously undefeated
Though Margarito has expressed an interest in facing De La Hoya, thus far De La Hoya and Golden Boy CEO