[h=1]Forget Plan B, the world wants Mayweather v Pacquiao[/h] Mayweather and Pacquiao are both in action soon, but frustratingly not against each other, writes boxing legend Barry McGuigan Safer option?: Floyd Mayweather has taken a fight with Miguel Cotto rather than a bout with Manny Pacquiao Getty Floyd Mayweather v Miguel Cotto and Manny Pacquiao v Timothy Bradley are a little like the third-place play-off at World Cups. They are contests featuring top-quality opponents but are robbed of substance by the context in which they meet. There is one compelling engagement in boxing today, an event so big it stretches beyond the narrow confines of sport into mainstream entertainment. But by delaying fighting each other, Mayweather and Pacquiao risk seeing the drama and, as a *consequence, the value drain from the contest. Mayweather was given special permission to delay the start of a 90-day jail sentence for assaulting his former girlfriend to allow him to get back into the ring on May 5. The expectation was that he would face Pacquiao, but Cotto has now stepped into that slot. The judge in the Las Vegas court case must be as disappointed as the rest of us by the outcome. Mayweather will go behind bars on June 1, so a Pac Man clash is still some way off. Cotto is solid at 154lb. He doesnt throw masses of punches. He picks *opponents apart. But he is not the force he was at 140lb or 147lb. Pacquiao punched holes in him. That said, the fight was made at 145lb, which was a stretch for Cotto by then and definitely made a *difference. At light-middle he is a different proposition. And he will enter the ring against Mayweather a super middleweight, weighing 168lb. That will allow him to absorb more *punishment. Mayweather started out at super featherweight remember. Thats 130lb. Though he beat Oscar de la Hoya at light-middleweight he loses a little of his dynamic punching power at the weight. Mayweather was more aggressive against Shane Mosley and I believe we will see more of that *attitude against Cotto. He needs to keep the X-factor alive. If he does that, his summer in the slammer will not corrode the impact of an autumn encounter with Pac Man. Paquiaos last two performances have been subdued. He was too respectful against Mosley. He could have stopped him and didnt. Against Juan Manuel Marquez, he was just poor. Mayweather was not able to stop Marquez either, but he schooled him. The Mayweather fans are more convinced than ever that their man beats Pacquiao hands down. Im not so sure. Pacquiao has Tim Bradley in his sights in June. Like Mayweather he is taking up Plan B, a decent fight but not the one we wanted. Bradley brings an unbeaten record to the table and a degree of kudos, but not the arsenal to get past Pacquiao. The Filipino legend is a busy man these days, almost fitting in the fights around his political schedule back home. I have flagged up before the dangers of distraction for Pacquiao. In the *Philippines he is like David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo combined. His time is not his own, yet he manages to step out of that madness to somehow keep his boxing career going. That is not easy. His focus is not what it should be. He needs a big fight to get the juices flowing again. He needs Mayweather. And fast. Another fighter with an itch to scratch, Amir Khan, has got his wish with the rematch inked against Lamont Peterson. The pair clash again on May 19 in Las Vegas. Khan will not come up short this time.