New rule keeps Cotto out of Vegas

Updated: July 30, 2007, 5:18 PM ET
By Dan Rafael
It's about the gloves.

The gloves are one of the primary reasons why, assuming the agreements are signed, that welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto will defend his belt against former champ Sugar Shane Mosley on Nov. 10 in New York's Madison Square Garden instead of in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay.

Cotto is already a proven attraction in New York, having drawn a record crowd of 20,658 to see his June 9 slugfest with Zab Judah. Mosley is also a popular fighter with many fans in New York, but promoters Top Rank and Golden Boy know that big fights in casinos can generate enormous revenue and they strongly considered Las Vegas for the fight.