Diaz excited to fight Soto for WBC title

Updated: February 17, 2010, 2:44 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

Chicagoan David Diaz will get a shot to regain the WBC lightweight title he lost to Manny Pacquiao in 2008.

Diaz (35-2-1, 17 knockouts) will face Humberto Soto (50-7-2 with 32 KOs) on the undercard of Pacquiao's bout against Joshua Clottey on March 13 at Cowboy Stadium. The WBC lightweight title was vacated when Edwin Valero moved up in weight.

"I'm very excited," Diaz said. "We knew this [shot at regaining the title] would come.

"Just sometimes in this game you have to have a lot of patience. We did our work and fought a top contender in Jesus Chavez, which put us back on the map."

That majority decision over Chavez on Sept. 26, 2009 at the UIC Pavilion was Diaz's only fight since suffering a ninth-round TKO against Pacquiao in Las Vegas.

"I would love another chance to get in there with Manny," Diaz said.

Soto's last fight also was against Chavez, winning a unanimous decision on Dec. 19. Soto, 29, is the former WBC super featherweight champ.

"Soto's an outside fighter, and he likes to steal rounds," Diaz said. "But the good thing is he does like to fight on the inside sometimes, and that's going to benefit us.

"I feel I'm going to be a little stronger and faster."