Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez tipped the scales earlier this afternoon for Saturday evening’s marquee showdown at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 5-foot-7 Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) weighed 153.5 pounds and the 5-foot-9 Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) went 155 pounds for their battle at a maximum weight of 155.
Alvarez last vacated the squared circle on May 9 after rendering James Kirkland unconscious in the third round to win their explosive junior middleweight clash. Alvarez badly bloodied the 5-foot-9, 155-pound Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs), earned three knockdowns, and finished the convicted felon at 2 minutes, 19 seconds of the conclusive stage.
“I know that I have a tough task in front of me. I know what I have to do,” said Alvarez, 25, a Mexican superstar who began boxing professionally at the absurd age of 15. “I’m ready for everything. Anything he can bring, I’m ready for it.”
Meanwhile, nicknamed “Junito,” Cotto recorded a ferocious fourth round TKO over Australian Daniel Geale on June 6 to successfully defend the WBC World middleweight belt. Meeting at a catchweight of 157 pounds, Cotto manhandled the 5-foot-10 Geale (31-4, 16 KOs) from the outset and twice floored the drained challenger. Cotto expertly targeted Geale’s midsection and ended the mismatch with a sharp right hand. Geale, a former titleholder who possesses a 71-inch reach and was 5-1 in title scraps, indicated he was spent and referee Harvey Dock officially halted the beating at 1 minute, 28 seconds of the decisive frame.
“I’m just ready for (Saturday),” said Cotto, 35, the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four weight classes. “This is for all the fans of Puerto Rico and Mexico. Our purpose is to win the fight.”
Cotto has looked revitalized and competed with a noticeable confidence since partnering with decorated trainer Freddie Roach in the spring of 2013. Alvarez is a 3-1 favorite over Cotto because the Puerto Rican icon is 10 years older and he has engaged in numerous bloodbaths since debuting in February 2001. Still, although Alvarez was equally impressive versus the 31-year-old Kirkland, it’s hard to dismiss the rebirth Cotto has experienced with Roach in his corner.
Unfortunately for Cotto, likely due to the criminal actions of Mexican Antonio Margarito in July 2008, his face has a tendency to easily swell and cut. Consequently, regardless of who ultimately controls the action, Alvarez enters this contest with a decided advantage that Cotto won’t be able to overcome.
In a tremendous clash, expect ringside doctors to grant Canelo Alvarez a controversial stoppage over Miguel Cotto tomorrow night in Sin City.