Miguel Cotto’s knockout victory over Daniel Geale, last Saturday night at the Barclays Center has now paved the way for a mega pay-per-view bout in the fall with Mexican rising star Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.
Due to their drawing power, and their pay-per-view earning potential, a Cotto-Canelo matchup would be the second biggest fight that could be made in all of boxing. With the first obviously being Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao. But unlike Mayweather-Pacquiao, Cotto-Canelo guarantees fireworks.
Cotto, who debuted under the Roc Nation promotional banner, promised HBO Sports personnel that he would fight Canelo next. According to Roc Nation Boxing CEO David Iskowitch, negotiations will begin soon. “It would be a smart bet, to say that you will see a fight between Miguel and Canelo,” Iskowitch said. “Everything is preliminary. We don’t have a date or a venue yet.”
But if you were to ask Cotto, he sounded pretty confident that Canelo is next in line. “If the fans want to see it, then we can make it happen. Let’s do it. Why not? A fight with Canelo would be another fight in the chapter and career of Miguel Cotto,” he said in the post-fight interview with Max Kellerman. Cotto improved to 40-4, (33) after making the first defense of his middleweight strap.
Alvarez and Cotto came very close to finalizing a deal, in which the pair would have met in the spring. But as Jay-Z would say, it was “politics as usual”. In what ultimately became a tug-of-war between two alpha males, neither Cotto nor Canelo could agree on the ‘A-side/B-side’ equation, not to mention that Cotto asked for an amount somewhere north of 10 million dollars. Plus there was this other angle suggesting that neither party wanted to go head-to-head with the Mayweather-Pacquiao pay-per-view. Eventually Canelo moved on to face James Kirkland in Houston, Texas. A fight in which he won by a 3rd knockout, looking sensational in doing so.
The timing couldn’t better for a Cotto and Canelo scrap. Since hooking up with Hall-of-Fame trainer Freddie Roach, Cotto has produced a streak of 3 wins all by way of knockout. Roach is adamant about testing his charge against the younger and stronger Canelo.
“I’ve thought about that fight a lot and I’ve watched a lot of tape on the opponent,” Roach said during the post-fight press conference. “I thought it would’ve happened sooner than it is. But I do like that fight. I think it’s a great fight for us. It’s a great fight for boxing. It’s two really good fighters going at it. That’s what we want to see. I will get Miguel ready for that fight and I feel that we will win that fight.”
Unfortunately, Mayweather could have the final say in determining if Cotto-Canelo pops off. Boxing’s biggest star went on the record after defeating Pacquiao last month, saying that he will fight once more before retiring. A rematch with Cotto is one of the fights that Mayweather is considering for his curtain call. Mayweather defeated Cotto via a unanimous decision 3 years ago. Cotto gave Mayweather all that he could handle, in what some ringside observers call Mayweather’s toughest fight to date.