Miguel Cotto: Everyone wants a pieceWritten by Lee Cleveland
Win, lose or draw, fight legend Miguel insists his next fight will be his last.
And if that fight doesn't happen by December 31, we may have already seen the last of the great Puerto Rican in a boxing ring. Cotto, of course, soundly defeated Yoshihiro Kamegai on August 26 to win the vacant WBO junior middleweight title.
Looking for one last hurrah, who should Miguel Cotto fight next?
Cotto vs Winner of Canelo vs Golovkin
Miguel wants to face the winner of the September 16 superfight showdown betwen Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin but the former is insisting he wouldn't be interested in a rematch with Miguel. Alvarez defeated Cotto via a majority decision in 2015.
Complicating matters more is the Canelo vs Golovkin rematch clause. Should Golovkin win, Canelo can chose to make himself Golovkin's next opponent.
Cotto vs Mikey Garcia
WBC lightweight champion Mikey Garcia, via Twitter, wrote "cotto garcia dec?" several days after Cotto defeated Kamegai.
Is Garcia willing to bolt up to 154 lbs? Cotto won't meet him at 147. Cotto vs Garcia is a longshot to say the least due to their difference in size and the fact that Garcia might be a little too slippery for Team Cotto's liking.
Cotto vs Margarito 3
Antonio Margarito, who was seemingly gifted a technical decision over Carson Jones this past weekend in the former's native Mexico, insists he should be Cotto's final opponent. And yes, given the Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry and the drama and bad blood between Miguel and Antonio, the fight should at least be considered.
Remember the 'loaded gloves' controversy from their first fight and Cotto's revenge in the rematch?
But Cotto vs Margarito is a fall back option at best because the latter has been very inactive lately and not entirely impressive the few times he's has managed to step in the ring over the last 5 years; And last weekend's performance did nothing to make his case.
Margarito has been out of the public conciousness too long to be the top candidate for the Miguel Cotto Sweepstakes. Let's put this one in the back pocket.
Cotto vs Brook
Reports say Kell Brook is interested in fighting Miguel, and Cotto vs Brook would intrigue. However, because Kell has been stopped in his last two fights, his handlers would be reluctant to put him in the ring with a top guy like Cotto who is naturally bigger (at this stage of his career) and can still unleash hard leather.
Cotto vs Lemieux
Ding! Ding! This fight makes sense for a number of reasons. No wonder Golden Boy Promotions, Lemieux's promoter, signed Miguel Cotto earlier this year when he split fro Roc Nation.
Golden Boy likely has plans for Miguel and is hoping to benefit from their investment.
Cotto vs Lemieux wouldn't yield the revenue of Canelo vs Cotto 2 but a Lemieux win over the fight legend would propel David's stock and marketability, and make him a bigger cash generator for Golden Boy.
The best scenario for Golden Boy: Cotto losses to David Lemieux in a bout that serves as a 'passing of the torch' from great old star to great new star.
The worst scenario for Golden Boy: Cotto starches Lemieux in a one-sided affair and sticks to his retirement plans.
Aside from the business of boxing, Cotto vs Lemieux has 'fireworks' written all over it.
One of the most respected knockout artists in boxing, the 27-year-old Lemieux is a former middleweight title-holder who always brings intrigue and excitement into the ring but has technical shortcomings Cotto could expose. Nevertheless, his power and durability make him a legitimate threat to anyone from 154 to 168 pounds.
If Golovkin defeats Canelo, Miguel Cotto will definitely face David Lemieux in December. Should Canelo win, Miguel will likely face Lemieux in December or Canelo in 2018 after being persuaded to hang around a little longer. Don't expect Canelo vs Cotto 2 in December because `it's doubtful Alvarez would participate in two superfights in the short span of 90 days.
Cotto vs Kamegai highlights