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Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez is likely on tap... Sorry Floyd

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After losing two consecutive fights to Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin “No Doubt” Trout in 2012, four division world champion Miguel Angel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) has bounced back with two impressive knock-out victories and is once again the toast of the boxing community. Although trainer Freddie Roach and the newly crowned Middleweight Champion have both stated that they want to avoid making any decisions concerning future opposition at this time and savor every bit of this satisfying win over former lineal 160 pound champ Sergio Martinez, promoter Bob Arum has already tentatively scheduled a December 6th or 13th fight date for the Puerto Rican hero’s triumphant return to the ring in either New York or Las Vegas, depending on the quality of opposition.

(Image courtesy of De La Calle Boxing )

When Miguel first reported to training camp for his June 7th bout with Martinez at the world renowned Wildcard Gym in Hollywood, California, the always confident head trainer boldly stated that they would be looking at a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. or a “Mexican vs. Puerto Rican” rivalry bout with Canelo Alvarez after they took care of business against “Maravilla” Martinez.

“After we beat Martinez in June, Cotto is looking at a potential rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. or a big fight with Canelo Alvarez,” the five-time Trainer of the Year award recipient stated on April 2nd, 2014.

“If you remember, we actually turned down a fight with Alvarez to take this one. Because we really didn't know how long Martinez would be around.”

“Alvarez is very young and has longevity, and Martinez is getting old. So after we get the big win, we could be looking at two fights, one with Mayweather and another with Alvarez. I really love the fight with Alvarez.”

With Miguel’s relationship with longtime promoter Top Rank, Inc, at an all time high, and Oscar De La Hoya currently showing a genuine interest in rectifying a working relationship with former boss and Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum, the timing couldn’t be much better in putting together a huge match-up at either 154 or 160 pounds between Cotto and Canelo later this year.

Despite achieving a huge milestone in defeating the former lineal and Ring Magazine Middleweight Champion on Saturday night, the soon to be 24 year old Mexican favorite has to defeat the current WBA Junior Middleweight title holder Erislandy Lara on July 12th, in order for a “Canelo vs. Cotto” match-up to recognize its true money making potential.

But should Canelo defeat the Cuban exile next month by either decision or stoppage, an Alvarez/Cotto pairing would be one of the more lucrative events of the 2014 boxing calendar year.

Although many believe that the current WBC and Ring Middleweight Champ would be more inclined to work outside of the Top Rank banner for his next outing with Floyd Mayweather Jr, it’s highly unlikely that the Caguas native will elect to chase a rematch with the pound for pound king anytime soon.

With a renewed surge in popularity, clout, and confidence, it’s hard to imagine Cotto leaving Bob Arum, Todd Duboef, and Bruce Trampler for a second time to make another fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr.

The Top Rank brass, along with Ken Hershman and Peter Nelson of HBO Sports, have done a masterful job of resurrecting Miguel’s career after losing to “No Doubt” Trout in December of 2012, and consequently contemplating retirement.

After knocking out Rodriguez and Martinez in consecutive bouts, Miguel Cotto’s stock has never been higher. The well-deserved money nor the billing would be available for the Puerto Rican rockstar if he chose to share center stage with the biggest ego in boxing.

Because of Floyd’s hefty guarantee to make $32 million per fight under the current agreement with Showtime/CBS, it’s hard to imagine Cotto receiving the guaranteed $10 million plus, for which he would be asking if he were to attempt a second round of negotiations with Team Mayweather.

All signs point to Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez, either later this year or during the first quarter of 2015, in a co-promotion with Top Rank, Inc, and Golden Boy Promotions on the biggest stage of boxing, HBO PPV.


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