Canelo vs Cotto: 50/50 fight or is there a clear favorite?Written by Joseph Herron
After putting on another impressive, knock-out performance under the tutelage of Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach on Saturday, June 6, four division world champion Miguel Cotto is once again looking to set up a massive PPV event opposite former WBC/WBA Junior Middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez later this year.
Although the Cotto vs Canelo pairing would be one of the most anticipated and lucrative match-ups in the sport today, the Puerto Rican fight legend seemed surprisingly blasé about taking on the red-hot red-head from Mexico when asked about the suggested super-fight during Saturday night’s post fight press conference at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
“It’s going to be just another fight,” claims the current WBC and lineal Middleweight Champion. “Canelo is going to be just another opponent. We’re going to be ready for him…that’s all I can say about it.”
Despite being one of the most respected fighters in and around the 154 pound weight division, as well as one of the biggest ticket sellers in the business, the fourteen year fight veteran doesn’t appear to be terribly concerned with the ostensibly dangerous assignment.
Surely Miguel Cotto can’t be obtuse to the possibility of such a fight being a potential “career ender” at the current stage in his storied boxing tenure?
Apparently the intended meaning was lost somewhere in translation. The 34 year old fighter clarified his previous statement while addressing various members of the media.
“It’s going to be a great fight for the entire boxing world, and a big fight for us,” explained Cotto. “But at the end of the day, we’re just going to prepare ourselves for whatever Canelo has in mind for us.”
Coach Freddie believes the proposed Cotto vs Canelo match-up favors his fighter.
“I’ve thought about that fight a lot, and I’ve watched a lot of tape on Canelo,” stated the Hall of Fame trainer during the post fight press conference. “I do like the fight and I think it’s a great fight for us. It’s great for boxing and it’s a great fight for the world. It’s two really good fighters going at it and that’s what we want to see.”
“I’ll get Miguel ready for that fight and I feel we will win that fight.”
Leading into Cotto’s first Middleweight title defense, most fight scribes and boxing fans heavily favored Alvarez over Cotto in the suggested PPV match-up. But after Saturday night’s electrifying performance, many are calling the proposed pairing a toss up.
Canelo’s promoter, Oscar De la Hoya, was thoroughly impressed with the sensational knock-out victory and also believes the super fight to be a 50/50 affair.
“From what I saw here tonight, it’s a pick ’em fight,” said the ‘Golden Boy’ to Yahoo! Sports following the HBO main event. “It’s a dangerous fight for both of them. Being ringside and watching the punches that Cotto threw, seeing his power, the way he went to the body and head, the way he was moving his feet, he’s a dangerous guy for anyone.”
“I believe in Saul completely, but that’s a great, great fight. Cotto was very impressive.”
Has the targeted 155 pound Cotto vs Canelo superfight become an even match-up in the minds of most interested fight fans? Or should either fighter be listed as an obvious favorite, and why?
FightSaga Radio personality and expert boxing trainer James Gogue believes Canelo should still be considered the clear favorite later this year.
“I expected Miguel Cotto to dominate Daniel Geale,” professes the three decade fight trainer. “He had the right opponent in front of him on Saturday night. He’s still a fourteen year fight veteran with a lot of miles on his odometer.”
“I know Miguel gave Freddie Roach a ton of credit for his recent string of success, but you also have to factor in the favorable match making. You could argue that Cotto hasn‘t been in a real fight since losing to Austin Trout.”
“Canelo should still be the favored fighter. Alvarez is the faster, stronger, younger and more explosive fighter. He throws more creative combinations to the body and head and is a very smart, offensive minded counter puncher. Canelo would tear him up and stop him within the distance.”