What Next For Miguel Cotto?

By James Slater: Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto may have lost more big fights than he’s won - see his defeats at the hands of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Junior - and he has had a long and hard career; yet there is nothing to suggest he should not fight again. Cotto acquitted himself very well against “Money” during May 5th’s blockbuster, to the point where he gave the sublime Mayweather his toughest fight in a number of years.

Cotto, who has been beaten only twice legitimately (and he also avenged the painful loss to Antonio Margarito - a fight that many people see as one where his foe may well have cheated, using “loaded gloves”) looked strong and powerful on May 5th, only losing because he was in with a truly special fighter in Mayweather. Why would Cotto look towards the exit door after such a fine and spirited effort?

The question is, who should Cotto fight if he decides to box on?

Right now, on a number of boxing web sites, there is a story reporting how Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer is floating the idea of a possible return fight between Mayweather and Cotto. Schaefer apparently feels the first fight was good enough, exciting enough and competitive enough for a part-II to be a worthy fight. While the first fight was good and certainly entertaining, would fans really be willing to part with another $59.99 to see it again? I don’t think so.

The first Mayweather-Cotto fight did very well on Pay-Per-View - earning a staggering 1.5 million buys - but no way would a rematch do close to that. Who would be willing to give Cotto a shot at winning a return? Mayweather should move on (to you know who) and Cotto should look elsewhere for a marquee name if he chooses to box on.

How about Cotto against new star and reigning WBC 154-pound champ Saul Alvarez? That one would definitely sell; another addition to the long traditional Mexico Vs. Puerto Rico rivalry as it would be. Or maybe Cotto could look to pick up an alphabelt against one of the current titlists? Maybe Cotto could even shoot for a piece of history by winning a piece of the middleweight title? At 5.7” Cotto wouldn’t be the biggest middleweight, but he wouldn’t be the smallest either.

Cotto, 37-3(30) is a definite future Hall of Famer (as Floyd Mayweather said himself post-fight on May 5th), and he really has nothing much left to prove. But I think this proud warrior will want to go out as a winner, and that there is a fight or two, or three, in his future. Who wouldn’t want to see this honourable, consistently exciting fighter wage war again?

Article posted on 15.05.2012

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