By James Slater – Puerto Rican hero Miguel Cotto, bigger than ever despite (maybe even due to) his competitive, hugely successful fight with the recently released from jail Floyd Mayweather Junior, is set to return to action on Dec. 1st. The likely venue for Cotto’s return is Madison Square Garden in New York, reports Fightnews.com, and the 154-pounder has only to choose his opponent.
According to Cotto, who spoke to Fightnews, he is “meeting with several companies to explore the options for the next event.”
It’s no secret that unbeaten WBC 154-pound champ Saul “Canelo” Alvarez wants the big fights, and the Mexican has spoken of his desire to face Cotto. Should Alvarez do the business against Josesito Lopez on Sept. 15th, and not fall to the “upset king” who is coming off that big surprise win over Victor Ortiz, we could be in store for another addition to the fierce Mexico Vs. Puerto Rico rivalry. The place would absolutely rock if Cotto and Canelo got it on, that’s for sure.
But Cotto, up there with Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao when it comes to bringing in the fans, both live and on pay-per-view, has plenty of other options – it’s just that the Canelo fight looks by far the most attractive.
Could the old warrior who has already featured in so many big fights teach the young lion a few lessons and even beat him if they meet? Or will Canelo, dubbed by many the next boxing superstar, pave the way to a shot at the sublime Mayweather with a dominant win over Cotto?
Cotto certainly has a lot of miles on the clock, but, as we saw on May 5th, he remains an elite operator, beaten only by the absolute best. Is Canelo one of the best, or is he about to become so soon? Dec. 1st in New York will be one hot ticket whoever the phenomenally popular Cotto fights. Triple that if his dance partner is the unbeaten sensation from Mexico.
If Cotto wins his fight on Dec. 1st, rematches with Mayweather and Pac-Man could happen for him. If Canelo wins? Well, that road to superstardom will have gotten a whole lot shorter.