Puerto Rico’s WBC Middleweight World Champion Miguel Cotto has emerged as one of the favourites to face Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in the Mexican’s next fight. After scoring a split-decision victory over tricky Cuban southpaw Erislandy Lara, Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya made it clear that: “Canelo wants to fight the very best and he’s going to continue to do so.”
Golden Boy split
Following former Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaeffer’s less-than-amicable split from De La Hoya last month - as well as Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s pledge to never again do business with Golden Boy - Canelo Alvarez has publicly declared his loyalty to De La Hoya. It seems his intent is to follow in his mentor’s footsteps by seeking to face only elite-level opposition in the ring.
A fight against Miguel Cotto would certainly fit into that bracket. Cotto destroyed Sergio Martinez in a ten-round assault in June to claim the WBC 160-pound title, and the fact that Canelo rehydrated up to 171-pounds in the ring on Saturday night suggests that he will have no problem stepping up to face Puerto Rico’s first four-weight champion.
Finding a compromise
Cotto also seems to be one of a very small number of fighters who are able to team up with both Golden Boy and Bob Arum’s Top Rank Promotions without being caught up in the recent hatred between the two. His own promotional company, Cotto Promotions, also play a part in making his fights. De La Hoya stated as much himself: “I would love to work with Cotto Promotions on a possible Canelo-Cotto fight.”
De La Hoya further fanned the flames by highlighting the previous blockbuster fights between the two boxing hot-beds:“July 12 is very important toward possibly seeing the pugilistic rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico once again. It would be Salvador (Sanchez) vs. (Wilfredo) Gomez, (Julio Cesar) Chavez Sr. vs. (Edwin) Rosario, (Oscar) De La Hoya vs. (Felix) Trinidad. Huge!”