In a sold out arena of over 20,000 fans in attendance, Miguel Cotto dominated middleweight top dog Argentine Sergio Martinez to capture WBC title and became the first Puerto Rican to capture titles in four different divisions.
Miguel Cotto dominating Sergio Martinez, at the Madison Square Garden in New York, on Saturday night, may end-up fighting marquee fighters at the 154-160 pound range. Cotto at 33 years old is just heading up to the biggest payday of his career.
Cotto, who now improves his record to 39 wins, 32 by way of stoppage and 4 losses, has rejuvenated career under the direction of trainer Freddie Roach who is also a long-time trainer of Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
Here are the three possible next opponents for Miguel Cotto:
1. Gennady Golovkin (29-0, 26 KO’s)
Gennady Golovkin is the WBA super world middleweight titlist. A unification bout at Madison Square Garden would be great at 160 pounds. But Cotto who weighed in only at 155 pounds against Martinez might demand for a catch-weight against Golovkin. And may imposed his “A-side, B-side” story in order to get the weight he desires inside the 160 pound middleweight limit.
I think there won’t be a problem as GGG has a small frame as a middleweight and can move back down even at 154 pounds. Freddie Roach is confident that Cotto can hang with GGG.
2. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (43-1, 31 KO’s)
Now, that Cotto proved he can knockdown legit middleweight—not just legit—but the middleweight champion, I believed boxing pundits changed their mind about a possible Canelo-Cotto match-up. They thought before that Canelo will kill Cotto if they ever meet in the ring.
Bob Arum likes the idea of Canelo-Cotto match-up. Arum and Oscar de La Hoya had showed signs that they will work again together. De la Hoya has regained back control of Golden Boy Promotions following the resignation of Richard Shaefer. Canelo is the most marketable fighter promoted by Golden Boy.
3. Floyd Mayweather Jr. (46-0, 26 KO’s)
A rematch with the pound-for-pound kingpin Floyd Mayweather Jr. would be another possibility, and I don’t see any problem, as Cotto is not under exclusive contract on either Top rank or Golden Boy. Cotto has proven to give problems to Floyd in the first fight; bloodied and bruised the undefeated Mayweather during the first fight.
Mayweather is scheduled to get back in the ring in September with an opponent yet to be identified.
Again, Freddie Roach believes Cotto will knockout Floyd in a rematch. Anyway, what would we expect to hear from the person who trains Cotto? Roach predicts like prophet about the outcome of Cotto-Martinez. I don’t know if you guys give credit about his prediction if Cotto and Mayweather will ever meet again. Do you believe Cotto will fight any of the above fighters on his next fight?