With the superfight between Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez set for Saturday (Sept. 16), another fighter is throwing his hat into the ring for the winner. His name is Miguel Cotto.
The legendary fighter is set to retire from boxing at the end of the year, following more than 15 years in the ring. However, he wants one last hurrah: the winner of GGG-Canelo.
Cotto has a career finale set for Dec. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York and wants either a rematch with Canelo or his first meeting against GGG. “It’s the best way to say goodbye to boxing,” Cotto told ESPN on Thursday night (Sept. 14).
Assuming the winner of GGG-Canelo isn’t too banged up, a December showdown with Cotto would very well happen.
The boxer is in Las Vegas to talk to his promoters at Golden Boy about making a deal to fight the winner. Golden Boy president Eric Gomez told ESPN it’s a fight the company is interested in… and Canelo is interested as well. Furthermore, Canelo wants to fight in New York, since he’s never fought there yet.
Gomez also said he’s spoken to Golovkin promoter Tom Loeffler and GGG is interested as well.
“Miguel has said he is going to retire at the end of the year and he wants to go out with a bang,” Gomez said. “A fight with the winner of Saturday’s fight would be a really big fight. Miguel Cotto has fought everyone and been in a lot of big fights. This would be a great way for him to go out.”
Canelo earned a unanimous decision against Cotto back in May 2015 for the lineal middleweight title. Since then, Cotto has fought just once, when he took a unanimous decision against Yoshihiro Kamegai just last month to win a vacant junior middleweight belt.
Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) is 36 years old now and is apparently at the end of his boxing run. During his career, he won world titles in four weight classes — middleweight, junior middleweight, welterweight and junior welterweight. He’s fought the likes of Paulie Malignaggi, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
“No matter what happens or who I fight in the next fight, I am here to do the best I can,” Cotto said. “I’m here to do whatever is the best for us, Golden Boy and Miguel Cotto.”
“It’s going to be a tough fight between [GGG and Alvarez]. Whatever happens, I am leaving the ring Dec. 31,” he added. “I will have the last fight of my career in December, and fighting the winner would be a good way to go out. I would be proud to have that fight.”