Instead, the legendary Puerto Rican boxer, who turned 37 in October, will head to the ring for his final fight on Saturday (Dec. 2) and face Sadam Ali.
The 29-year-old gets his second title shot against Cotto, after losing to Jessie Vargas in March 2016 for the vacant WBO welterweight title and notching the only loss of his career.
While a matchup against either Alvarez or GGG would have drawn more interest, Cotto’s fight with Ali is poised to be a celebratory/farewell bout for the star, capping off a decorated 17-year career in the sport.
Cotto holds a 41-5 record and has participated in some of boxing’s most exciting fights and faced the sport’s best, including Floyd Mayweather, Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley, Canelo, Antonio Margarito and Sergio Martinez, among others.
Throughout his career, he’s won six world titles and became the first Puerto Rican man to win belts in four weight divisions (junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight).
How will you remember Cotto? His last fight takes place on Dec. 2 at NYC’s Madison Square Garden.