LOOK AHEAD TO COTTO v CANELO
By TOM WATT on July 28 2015
This clash has been bubbling away for a while now and since we reported on the 2nd of July (See here) the two camps have agreed on pretty much everything now including a catch-weight (155 lbs). The only thing left to decide is the venue with three stand-out options being available, the MGM in Vegas, the Thomas & Mack Centre (with The Wynn) in Vegas or Madison Square Garden in New York.
All three venues have their own selling points with the two Vegas venues offering guaranteed ticket buys and the added amenities of the hotel – as per Dan Rafael the MGM’s offer is reportedly $1m higher than The Thomas & Mack/Wynn bid. Madison Square Garden has been Cotto’s preferred venue throughout his career and he has routinely sold out but his team have said they will fight wherever it makes the most money.
Venue aside this fight seems locked on to happen in November and will see two of the Sport’s biggest names and most exciting fighters go head to head. As well as the age-old Mexican – Puerto-Rican rivalry that will be re-ignited with this clash, we will also see one of Boxing’s living legends in four weight World Champion and Future Hall-Of-Famer, Miguel Cotto, go up against one of the Sport’s hottest young stars in Mexico’s superstar, Canelo Alvarez who, having just turned 25 has already amassed an intimidating record of 45-1-1 with Shane Mosley, Austin Trout and Erislanday Lara.
“It’s the biggest fight to be made now,” De La Hoya said via ESPN.com.
“Cotto was very impressive. He took Geale out. The fight between Cotto and Canelo is huge. It’s the biggest fight in boxing after [Floyd] Mayweather v [Manny] Pacquiao. But the difference is that with Cotto-Canelo, you are guaranteed action.”
Expect to see rivalry build between the Mexican and Puerto-Rican contingents as the fight draws closer, this is a fight that has been in the making for a long time but many thought would never happen, Cotto who is now nearing the end of his career has fought only once in the last 12 months (a KO win over Australia’s Daniel Geale) and has become well-known for his difficulty to deal with in negotiations (Sergio Martinez labelled Cotto a ‘Diva’ in the build up to their fight) – fortunately we have not had to wait five years for Cotto v Canelo to be made and in less than four months we will get to see these two warriors going at it. Whilst this fight may not eclipse Mayweather v Pacquiao’s numbers, it will likely be the biggest event in Boxing for at least the second half of 2015.
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