Former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (38-4, 31 KO’s) already has his opponent picked out after his hoped for June 7th fight against WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez (51-2-2, 28 KO’s). Cotto wants to face former WBA/WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in the 2nd half of the year. Cotto turned down a $10+ million fight offered by Golden Boy Promotions for him to fight Canelo on March 8th.
Cotto didn’t want that fight first. He wants the reverse order with him taking on the older 38-year-old Sergio for his WBC title, because that would give Cotto a chance to win a 4th division world title. That’s something that Cotto puts a lot of value in because he’s been wanting to grab a 4th belt for a long time. It wasn’t a doable situation earlier when Sergio was in top form, but now that he’s showing signs of aging, Cotto has him where he wants him.
“After June, we have six more months and at any moment in those six months we can have a fight with Canelo,” Cotto said to ESPN.
This sounds great, but Cotto will need to beat Sergio for a fight against Canelo to be taken seriously by boxing fans. If Golden Boy and Cotto go ahead and make the Canelo fight even with Cotto coming off of a loss to Sergio, it would be seen as little more than a cash out fight for Cotto. I think that would scare off a lot of boxing fans because they would be expected to pay to see the Cotto-Canelo fight on pay-per-view. The days of Canelo fighting on regular Showtime cable are over with now, as his fight with fringe contender Alfredo Angulo on March 8th is scheduled for Showtime PPV.
Cotto and Sergio have a long ways to go before their fight is negotiated, and there’s still a possibility that the two sides won’t be able to agree on the purse split for the fight. Cotto, the better known fighter and the bigger draw, naturally wants to get the bigger slice of the PPV pie, but Sergio isn’t willing to just take a small piece given that he’s been seen as the best middleweight in the division for the past couple of years before the emergence of Gennady Golovkin.