Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn, who manages the career of stars like Carl Froch and James DeGale, feels that a unification fight between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) and WBA 160 pound champ Gennady Golovkin (30-0, 27 KOs) would be a match-up that would attract a tremendous about of excitement and interest from boxing fans due to the popularity of both fighters. However, Hearn believes that Golovkin would ultimately beat Cotto if that fight were to get made.
Hearn doesn’t go into the reasons for this opinion, but you have to see it as a situation where Golovkin’s huge power, superior size and technical skills would be too much for the 33-year-old Cotto. Golovkin hits with major power, and none of his last 17 opponents have made it the distance with him. Getting to the finish line, even in defeat, is a major accomplishment for any of Golovkin’s opposition and the last guy to go the distance with him was in 2008 when Amar Amari lasted the full 8 round distance.
“GGG v Cotto – Huge fight, huge event, huge numbers, but only one winner! #GGG,” said Hearn on his Twitter.
As good as this fight is, we may not see it for a while, if at all, and due to Cotto being very careful about the guys he faces at this point in his career. He’s got his trainer Freddie Roach checking out all of his potential opponents, and he’s not a someone that likes to have his fighters taking risky fights that they’re likely to lose. Roach has been this way as the trainer for Manny Pacquiao, as he always been quite vocal about the types of opponents that he felt were good for him.
When Pacquiao had a chance to fight Floyd Mayweather Jr in 2009, Roach talked tough and seemed to some boxing fans to be not excited about the fight despite the huge money that it would have made for all those involved. Ultimately, Pacquiao went off into a different direction to face the safer choice in Joshua Clottey.
Roach was at Golovkin’s fight against Daniel Geale last Saturday night to scout Golovkin first hand. Roach will use the knowledge that he gained from watching that fight to help make a decision on who Cotto should fight next in December. There are several names – Julio Cesar Chavez Jr, Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Golovkin – that Roach has mentioned are in the running for that fight. But, Cotto’s promoter Bob Arum is also very interested in matching him up against welterweight Tim Bradley, because he feels that this would be a good fight for Cotto.
Roach might agree to a fight against Bradley because it’s a doable fight due to both guys being with Top Rank, and it being a safer fight than putting Cotto in with Chavez Jr or Golovkin. Canelo isn’t going to fight Cotto in December, because that’s a fight that will likely be made next year on Cinco de Mayo in May.