The date of Aug. 26 will forever go down as the day and history for the sport of boxing.
On this day, the world was witness to one of the biggest sporting events in history as former pound-for-pound boxing king Floyd Mayweather came out of retirement to stop UFC superstar Conor MacGregor in the 10th round of their pay per view fight inside of the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather vs. McGregor was a fight that, despite its obvious one-sided nature, captured the boxing world’s attention so heavily that some people overlooked other matches taking place around that same time. Also on that date, four-division would champion Miguel Cotto ended a 21-month layoff and returned to the ring on HBO’s airwaves against Yoshihiro Kamegai.
In an action-packed yet somewhat one-sided fight, Cotto out landed and outclassed Kamegai over twelve rounds, winning by scores of 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110. Now training under the tutelage of multiple-time Trainer-of-the-Year Freddie Roach, Cotto still has plenty left in his tank at 36 years of age.
Cotto (41-5, 33 KO’s) has fought a who’s who of fighters in the boxing world, including Floyd Mayweather, Canelo Alvarez, Ricardo Mayorga, Zab Judah, Antonio Margarito, Manny Pacquiao, Shane Mosley, and several others, and he has always fought valiantly, even in defeat.
For example, Cotto has suffered losses to Margarito, Pacquiao, Mayweather, Austin Trout, and most recently Alvarez, and in each contest, he had his share of moments despite coming up short. Pacquiao has been the only man to stop Cotto, as he halted him in the 12th round of their showdown inside of the MGM Grand in November of 2009.
But, soon to be 37 years old in October, what is left for Cotto?
The Puerto Rican star has stated that this will be his last year in boxing and that he is looking to have his last bout sometime in December.
Roach would love to see his father take on the winner of the September 16 Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin super fight In Las Vegas, yet that doesn’t seem feasible given the fact that the winner of the bow when I have such little time for a turnaround fight in December.
Alvarez vs. Golovkin takes place on HBO pay per view, from the T-Mobile Arena, and it figures to be a taxing, brutal fight for both fighters regardless of who scores the victory. To imagine either being fresh enough to return to training for a proper training camp just weeks later seems a bit of a stretch, especially considering how much money ‘Canelo’ and ‘GGG’ will be pocketing.
There’s also the option of former IBF middleweight champion David Lemieux who has called for a fight with Cotto, but at this point In Miguel’s career that matchup, against a bigger guy, seems a little too much of a high risk and low reward.
Cotto has won titles at 140, 147, 154, and 160 pounds, yet he still appears in many ways be a natural welterweight in size.
Former three-time welterweight champion Antonio Margarito is interested in a third fight with Cotto, yet that scenario might not be interesting to Miguel. Margarito faces off with tough veteran Carson Jones tomorrow night in Mexico, but it’s unlikely that Cotto will be looking at him as a possible foe.