Miguel Cotto vs Gennady Golovkin: Will Junito face GGG to end his career?Written by Joseph Herron
Four months into 2017, boxing fans are still left wondering whether or not four division world champion Miguel Cotto will grace the professional ring once again and take on one of the perceived stalwarts of 154 or 160 pounds to close out his illustrious 17 year career.
The Puerto Rican puncher was originally scheduled to face James Kirkland on February 25 in Texas, but the event was ultimately cancelled due to an injury suffered by his opponent.
Although nothing is set in stone, Cotto is rumored to face customary Welterweight clubber Yoshihiro Kamegai on June 24th.
Despite having nothing left to prove in his future Hall of Fame career, most fight fans are curious as to how the 36 year old boxer/puncher will choose to close out his career. Will he choose to take the path of least resistance and engage in a mere victory lap for his die-hard fans?
If head trainer Freddie Roach has his druthers, Miguel will go out in style...win or lose.
"I hear guys like Triple G are out there looking for a fight, and I don't think he looked that good in his last fight," stated the Hall of Fame boxing coach. "I think he got exposed a little bit."
"I would love to see that fight. That would be our last fight together, because he told me this would be his last year competing in the ring. He's been boxing a long time, I think like seventeen years now, and he wants to spend more time with his family. I think it would be great for us, and I would love that fight."
Miguel Cotto versus Gennady Golovkin? Would this be a wise move for Team Cotto? Is Freddie merely considering the payday and not the risk involved?
According to the prolific Hall of Fame trainer, he genuinely believes his man can best the most feared Middleweight on the planet.
"I think he's (Golovkin) been gradually slowing down as he's getting older," Freddie Roach stated to FightHub TV. "He's my friend and he's a good guy, and he's also a good puncher, but I think I have the better boxer. I think we can beat him like we beat Canelo."
Wait a minute...did Miguel Cotto defeat Canelo Alvarez when they squared off in November of 2015?
According to the three judges at ringside, Canelo won a twelve round unanimous decision with scores of 118-110, 119-109, and 117-111.
Freddie doesn't agree with the official verdict.
"I still say we beat Canelo, and I still say Canelo owes us a fight. But he won't fight us."
"C'mon, Canelo...come to the table."
Although Freddie indeed loves a challenge, as well as the payday that comes with the big assignments, will Miguel Cotto elect to face the perceived best in boxing? Will he take on Gennady Golovkin or Canelo Alvarez to close out his illustrious career?
Time will reveal all this year.