Miguel Cotto was hoping to face Canelo or GGG winner on December 2Written by Joseph Herron
On Saturday, December 2, Home Box Office will be showcasing four division world champion and future first-ballot Hall of Famer Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs) in what is being advertised as the final fight of his 17 year professional boxing career.
Although most interested fight fans were hoping to see the Puerto Rican favorite pitted against another marquee name at 154 pounds, the soon to be 37 year old fight legend will be facing NYC native and customary Welterweight combatant Sadam Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) at the world renowned Madison Square Garden for Cotto's WBO Junior Middleweight strap.
Despite attempts to lure WBC Lightweight champion Mikey Garcia and IBF Welterweight titlist Errol Spence Jr. into the December timeslot, Cotto and head trainer Freddie Roach ultimately wanted to face the winner of the September 16 clash between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez for his last stint in the squared circle.
Unfortunately for the dynamic duo and every die-hard boxing fan, the highly anticipated event ended in a split draw.
"He really wanted to fight the winner so bad," stated Golden Boy President Eric Gomez to AB Boxing News. "But it ended up in a draw, and he understands it. He's a veteran. He understands the way things go, and he basically said that he was fighting on December 2nd, and that would be his last fight. He wanted it at the Garden, and that's what he wanted."
"So we had to move on in a different direction."
While the 17 year professional fighter seems to have his mind made up concerning retirement after the December bout, his Hall of Fame trainer believes his man can still compete at a very high level and would have preferred to see Miguel go out with a bang.
"I never told Miguel that he should continue fighting," Freddie Roach recently stated to "Behind the Gloves" online. "I always respected his decision to spend more time with his family. But he has a great work ethic and can still beat a bunch of guys at the top level if he wanted to stay in the sport."
"I would have liked to see him go out with a win against Canelo in a rematch or Golovkin. But going out with a win either way will be big for us."
Will Miguel Angel Cotto adhere to his current plan and retire from boxing immediately following his December 2 bout against Sadam Ali, or will he stick around a little while longer to face the eventual winner of the projected May 2018 rematch between Canelo and GGG?
If Junito looks impressive and scores a decisive knock-out victory over his hungry, young opponent, you may see Cotto back in 2018...but future plans in boxing always hinge on a fighter's most recent performance.
Fight fans will be curious to see how Miguel Cotto fares against Golden Boy prospect Sadam Ali in less than two months.