Cotto vs Canelo: Fernando Vargas chimes inWritten by Joshua Broom
Ahead of the November 21st HBO Pay-Per-View (ppv) mega-fight between lineal World Middleweight champion Miguel Cotto 34, (40-4 33 KO) of Puerto Rico and Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, 25 (45-1-1 32 KO), former 154 lb titilist Fernando Vargas offers hos prediction of the showdown.
Vargas, of course, was on the losing end of a thrilling, heated "Mexico vs Puerto Rico" battle himself in 2000 when he faced hall of fame member Felix "Tito" Trinidad in the very same arena Cotto vs Canelo will happen this fall.
Fernando recently discussed the legacy of his historic fight with Trinidad, his respect for the fighting cultures of both Mexico and Puerto Rico and how Cotto vs Canelo stacks up against his encounter with the Boricua great.
"It will be a great fight between two great fighters who are very proud, one being Puerto Rican and the other being Mexican," Vargas told El Vocero.
"Two beautiful cultures, two cultures with a lot of love to their people. It will be a great fight and I will be very happy to be able to watch it."
"It will be a very tough fight, but it's going to be difficult to beat my fight with Tito."
"It will be a big fight. It will be a clash of styles, which are similar to that of myself and Tito. [The fights are similar because]"Tito had a lot more experience and he won many championships."
"And Canelo, because he is the young man, as I was but has demonstrated that he can hold his own."
"It will be a great fight. A big fight for Puerto Rico and Mexico."
Vargas, now 37, last fought in November of 2007 when the former two-time 154 lb titilist dropped a close 12 round decision to former lineal Welterweight champion Ricardo Mayorga in his final bout which ended his thrilling career at (26-5 22 KO).
Vargas defeated the surging Yori Boy Campas in December of 1998 to win the IBF 154 lb championship of the world and would go on to defend his title successfully five times before eventually losing it to Felix "Tito" Trinidad in their epic December 2000 unification war.