Canelo vs Golovkin winner: Why he won't fight Miguel Cotto in DecWritten by Leroy Cleveland
"Miguel Cotto wants to fight the winner of 'Canelo' (Saul Alvarez) vs (Gennady) Golovkin and after that fight we're going to sit down with Miguel and we're going to look at all the options," Eric Gomez, the president of Golden Boy Promotions, recently told BoxingScene.com.
If Cotto truly is hellbent on retiring December 31, 2017, don't look for him to face the winner of next weekend's superfight, Canelo vs Golovkin.
After such a big fight, neither guy would be willing to return just three months later to engage in another hard fight.
Can you remember the last time a fella won a superfight and then fought another in three month’s time?
Secondly, Team Canelo has an immediate rematch clause. If Golovkin wins and Alvarez exercises that option, neither fighter would be available to face Cotto under August, September or October of 2018.
At this moment, Cotto's best option for December is David Lemieux.
While there are other fine match-ups for Cotto, such as Erislandy Lara, there aren't many opponents who'll help generate the level of interest required to satisfy Cotto's purse expectations.
Other possible options for Cotto include:
Billy Joe Saunders
WBO Middleweight Title-holder
Should Saunders defeat Willie Monroe next weekend, a UK Cotto vs Saunders showdown would be a relatively hot item... But would if it be hot enough?
Unified Welterweight Champion
A catchweight bout with Thurman would be intriguing and would generate some mainstream interest.
Don't be surprised if Cotto decides to hang 'em up at year's end.
My prediction: Cotto vs Lemieux in December