Many options for Cotto after Martinez demolition
Puerto Rican superstar Miguel Cotto has many options after his sensational performance against Argentine boxer Sergio Martinez last Saturday in New York, which saw him claim the WBC middleweight title.
Cotto floored Martinez thrice in the first round alone, using brutal combinations to punish the Argentine. He registered another knockdown in the ninth round, and Martinez did not answer the bell for the 10th round.
After the bout, Golden Boy Promotions president Oscar De La Hoya said he would love to see Cotto fight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, should the Mexican prodigy emerge victorious in his own fight against Erislandy Lara on July 12.
"I would love to work with Cotto Promotions on a possible Canelo-Cotto fight," De La Hoya said in a RingTV interview.
"Cotto looked sensational at a higher weight class. He looked like a relentless attacking machine," he added.
Meanwhile, Cotto’s trainer, Freddie Roach, talked about a potential fight between the Puerto Rican and WBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin, a hard-hitting brawler with a 29-0 record.
"I hear a lot of good things about Golovkin," said Roach in a Boxing Scene report. "I hear he's a great puncher. I hear he’s a great fighter, but you know I've never seen him fight and I'm a fight fan."
"What was his last fight on UHF or something like that? Come on, I think we can hang with a guy like that," Roach added.
"I hear he's good. I know HBO is interested in him, and they signed him to a multi-fight deal, so he must be impressing somebody. But again, I have never seen him fight so I can’t give you a real good answer."
Also possible is a rematch against unbeaten American superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., who defeated Cotto when they fought in May 2012.
But Top Rank Promotions chief executive Bob Arum doubts Mayweather will be so eager to fight this version of Cotto.
"You got an AK?" Arum said with a laugh, according to Boxing Scene."I'll hold it up to Floyd and say, 'Will you fight Cotto again?'"
"Are you crazy? He (Mayweather) is afraid to fight Manny (Pacquiao). You think he’d fight Cotto?" Arum added.
As for a rematch against Pacquiao, who beat Cotto when they fought in November 2009, Roach has already said that he doubts the two fighters will ever face off again, given that they now share a trainer and are on friendly terms.
"Manny and Miguel will never fight," Roach told RingTV in a September 2013 interview. "I guarantee you that. Manny and Miguel are very good friends now."
Moreover, Roach pointed out that Cotto and Pacquiao fight at different weight classes, with the Filipino campaign at welterweight – and planning to drop to light-welterweight – while Cotto has grown comfortable at the middleweight class.
"Miguel's a 154-pounder and Manny's a 147-pounder. They're friends now. Once Manny becomes a friend with somebody, he'll never fight them. That's just the way that he is," Roach said at the time. "That's why I can guarantee you that they'll never fight."