Miguel Cotto had the dominant stoppage he needed Saturday night. The Amway Center in Orlando Florida sounded like New York City’s Madison Square Garden, the venue where Cotto has had so much success. Delvin Rodriquez was a third round victim and left no doubt that the Cotto left hook is just as dominant.
Now the question is: Where does Cotto go from here? This was the dominant win he needed with Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach. The left was dominant, the speed and power resembled the fighter who became a three-division champion.
This was the same fighter who lost his last two title encounters with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout. The skeptics became believers again and once again Cotto is back in business.
Those at ringside said, “It was like watching the old Miguel Cotto.” Now, there is momentum and Cotto can sustain that with every reason to believe he has a lot of fight left. The question is, who? Is Cotto capable of becoming the pay-per-view commodity that had him establishing records in his heyday?
Those at Top Rank, Cotto’s original promoter, believe he still has that capability of bringing more to the table. Cotto goes beyond the Latino boxing audience. He has appealed to the boxing fan and goes about his business in and out of the ring. The first major boxing show at the Away Center was a successful venture of Cotto Promotions and with Top Rank.
The opportunity to co-promote with Bob Arum and Top Rank was all business. It was the right thing to do, and afterwards there was a strong possibility that Arum and Cotto will do more together. This is loyalty, something that Cotto said prior to stepping in the ring with Rodriguez, and those at Top Rank have tremendous respect for Cotto.
It was a marriage that was never broken, very different from the Top Rank divorces with Mayweather and Oscar De La Hoya. Cotto wanted to go on his own, tried two fights with Golden Boy. That was a brief marriage, Cotto learned and loyalty led him back to Arum.
All business of course, and there is no doubting that Arum and Cotto make a great team. The prevailing opinion, is, where does Cotto go from here to sustain this momentum?
With talk that Cotto was on the decline and would have one or two fights left, Rodriquez, a journeyman after a title, became the perfect opponent. Though not in the class with Mayweather, maybe not even with Trout, Cotto was dominant and it may not have mattered who was in the ring with him Saturday night.
It was vintage Cotto, and one has to wonder would Mayweather look at Cotto as one of four opponents left in his six fight mega deal with Showtime? Rule that out, as we all know Mayweather has his sights elsewhere, and if Arum is working with Cotto, and with Mayweather aligned with Golden Boy, there is no chance with Arum and Golden Boy at war.
So, Cotto could look at moving up to middleweight, something he can handle. Cotto has always trained, even when he was at 147, to lose the weight and feels more comfortable at 154 or above.
The immediate names, Canelo Alvarez or middleweight king Sergio Martinez are possible for Cotto. Though, Alvarez is with Golden Boy and that would end all the discussion. Sources have said, Alvarez is not comfortable with Golden Boy, and as much as Alvarez has said otherwise, this is boxing and anything is possible.
At this juncture, if agreed to proper terms, Martinez and Cotto would be interesting and could become a pay-per-view matchup. Arum, Cotto, and Lou DiBiella, promoter of Martinez, are not adverse at working together.
Forget about another fight with Manny Pacquiao. Roach, who trains both fighters, said that will never happen.
A Top Rank source said, “Arum is looking at Madison Square Garden for another Cotto fight.” Of course, the major and successful venue for Cotto has always been the Garden and New York City. Arum and Cotto want to return there soon. Martinez, or even Alvarez makes it that more interesting and has pay-per-view written all over it.
Cotto returned Saturday night and sent his message on HBO, a fight for the fans they did not have to pay for. But he is known more for his pay-per-view marketability and next to Mayweather, very successful at that. So, after some doubts, Miguel Cotto is back in business.
And the momentum right now leads to the answer: The fight is not over. Miguel Cotto is back in business.
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