Source: Miguel Cotto will likely wait until fall to fight on HBO PPV
Miguel Cotto’s much-talked-about return will likely wait until the fall as the current pool of opponents isn’t a good fit for an HBO Pay-Per-View event this summer, a source with knowledge of Cotto’s intentions told RingTV.com on Friday.
The news comes on the heels of Roc Nation Sports’ decision to withdraw a hold on Barclays Center for June 18, which was rumored to be the setting for Cotto’s comeback fight. Cotto lost a decision to Canelo Alvarez last November for the RING and WBC middleweight titles and has not fought since amid constant speculation on who he will choose to come back against.
“Based on the opponents that were available, it just didn’t make sense to rush this event through,” the source said. “It makes more sense to wait for the fall when there might be more opponents available.”
The source didn’t want to discuss Cotto’s plans any further. But an option for Cotto that would certainly meet the requirements of an HBO PPV may be Alvarez, who defends his titles against Amir Khan on May 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
If Alvarez wins on May 7 and elects not to fight his mandatory, Gennady Golovkin, later this year, a rematch with Cotto might be an attractive option. Golden Boy and Alvarez have been coy about their intentions after the bout with Khan. Other possible opponents for Cotto might include Juan Manual Marquez or Tim Bradley.
But the current batch that was discussed for the June 18 bout with Cotto – among them James Kirkland and Diego Chaves — apparently didn’t fit the criteria.