Does Cotto’s loss to Trout really change anything?
If you really sit back and think about what occurred at MSG last night, I don’t believe Austin Trout’s stock went up as much as we think nor did Miguel Cotto’s go down as much as some experts would lead you to believe. It is just as unlikely today as it was yesterday that Saul “Canelo” Alvarez or Floyd Mayweather Junior are going to be lining up to fight Austin Trout anytime soon and the fact is that Miguel Cotto is still the more high profile and profitable fighter for Alvarez and Golden Boy which is why there is a greater than 50/50 chance that the fight will still get made despite last night’s result.
The fact is that Miguel Cotto took a big risk fighting a true junior middleweight that no other fighter of his caliber would have risked fighting and pressed the action against an opponent in Trout who looked almost as big as Julio Cesar Chavez Jr by the time the bell rang. Austin Trout is to be commended for handling himself well in such a hostile environment against a P4P great but I would hesitate to judge Miguel Cotto’s demise based on last nights performance against a fighter who’s style and size should make you question Cotto’s brain trust for putting the fight together in the first place more than Cotto’s ability to still perform at the top level.
So while Trout will celebrate this victory, I see him in the same predicament as Tim Bradley, unable to find a top flight opponent who finds him worth the risk for such little financial reward while the man he defeated has another big payday or two still in his future most likely in May. Like it or not this is the business of boxing. By the way I was at the fight and had it a draw.