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Cotto has his pick of big name opponents for next fight

Miguel CottoBy Allan Fox: Despite losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. last Saturday night and losing his WBA 154 pound title, Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s) remains hugely popular and very much in demand by other top fighters in the game. The loss to Mayweather, as close as it was, didn’t hurt Cotto one bit, as he has no shortage of top fighters interested in taking him on.

If Mayweather doesn’t choose to fight an immediate rematch against him, we could see Cotto facing one of the following fighters next: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Saul Alvarez or Sergio Martinez.

The fight against Chavez Jr. is the easiest to put together, because Chavez Jr. is promoted by Cotto’s former promoter Bob Arum, and he’s been wanting to put together a fight between the two of them. However, Chavez Jr. has a bout coming up next month against Andy Lee, and there’s no telling whether Chavez Jr. can get past that opponent.

Even if he does, Chavez Jr. is supposed to be fighting Sergio Martinez after that. This, of course, could change if Chavez Jr. decides to skip that dangerous fight and go with the slightly easier fight against the 31-year-old Cotto.

Martinezx would be a really dangerous fight for Cotto, because he’s not small for the weight like Mayweather, and he’s a much bigger puncher than Mayweather and Cotto himself. I can’t see Cotto saying yes to a fight against Martinez due to the danger involved. However, it would be a fight that would earn Cotto a ton of respect, win or lose, if he chooses to take it.

Canelo Alvarez is a great fight for Cotto, and Golden Boy Promoter Oscar De La Hoya already said that the 21-year-old Alvarez is ready for that fight.

According to the LA Times, Richard Schaefer, the CEO of Golden Boy, wants Alvarez to take on junior middleweight contender James Kirkland next. Kirkland is nursing a bad shoulder, so if the shoulder doesn’t heal in time for Alvarez’s next fight date on September 15th in a per-per-view bout to be televised by HBO, then Schaefer will look to put Alvarez in with Cotto. That’s obviously a fight that Cotto would jump at because Alvarez is totally inexperienced and it would a baptism by fire to have put in with a puncher like Cotto.

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