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Cotto interested in Mayweather and Canelo fights if he gets past Trout

By Dan Ambrose If Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 KO’s) can get past WBA World junior middleweight champion Austin Trout (25-0, 14 KO’s) on December 1st, then Cotto says he’d like to either get a rematch with Floyd Mayweather Jr. or face WBC junior middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a unification bout.

Cotto told Dan Rafael at ESPN “I’m here for the big names, for the real fights…I’m ready for anyone as long as it’s fair business. Mayweather, fine. Canelo? After this fight, we can sit with his promoter [Golden Boy Promotions] and we can figure something.”

The worst thing that Cotto can be doing right now is looking past the 27-year-old Trout, because not only is this guy younger than Cotto, but he’s also faster, and the better fighter in terms of technical skills. The only things that Cotto has going for him is experience and power. Those things will likely be cancelled out by Trout’s better skills.

Cotto’s experience is also a negative because his biggest fights against Antonio Margarito, Floyd Mayweather Jr., Shane Mosley, Zab Judah and Joshua Clottey were also fights in which Cotto took a lot of punishment. Taking punishment can wear a fighter down as you well know. Trout hasn’t taken any punishment during his seven-year pro career because he’s beaten everyone he’s faced with ease. Cotto will have to try and get to Trout early if he wants to win this fight because if he can’t get a knockout by the 8th, Trout is going to take over and likely get a stoppage. I can see Cotto being stopped on cuts or swollen eyes from Trout’s jabs.

In Trout’s last fight he easily defeated Delvin Rodriguez by a 12 round unanimous decision last June. It was a great fight by Trout in the way that he completely neutralized Rodriguez’s offense and gave him a real pounding.

The Cotto-Trout fight will take place atMadison Square Garden, in New York, New York.

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