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Reynoso: Canelo-Cotto rematch will be on Canelo’s terms

Canelo Alvarez Miguel CottoBy Dan Ambrose: Eddy Reynoso, the manager for WBC middleweight champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (46-1-1, 32 KOs), says that if Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) is going to be getting a rematch, then it’s going to be on Canelo’s terms this time around. Canelo needs an opponent for his May 7th fight on HBO pay-per-view, and he needs someone with a big enough name to attract fans into purchasing the card.

A rematch against Cotto would be ideal for that date. However, Cotto could fight on June 4th, and in order for him to get a rematch with Canelo, he would need to agree to fighting on May 7th. Canelo plans to fight in Las Vegas, Nevada at the new Arena.

“After the first fight, Saul became number one, and if a rematch is given, or for anyone who wants to fight with Saul, it must be on his terms,” Reynoso said to ESPN Deportes. “In the first fight (with Cotto), there were some things we did not like but we agreed. We were focused on training. If there’s a rematch, I think now it will be easier because it has always interested us to fight the best and not for things that have no meaning that spoiled the negotiations before, “said Reynoso.

It’s not likely that Cotto is going to be ready to bend over for Canelo in order for him to get a rematch. Cotto isn’t that type of person. If Canelo and his manager Reynoso wants a rematch with Cotto to help them get a viable name for their next fight date on HBO PPV on 5/7, then it’s likely going to take at least a 50-50 split of the purse to get Cotto to agree to the fight.

If Team Canelo chooses to play hardball with the negotiations with Cotto, then they are going to be stuck fighting someone else on May 7th; someone like Gabriel Rosado, Willie Monroe Jr. or Vanes Martirosyan. Those are the names that have been floated as potential opponents for Canelo, and none of them has the name to fight in a PPV fight against Canelo. If Golden Boy Promotions selects one of those fighters for Canelo, then they will be guaranteeing a low PPV fight.

“If the fight takes place, I do not get to bet two houses as Freddie Roach told us; I bet four that Saul knocks out Cotto, but let’s see. I do not know if he is going to fight him. We are here to fight anyone as long as they are aligned,” Reynoso said.

It sounds like Reynoso is interested in matching Canelo with Cotto again. I’m not surprised. Canelo needs a name for his fight on HBO PPV, and the names that they’re looking at right now won’t bring in many PPV buys, if any. I’d be surprised if HBO even gave Canelo the green light if he chooses someone like Rosado, Monroe or Martirosyan.

If Canelo wants a PPV worthy opponent, then he needs to risk his hide by electing to fight Gennady Golovkin or Jermall Charlo. In other words, and opponent that there would be a good chance that he would lose the fight.

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