Canelo Alvarez (44-1-1, 31 KOs) is a young Mexican fighter who embodies the old school mentality approach of wanting to face the best fighters. At age 24 he has already gone through heavy fire by facing Floyd Mayweather Jr., Austin Trout, and Erislandy Lara. Now he aims to challenge himself once more against the 34 year old future hall of famer, Miguel Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs).
Given the fact Canelo is a young star in the sport of boxing with a promoter who is willing to grant him just about any request, Alvarez has found himself in an unfamiliar position regarding the negotiation process. Most fighters would not be hesitant in signing a contract to fight against Alvarez due to the revenue they can generate, but Cotto is remaining patient. Matter of fact, Cotto’s patience is rubbing Alvarez the wrong way.
According to RingTv.com, Alvarez has issued plenty of derogatory statements to the Spanish media in regards to the Cotto camp such as:
“If he doesn’t take the fight, he will pass down in history unlike anybody else if he were to duck a fighter who defeated his brother.”
“Miguel Cotto has to decide whether or not he wants to fight me. I’m not going to wait much longer. I’ll let him make his decision. Hopefully, his decision won’t hurt his country and all the fans that want this fight.”
“A Puerto Rican never ducked a Mexican fighter. Nor did a Mexican ever duck a Puerto Rican. This is a classic fight for the fans. I talked with my promoter, Oscar De La Hoya, and he confirmed to me that I’m fighting on May 2, 2015.”
Cotto being a long time veteran seems to be in a cool, calm, and collective state during this entire process. His team is reportedly weighing in all options. Perhaps they are interested to see if Mayweather-Pacquiao does in fact come into fruition for May 2nd thus giving them the incentive to fight near the Puerto Rican Day Parade in June instead. Maybe they are interested in a rematch with Mayweather if it presents itself. Cotto’s team wants to ensure that the best decision is made for their fighter in regards to revenue, location, date, and opposition along with other factors. A Cotto-Canelo bout seems inevitable, but Cotto’s team doesn’t appear to be ready to make any final decisions quite yet.