Canelo Alvarez will embark on what may be the most important fight of his career to date against Miguel Cotto. Granted, fighting Floyd Mayweather may have been the biggest fight, but he was not expected to win.
A loss to the best fighter on the pound-for-pound lists doesn’t damage you. A loss to Miguel Cotto may be significant. Canelo is almost a 3-1 favorite to beat Miguel Cotto. Cotto is a future Hall of Famer who has been rejuvenated in his last fights. But a loss to a budding pay-per-view-star in the epic rivalry between Mexico and Puerto Rico would surely damage the course Canelo is trying to get, being the biggest draw in the sport when Mayweather retires.
Canelo at least says he is expecting a fight from the Puerto Rican fighter.
“He, Cotto is living one of his greatest moments. I have seen him in his last fights. I see him very sharp which is why I say he is in his greatest moment. Under Freddie Roach, all Roach can do is give him a better strategy and tips. That’s all he can do. ” Canelo said to the press. “He is a great fighter and done a lot in this sport. To beat a fighter like Cotto it will be huge for my career and legacy.”
Canelo knows the importance of this fight between a Mexican and a Puerto Rican, especially because in world title fights, Puerto Rico owns the advantage against Mexican fighters 54-47.
“This is another fight that will go down in the history books between Mexico and Puerto Rico. I am happy to be part of this historic rivalry for us Mexicans. It’s an honor to be representing my country in this fight,” Canelo said.
“The most famous one has been Salvador Sanchez vs. Wilfredo Gomez. There has been many others. Oscar De La Hoya vs. Tito Trinidad, Chavez-Camacho, they are all special fights and have their place in history.”