WATCH: Where Does Miguel Cotto Rank Canelo As His Toughest Opponent? (Video)

October 9, 2015

-OpeningRound Staff

WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) is a longtime veteran of the sport, and has faced the two greatest fighters of our generation in Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. So it’s curious to wonder where Cotto ranks his next opponent, former WBA/WBC 154lb champion Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs), as one of his tougher opponents. They fight next month on November 21st on HBO pay-per-view from the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Cotto sat down with Michelle Beattle on HBO’s “The Fight Game” and spoke on the matter. See what he had to say below.

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Cotto-Canelo is the highest anticipated fight of the year besides Mayweather-Pacquiao. Except the only difference is this one will almost certainly live up to the hype. It will be as if two trains are colliding, and will surely add another chapter to the epic Mexico-Puerto Rico rivalry which never disappoints.

Cotto, 35, has had somewhat of a rebirth under trainer Freddie Roach. Roach, who started training Cotto in 2013, has overseen 3 straight Cotto wins, all by knockout. Canelo, however, will surely be Cotto’s stiffest test since his rebirth. Canelo is 10 years Cotto’s junior, is naturally bigger than Cotto, and has considerably less wear and tear on his body. Cotto has been through hell and back in some of the wars that he’s been in, and Canelo, really hasn’t been in any. His only defeat was to Floyd Mayweather in September 2013, and although he was easily outboxed and frankly embarassed, didn’t receive much physical abuse. Although Cotto is downplaying the toughness of Canelo as an opponent, Canelo is currently favored, and Cotto should be wary of the beast he’s about to get into the ring with on November 21st.

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