Miguel Cotto came as close as any fighter has to ending Floyd Mayweather's undefeated streak at the MGM Arena last Saturday, and boxing would be smart to have him go against the up-and-coming Saul Alvarez.
The Mexico-native came out and delivered perhaps the final nail in the coffin of veteran Shane Mosley's career Saturday, winning in impressive fashion in his big first fight on U.S. soil.
Cotto may not have won against Mayweather, but then again, nobody has. And with Money May about to spend some time in jail, boxing is in need of a big fight not involving the controversial 34-year-old from Michigan.
Alvarez versus Cotto would be the perfect solution to boxing's problem, putting one of the sport's rising stars in 21-year-old Alvarez against Cotto in the prime of his career.
While the age and speed-factors certainly came into play in his fight against Mosley, Alvarez dominated one of boxing's bigger names in recent memory and there's no taking that away from him.
The defeated Mosley talked with ESPN.com after the fight, where the 40-year-old boxer gave high praise to his opponent:
"He can go a long ways. When the kids start to beat you, you might need to start going to promoting. I didn't expect him to be that fast or that good.He's up there with the top guys. Mayweather is fast, Cotto, all those guys I fought. He's up there with them."
Mosley has been in this game a long time and when he says a fighter is "one of the top guys" he's stepped in the ring with, that carries weight.
Cotto and Alvarez would sell plenty of tickets and pay-per-view orders. They both have an entertaining fighting style, both know how to command the ring and it would be a huge opportunity for Alvarez, so I don't see him turning down the idea if it's tossed out there.
Cotto needs to rebound from his loss to Money May and while Alvarez isn't a softball-type of fighter for him to get his confidence back, a victory over the young gun would have the boxing world buzzing about Cotto once again.
It would be the perfect way for the veteran to bounce back after an impressive showing in a losing effort, while the younger Alvarez would have yet another opportunity to prove he's destined for great things in the sport of boxing.