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Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather gave a great show with many exciting exchanges during their heavily anticipated megafight.
Miguel Cotto is important to Floyd Mayweather's next step in quite a few ways. First off, Cotto is challenging undefeated Austin Trout, a young American with a WBA regular title in the junior middleweight division.
Mayweather holds the WBA super belt in that division. Should Cotto defeat Trout, he'll likely become the mandatory opponent for Mayweather. Cotto has never lost in New York, where his title shot will come.
Trout has also never faced a fighter as elite as Cotto, so the shock will be hard to overcome once he's facing reality in the ring. Once Cotto wins the belt, Mayweather has two options.
He can try to fight Cotto in a rematch of their exciting May 5 blockbuster. May 4, 2013 is Cinco De Mayo weekend and would make for an excellent day to pocket another couple million.
His second option is to wait and allow Cotto to face Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, the most popular Mexican star in boxing right now.
Canelo is the WBC champ and he told his promoter Golden Boy that he wants either Mayweather, Cotto or Sergio Martinez next. If Cotto wins, Canelo vs. Cotto would make for a classic Mexico vs. Puerto Rico fight.
Titles would be unified and the most popular fighter from each country would fight with the pride of millions on their back.
The winner would become the most lucrative option for Mayweather to face next, likely in September of 2013—which is Mexican Independence Day weekend and a lucrative boxing holiday.