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Miguel Cotto looked better than he has in years in dispatching the rugged Delvin Rodriguez.
Miguel Cotto is in a rare and enviable position in boxing.
He's one of the few fighters to have good relationships with basically everybody. He can work with HBO or Showtime and Golden Boy Promotions or Top Rank, and that means that all options are available to him.
Earlier this year, he put in his best performance in quite some time, blasting the overmatched Delvin Rodriguez with the the type of power and aggression that were hallmarks of his elite years.
Soon after the fight, the Puerto Rican legend saw his cup runneth over with huge offers for big fights from every direction.
According to Dan Rafael of ESPN.com, Cotto turned down an eight-figure offer from Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer to fight Saul "Canelo" Alvarez on pay-per-view early in 2014. He is instead locked in serious negotiations to face WBC middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in June in or around New York City.
For Cotto, a victory would secure him a world championship in a fourth weight division. That would make him the first Puerto Rican fighter to accomplish the feat, and it would provide icing on the cake of an already legendary career.
And he just might be getting Martinez at the perfect time. The lineal middleweight champion has suffered serious, year-ending injuries in his last two fights. What's more, he's been sent to the canvas in each of his last three fights and looked thoroughly unimpressive in narrowly defeating the nondescript Martin Murray last April.
It might be that at age 38—he'll be 39 by the time the proposed Cotto fight comes off—Martinez is just on the decline. He was a late-bloomer in the sport, and unfortunately for him, his run at the top could be coming to an end.
Picking Cotto in this fight is a tad bold, but that's why this list features bold predictions. He'll be fighting for history and at home. Add that to Martinez's recent injury history, and you have the makings of an upset.
Look for Cotto to snatch up a bit of history this year by defeating Martinez for the legitimate middleweight crown.