Record (W-L-D): 39-0-1
The most likely candidate to be Miguel Cotto’s next opponent is Saul Alvarez. There is a lot of pressure on Alvarez to fight a legit boxer and a bout with Cotto would quell these demands. Alvarez has taken fights that he knows he can win and that wouldn’t be the case with Cotto.
Alvarez is a very similar fighter to Cotto. He actually looks like a more powerful version of Cotto in his youth. Athletically, Alvarez stacks up nicely against Cotto. He is a more impressive physical specimen than Cotto.
What Alvarez desperately lacks is experience against prime opposition and this to me gives Cotto the advantage. Cotto, once a stalking aggressor, has transformed his game into more of a boxer/puncher. Cotto’s boxing IQ is off the charts. His knowledge of boxing strategy is far more impressive than Alvarez’s.
If these two meet, which I think they will, I would give Cotto the edge. Alvarez is a good fighter, but he isn’t ready for a veteran of Cotto’s skill level. He needs a few more challenging fights before he is ready for the war that Cotto has in store for him.
Regardless if he’s ready or not, Alvarez’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, is looking to make a big-money fight for Canelo. The rumors of a fight between Alvarez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. sounds nice, but the fact that they are in different weight classes spells trouble for the reality of this matchup.
Look for a fight between Alvarez and Cotto to be announced sometime within the next four months.