The 24 years old Mexican professional boxer Canelo Alvarez and Miguel Cotto the 34 years old Puerto Rican professional boxer are likely to bring the Mexican – Puerto Rican rivalry in the rings in May 2015.
While sources close to the camps hope that the fight will really happen sometime in May, 2015, Freddie Roach, the Hall of Fame trainer believes that in spite of various difficulties in negotiations between the two camps and considering all probabilities, the bout is more likely to be there on HBO Pay-Per-View on the Mexican holiday weekend of Cinco de Mayo, and at any placeÂ among Â for San Antonio, Dallas, Las Vegas or New York.
Cotto, who has a winning record of 39 â€“ 4 with 31 knockouts was last appeared in June at the Madison Square Garden, New York and Alvarez the Â Mexican star having winning records of 44-1-1, and also Â with 31 Knockouts to his credit, Â will be fighting again after Â a split-decision victory in July last.
Cotto will be defending his first World Boxing Council middleweight title next year and Roach prefers Alvarez as the opponent before considering other possible opponents like Gennady Golovkin.
According to the briefing of the Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar De La Hoya to RingTV.com Canelo Alvarez, the junior middleweight has agreed to fight against RING middleweight champion Miguel Cotto in May 2015.
Alvarez is quoted to have said, â€œI am absolutely ready to test myself against Cotto, but I do not want to send any message. It will be a very special fight and that is what people waiting to watch.”
According to the RingTV.com, Top Rank President Todd duBoef and Cottoâ€™s legal adviser, Gaby Penagaricano are engaged in the preliminary talks and Top Rank CEO Bob Arum is also involved in the talks for breaking the impasse so that the bout can be held on May2, Next year.
Cottoâ€™ s camp have Â declined Â to reveal their Â specificÂ demands Â but Â informed that Â that they conveyed to the opponent camp what they deserve in terms of fight money and revenue. Cotto was reported to have said “No conditions were put on Canelo. I let them know what, I believe, I am worthy of and earned the right to do so throughout the boxing career. Now the balls lie in the opponentâ€™s court and they are to decide what they want to do.”
Sources confirmed that the negotiations were in progress at its own pace. As the process is a delicate and cumbersome one, it would take a take little time which could not be avoided.
Asked about the specific place of the blockbuster fight, sources close to the negotiators said that both Las Vegas and Texas are in consideration and New York is also not excluded from the list of probable venues. It is still open as to where the fight actually will be and once there is consensus on the major points the venue will be finalized easily.
The Cotto-Alvarez fight is expected to be a giant event creating great sensation due to the age long pugilistic rivalry between Puerto and Rico Mexico coming in reality once again.