By Ed Baylor: Of all the possible fights that are out there on the horizon, the match-up between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) far surpasses the other potential fights.
Now that the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao has passed into the dust bin of boxing history, there aren’t a lot of potentially huge fights that can compare to it. But as of right now the Cotto vs. Canelo fight comes closest.
In a poll conducted by Ring Magazine, the Cotto-Canelo wiped out the competition in coming in at No.1 for the top fight that fans want to see right now. With 8,854 fans responding to the poll, Cotto vs. Canelo came out on top with 58.84 percent.
The next highest was a fight that will likely never happen between Carl Froch and Gennady Golovkin, which pulled in 23 percent, followed by Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Amir Khan at only 7.15 percent. The last two were Wladimir Klitschko vs. Tyson Fury at 5.87 percent and Kell Brook vs. Khan at 5.14 percent.
It’s actually kind of disappointing that so few fans want to see Mayweather-Khan, Klitschko-Fury, Brook-Khan and Froch-Golovkin, because those would be excellent fights if they were to happen. It kind of shows you how bleak things are in terms of big fights once the Cotto-Canelo fight takes place. About the only thing they can do is schedule a rematch between the two so that they can take advantage of the huge interest in their match-up, as long their fight in November is considered a competitive one, which remains in doubt.
Canelo, 24, has done a good job of rebuilding his career following a one-sided 12 round unanimous decision loss to Mayweather in September of 2013. Canelo has since won his last three bouts against Alfredo Angulo, Erislandy Lara and James Kirkland. Granted, only Lara has kind of talent, but at least Canelo was able to beat him, because it was considered a toss-up fight going in.
Cotto has also turned his career around with three straight wins over weak opposition in beating Daniel Geale, Sergio Martinez and Delvin Rodriguez. Cotto has proven that he can beat B level opposition with his last three fights. Now the question is can he beat an A-level guy like Canelo.
Khan is still waiting to see if he gets picked out for Mayweather’s fight on September 12th. Khan has heavy competition in Karim Mayfield and Andre Berto, and it remains to be seen whether Mayweather will want to deal with a tricky fighter like Khan when he has the option of picking out an easy opponent for his September 12th fight. It doesn’t make a whole lot of sense for Mayweather to pick Khan when he has some beatable guys he can fight.