September 15, 2015 Louisville, KY (Analyzed Sports)
Canelo vs. Cotto: The True Fight of the Year
The fight of the century; Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather was the most hyped fight of all time. Mayweather vs. Pacquiao would’ve been the highest grossing fight back in 2009, but disagreements between the two camps on terms for the fight prevented the bout until 2015. After pay-per-view buys went through the roof and billions of dollars flowed through Vegas, the fight instead ended up as one of the bigger disappointments in boxing history in many fans point of view.
So how did Floyd respond for potentially his last fight? The answer was an underwhelming opponent in the eyes of the boxing community in Andre Berto. What followed was backlash from most fans leading to trouble for Showtime and pay-per-view buys. Showtime has a lot to deal with because tickets went unsold sold and there seemed to be a universal lack of interest in the Floyd Mayweather vs. Andre Berto fight. Floyd beat Berto in the usually “Money May” way.
The problems that plagued the Floyd vs. Berto fight as far as pay-per-views and overall appeal will not be the case on Nov 21st. Miguel Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) puts his middleweight championship on the line when he squares off against Canelo Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KOs) at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Some consider the Alvarez to be the better boxer, with him the early favorite, in what will be the second biggest fight of the year. Cotto has been guaranteed a purse around $10 million. Cotto will make even more, depending upon sponsorships and pay per view sales. Alvarez’s potential earnings for the bout will be roughly $6.5 million not including incentives. (source: ESPN Deportes.)
In his last fight Cotto beat Daniel Geale in a catch weight bout to retain his title and that made the way for this huge Puerto Rico vs. Mexico match. Canelo is the prize fighter of Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions. The young star has taken on the big fight mentality of his mentor. Canelo at the age of 25 has captured 3 titles (2 world titles) and beat some big names in the sport of boxing. Canelo turned professional at age 15. He has reached boxing superstardom and a win against a future hall of famer can position himself to become the next boxing megastar
Alvarez has signed contract extension with Golden Boy Promotions, “I am loyal. It’s part of my character and that’s why I am extending my contract with Golden Boy Promotions,” Alvarez said. “Golden Boy Promotions knows how to build a fighter and elevate him to a world stage as they have done with me and continue to do with many others. I look forward to working with Golden Boy throughout my career.”
“Canelo Alvarez is no longer the future of the boxing, he is the present. With a win on Nov. 21 against Miguel Cotto, he will solidify his status as the best in the business,” Oscar De La Hoya said. “It has been a privilege to promote him during his meteoric rise, and we now look forward to many more highlights in a career already filled with many of them.”
When it comes to the in ring skill this will be a hard hitting boxing match. Cotto is aggressive and dangerous when he does engage. He strikes fast in the early rounds of fights. He’s not the most active guy in the ring, but smartly uses his aggression in bursts of combination punches. He’s a ring general and a veteran who’s been in some of the biggest fights of the last decade. But let’s not sleep on Canelo. His one glaring weakness is that he has a reputation for being flat footed. He prefers to work on the inside and box his way into favorable positions from the outside. Canelo has a good hook to the body that he uses to open his man up for shots to the head.
This seems that this will not be a boxing match but more a fight. It’s the old tale of the young lion rising up against the pack leader. This matchup is sure to top the previous “Fight of the Year” in regards to in ring interaction. November 21st could lead us down the road to a mega fight with the winner taking on knockout artist Gennady “GGG” Golovkin who is seeking the one huge fight to prove he’s the real deal.
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