WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto has a date of December 13 held for his first defense of the title, advisor Gaby Penagaricano has revealed to WBN this weekend.
Cotto, 33, is mulling over his next move after his impressive victory over Sergio Martinez in June and has a blank canvas to work with as venues in New York and Las Vegas are in the frame – along with several opponents.
“We have the date on hold with venue and network just in case, but Miguel has not made a final decision as to when he is going to fight next,” Pengaricano told World Boxing News.
“We should be meeting internally regarding the topic soon to finalize what will happen next.”
Gennady Golovkin has overshadowed Cotto’s stunning stoppage of Martinez is many eyes following his crushing knockout of Daniel Geale recently and promoter Tom Loeffler told WBN that Cotto is the number one choice for the hard-hitting Kazakh next.
Asked whether Cotto would be interested in facing WBA and IBO title holder ‘GGG’ in a three-belt unification in December, Pengaricano did not rule it out – which will be music to the ears of those fans who are clambering for the contest to take place.
“At this point in time all options are on the table for Miguel,” said Pengaricano in direct reference to the question of Cotto-Golovkin, which would once and for all settle the argument of the best 160lber in the world.
Cotto himself has already stated the following: “I have no favorite opponent option. We have several, and we will take the best. We’re willing to listen all proposals…to sit down and negotiate. We will clinch an agreement and enjoy a great fight. Seeing how Freddie Roach has worked, the efforts he had made to improve my career, it’s something that motivates me to be the best. Freddie is a key factor in the choice of next opponent. We are confident that we will offer a great show,” on his return to action.
Loeffler also confirmed to WBN that Golovkin would consider a catchweight of 159lbs for any clash with Cotto, a stipulation that was made for the Puerto Rican’s last bout and middleweight debut opposite Martinez.
Without a unification, Cotto has to consider a mandatory contest with interim champion Marco Antonio Rubio or risk losing his title and the Mexican has already informed WBN this week that he has lawyers on the case to make sure he gets his shot.
Cotto facing one of the other title holders may be the only way to avoid Rubio, although there is also the option of dropping back down to 154lbs and beginning negotiations with Canelo Alvarez for a non-title mega-fight.
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