The pair were recently in negotiations to fight on June 6, although talks broke down and Canelo went on to demolish James Kirkland last weekend instead. Cotto himself faces Daniel Geale on June 6, after which, De La Hoya hopes to open more discussions regarding a possible bout in the fall.
“We will be looking very closely at Miguel’s June 6th fight, to see how looks, and how he fares. We want to give fans great fights. If there’s an opening for a fight with Cotto, of course, Canelo will definitely accept it.”
Canelo, 24 and 34 year-old Cotto would almost certainly be fought at a catchweight in the region of 155lbs, but could still have the WBC middleweight belt on the line to make things even more mouth-watering.
Outside of a Mayweather v Pacquiao rematch, there aren’t many options that could generate half as much interest, although Cotto v Canelo for the green and gold belt would certainly be placed in the second tier of clashes.
The winner would then be in line to meet current 160lb king Gennady Golovkin in a summer 2016 blockbuster for all the marbles at the weight. Plus, if Floyd Mayweather retires after his September clash and the completion of his Showtime contract, the eventual victor out of the Cotto/Canelo/Golovkin triangle would certainly have claims to being pound for pound number one in the world.