Cotto v Canelo, Golovkin, Mayweather, Khan, Brook: The WBC title conundrum

Phil Jay 08/06/2015

Miguel Cotto’s explosive win over Daniel Geale sparked interest in a clash with Canelo Alvarez even further (if that’s possible) over the weekend as the two 154lb super-powers head towards a massive pay-per-view bonanza in the fall.

Geale proved little opposition to Cotto, which may have still been the case without the 157lb weight limitations on the Australian, and fans can now look forward to the another huge contest between two of the best fighters on the planet.

The question of whether the WBC middleweight championship will be up for grabs has now come to the forefront as four-weight world title holder Cotto is due to defend his green belt against mandatory challenger wrecking ball Gennady Golovkin.

At the moment, Cotto v Canelo is heading towards being made at 155lbs and with the 160lbs version on the line. But that could all hinge on whether current two-weight champion Floyd Mayweather decides to relinquish his belts at 154lbs. Mayweather holds the WBC and WBA titles at super welterweight, but it is thought the pound for pound king is ready to give up his status at the higher weight and concentrate solely on being undisputed at welterweight.

Mayweather is in the midst of fighting to keep the WBO belt he took from Manny Pacquiao, despite the WBO previously informing WBN that ‘Money’ had no intention of being recognised as WBO champion going into the contest. The American has instructed lawyers to force the WBO’s hand and reinstate him as their champion, even after previously announcing his intention to give up all of the belts in his possession.

A July 3 deadline will tell all if Mayweather confirms to the WBO that he intends to defend the title, which would then see the world number one holding three of the four belts at 147lbs. The only other belt then needed by Mayweather for the complete set is that of Briton Kell Brook – who has successfully beaten off two challenger’s to his IBF championship recently.

Rumours that Mayweather is to open talks with Amir Khan have been doing the rounds, but that does not mean that Brook is not still in the running as Mayweather would need the red belt to complete any goal to be the absolute undisputed ruler at what is his ideal weight class. Aiming to hold all the belts at 147 would in turn render Mayweather’s reign at 154 somewhat meaningless and could free up the WBC belt for Cotto and Canelo to dispute if they ditch the 155lb catchweight that’s currently in the offing.

Cotto v Canelo for the super welterweight belt then has a knock on effect and would free up the middleweight title for Golovkin to meet the winner of the stipulated final eliminator between one and two-ranked Jorge Heiland and Tureano Johnson.

Once again Mayweather holds the key to what happens next, but we could know a lot more about how the situation plays out over the next couple of weeks.