A fight years in the making has finally come to fruition, as it was announced today that lineal middleweight champ Miguel Cotto will fight Mexico’s wunderkind Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in a high-stakes bout. #CottoCanelo will take place at Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay on November 21 and will be broadcast by HBO on PPV. Given all the anticipation surrounding it, Cotto’s and Canelo’s offensive-mindedness, the Mexico vs Puerto Rico angle, and the fact that it involves the two most popular fighters from their respective countries at the moment, we can expect the buzz to only keep building from now until fight night.
As much was revealed in our twitter feed; once the announcement broke, the avalanche of feedback came right behind it. Most of it was positive, as fans have easily identified this as the can’t miss pay-per-view of the second half of the year. Perhaps some of this is just relief at seeing Miguel Cotto has finally agreed to face a live opponent after draining Daniel Geale for his lone defense of the middleweight title he grabbed from Sergio Martinez last year. But truth be told, given Canelo’s and Cotto’s fighting styles and the fact their rabid fanbases badly want to see them beat on each other, nothing short than a Fight of the Year candidate is expected in November.
Perhaps the party that benefited most from the news was Golden Boy Promotions, headed by the Golden Boy himself, Oscar De La Hoya, since a string of recent fight announcements have garnered it tremendous goodwill amongst fans. On top of the Gennady Golovkin vs David Lemieux middleweight tilt announced a couple of weeks ago (whose winner may end up facing the victor of Cotto vs Canelo), GBP also disclosed a few days ago that Lucas Matthysse will face Victor Postol in what is expected to be a thrilling duel between hard punchers. This wave of appealing matches may have crested with Cotto vs Canelo, which promises intrigue, drama, and a good amount of violence. It will be a clash the whole boxing world will be watching with excitement and anticipation; no one can say the same about #MayweatherBerto.
The kind of matchmaking boxing needs to flourish: Mares-Santa Cruz, GGG-Lemieux, Chocolatito-Viloria, Cotto-Canelo. We're on a roll!
— Nigel Collins (@NigelBoxing) August 13, 2015
Ah hell yeah, Canelo v Jose Cotto 2!!! Fans getting the fights they want.
— COLE (@Evilcolenevil) August 13, 2015
HBO loses Mayweather, loses Haymon fighters, stares down free PBC and puts on the two best PPV fights of the year.
— 🇩🇪🔴⚪️KPM⚪️🔴🇩🇪 (@KPMWrites) August 13, 2015
#CaneloCotto is official & it's gonna kick some fucking ass!
— T-Bone (@IronFist1982) August 13, 2015
— Douglass Fischer (@dougiefischer) August 13, 2015
The Puerto Rican/Mexican slander will be epic. Just miss me with it.
— Scott Hale (@Halestormsports) August 13, 2015
— liljon214 (@Liljonhernandez) August 13, 2015
And they wrote off Golden Boy promotions…… pic.twitter.com/4Sh3wrLBLi
— Laceupboxing (@Laceupboxing) August 13, 2015
Glad to see Canelo and Cotto agreed to the color of the canvas
— 🐧🐧🐧🐧🐧 swept #L (@412TJ) August 13, 2015
— Michael Woods (@Woodsy1069) August 13, 2015
Cotto-Canelo fight week > May-Pac fight week. More real fight fans, fewer private jets.
— Eric Raskin + (@EricRaskin) August 13, 2015
Hopefully Manny's shoulder never heals and this is FMM's last fight before coming back due to Tax debt; let Canelo and GGG take the reins.
— Boxing Embassy (@BoxingEmbassy) August 13, 2015
Fuck yes. I don't know what else to say about Cotto-Canelo.
— The Boxing Advocate (@boxingadvocate) August 13, 2015