Former three-division world champion, Miguel Cotto is almost ready to return to the ring and his team is currently looking for the right opponent to face for a tentative December date.
Here are five fights that would not only be good match-ups for the Puerto Rican star, but would also give fight fans some quality action:
"Canelo" Alvarez would be the perfect opponent for Cotto at this stage of his career. Not only is Alvarez a defending WBC world junior middleweight champ with a massive Mexican and Mexican-American fan base, but the 22-year-old is also beatable. While talented and ahead of the curve for such a young star, Alvarez is by no means a finished product and it's not hard to imagine a well-seasoned pro like Cotto doing very well against him.
"K9" Bundrage brings an IBF junior middleweight title to a potential Cotto clash and also some marginal name recognition. Bundrage is also an infinitely beatable world champ who, at 39 years of age, only relies on brute strength and won't likely have the skill to beat Cotto in a one-on-one boxing match.
Hassan N'Dam N'Jikam
If Miguel Cotto wants a world title in a fourth weight class, the only middleweight option would be interim WBO middleweight titlist, N'Jikam. The French resident from Cameroon has a paper-thin resume and a pedestrian skill-set that would make him a fairly soft touch. A legacy-building title grab against N'Jikam, however, would have to be a "one and done" proposition because Cotto would struggle mightily as a middleweight.
No world title would be at stake, but a case could be made that the winner of Cotto-Molina would be a true "People's Champ." With a controversial loss to James Kirkland on his resume and a nearly-as-controversial draw with Erislandy Lara, Molina has become a fan-favorite underdog and an unlikely top contender in the jam-packed junior middleweight division. Two honest, earnest fighters like Molina and Cotto would surely produce a classic battle.
If Cotto is looking for a fan-friendly bout against a fellow blue collar battler, the rising Rosado would definitely fit the bill. Not skilled enough to beat Cotto, Rosado would go down swinging and, in the process, likely produce a quality brawl for as long as things lasted.
Paul Magno was a licensed official in the state of Michoacan, Mexico and a close follower of the sport for more than thirty years. His work can also be found on Fox Sports and The Boxing Tribune. In the past, Paul has done work for Inside Fights, The Queensberry Rules and Eastside Boxing.
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