The Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas will be rocking on November 21st, and we aren’t talking about the Latin Grammies taking place that same week. We are referring to Miguel Cotto and Canelo Alvarez as they face off in what many believe has the potential to be fight of the year. As with any big fight, there has been a ton of promotion in the form of pressers, interviews and television programs. While these provide opportunities to delve into themes, storylines and goings on of the fight, there are underpinnings, which have not been addressed, and if so, only marginally. Guess we can’t blame them. The job of a promotion company or network is to sell a fight. Not willingly wade into the weaknesses of the participants or the event. Hence the reason for seven unspoken truths about Cotto vs. Canelo.
This Needs to Be What MayPac Was Supposed to Be
Boxing fans and insiders both believe this has fight of the year potential. Why? In Canelo you have a fighter whose preferred style is to brawl first, but can box if forced to. In Cotto, you have the opposite, a boxer first, but who has been known to willingly brawl if need be. Promoters themselves are trumpeting this as the bout you wanted to see in MayPac. However, you have to believe this is more than just promotion. This fight actually needs to be what MayPac was not. Because another snoozer will alienate the common fan, which boxing needs to remain relevant to the mainstream.