4. The Austin Trout Factor
This go-around feels eerily similar to when Miguel Cotto faced Austin Trout in 2013. The fight was considered a preliminary step before a mega-bout with Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Many thought Cotto would easily defeat Trout. Yet, Cotto ended up losing a decision, which not only de-railed the Alvarez bout but almost Cotto’s career. This fight matters because Cotto can’t afford a Trout repeat. The result could spell the end of his career, at least as an A-Side attraction.
5. Canelo is Next & Triple G is Stalking
Without a doubt, the most important thing about this bout is should Cotto win; a mega-fight with Canelo Alvarez is next. Cotto has gone on record in the press stating that there is a verbal agreement for the Canelo fight – the biggest indicator to date. If it were to happen it would be later this year and another Puerto Rico v. Mexico showdown. Finally, there looms Genady “Triple G” Golovkin. Triple G is considered the best middleweight out there and has been publicly clamoring for Cotto. Cotto’s camp has been tepid at best about a Triple G bout. Many suspect it would be too much risk, not enough reward at this point. Yet, stranger things have happened.