Given Miguel Cotto's impressive performance against Floyd Mayweather on May 5, Juan Manuel Lopez couldn't be any happier with his countryman right now. And he hopes to see more of Cotto in the near future.
Lopez is currently serving a 10 month suspension for harshly criticizing referee Roberto Ramirez Sr. after his March 10 loss to Orlando Salido, him a "gambler" among other things during an interview that probably should have never happened. Like many boxing fans, Lopez enjoyed the show Mayweather and Cotto put on at the MGM Grand. And he thinks a matchup between Cotto and undefeated Saul "Canelo" Alvarez could be just as entertaining.
"Cotto does not have to lower his head," Lopez said in a recent interview. "He was fighting against the best fighter in the world and looked good. I think Cotto should take a few months off and then I think [he should take] a fight with Canelo. That would be a good option for him."
Miguel Cotto exceeded all expectations against Mayweather, giving the sports' pound-for-pound king his toughest test in years. With his performance against Mayweather, it's pretty clear Cotto still has a lot of fights left in his tank and I'm sure his fans will show up in droves to support him in his next fight.
A Cotto vs. Alvarez bout certainly makes a lot of sense, considering the fact the folks at Golden Boy Promotions don't have any plans to match him up against Mayweather anytime soon - rightfully so considering the fact he showed a few holes in his game in his last fight against Shane Mosley.
Cotto might actually be a bit too seasoned for Alvarez at the moment, but it will give the Mexican sensation a chance to prove once and for all that he belongs with the big boys. It should be a very competitive fight, and it just might help revive the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico rivalry. Marketing wise, it certainly is an easy sell, with a potential to put up pretty solid pay-per-view numbers.
Jhonny Gonzalez, "Juanma: Miguel Cotto Should Rest, Then Fight Canelo"
David is a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and boxing practitioner who has watched and studied MMA for the past 9 years. Send him your questions @davidkingwriter.