Former WBA super world light-middleweight champion, Miguel Cotto (37-3-0, 30 knockouts), reenergized his boxing career with his courageous performance against Floyd Mayweather (43-0-0, 26 knockouts) earlier in the year, and he doesn’t plan to hang up his gloves anytime soon.
“We have not thought about it [retirement],” Cotto said during an interview with Paul Maldonado. “I said I was retiring at 30 and here I am continuing, almost at 32 years…with a lot of energy. I’m eager to keep fighting, with renewed energy, as you saw in the last fight on May 5. … When I say I will [retire], I will, and I will not return, which is why I’m still in the game.”
Given how good Miguel Cotto looked during his fight against Mayweather, it’s hard to disagree with his comments. Miguel gave boxing’s pound-for-pound king his toughest test in quite some time, refusing to be intimidated by Floyd’s numerous accomplishments. His technique looked crisp during the bout, and it’s pretty clear the Cotto who faced Mayweather on May 5, is good enough to hold his own against the very best boxers on the planet.
Cotto is currently set to face undefeated Austin Trout (25-0-0, 14 knockouts) on Dec. 1; a fight that looks pretty even on paper. “Junito” is confident he’ll emerge victorious against Trout, and he’s looking forward to taking on even more challenging opponents in 2013.
Fighters like Sergio Martinez and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez have clearly stated their desire to face Cotto, so the 31 year-old shouldn’t have any problems finding an opponent. Alvarez seems like the most likely option for Cotto, but the Puerto Rican refuses to waste time thinking about his next move until he takes care of Trout in December.
“All of this will be viewed in 2013,” Cotto added. “We are focused on Austin Trout on December 1 in New York. After that, we will have the opportunity to sit down and talk about these things.”
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