By Miguel Rivera
Former four division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) still believes that he was robbed in November 2015, when he found himself on the losing end of a twelve round unanimous decision to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez (48-1, 34 KOs).
Some felt the fight was much closer than the scorecards indicated, but Canelo was a runaway winner with the official judges - with scores of 118-110, 119-109, and 117-111.
Cotto will return for the first time since that loss on February 25, when he takes on James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KO) on February 25 at the Ford Center at The Star in Frisco, Texas.
Cotto's position is fully supported by his trainer, Hall of Fame coach Freddie Roach.
"I thought we won the last fight. Canelo is a good fighter. He was a lot bigger than my guy was. I think he was like 180-pounds, but I thought my guy won. I was surprised with the scores. I hope we get that fight, because I think Cotto can beat him," Roach said.
According to Cotto, a lot of people saw Canelo losing that fight and they must have a rematch to set the record straight.
"I'm here for the best fights and the best fighters out there, so if Canelo Alvarez wants to fight to erase what happened in November of 2015 - they know where to find me," said Cotto.
If a rematch takes place, it would have to take place in 2017, as Cotto plans to retire by year's end. He wants to close out his career in style - starting with Kirkland.
"It's going to be a great fight, we're going to work hard for Kirkland. I trust [Roach] and I know I'll be ready by February 25. Right now, I only have the fight of February 25 on my mind," Cotto said.
Kirkland believes he can upset the applecart.
"Boxing always provides a platform to learn and I learned a lot from the fight with Canelo, I learned a lot from my losses. I am anxious and grateful for the opportunity," he concluded.