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Miguel Cotto Potentially on His Way Back To HBO?

By Rick Reeno

BoxingScene.com has heard circulating rumors in the industry regarding the possibility of former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30KOs) making his return to HBO.

For nearly his entire career, Cotto was promoted by Top Rank. After his promotional agreement ran out at the end of 2011, he elected to become a free agent. In 2012, Golden Boy Promotions co-promoted both of his fights, against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Austin Trout. The fight against Trout, on December 1, was televised on Showtime.
A few weeks ago, it appeared that Cotto was being lined up to face former champion Cornelius "K9" Bundrage, on a tentative date of September 28th at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Sources with knowledge of the situation have advised BoxingScene that Showtime rejected K9 Bundrage as Cotto's return opponent. There is now growing speculation that Cotto might return to HBO, at least for his next fight, and that maneuver might even rekindle a working relationship between Cotto and Top Rank.

A source with direct knowledge of the ongoing situation spoke with BoxingScene on the condition of anonymity.

"Miguel's decision, regarding which network is going to televise his next fight, has nothing to do with K9 Bundrage. There are plenty of possible opponents for Miguel Cotto. I can tell you one thing for sure, regardless of which direction he takes - Miguel Cotto will 100% remain a free agent and will not be contractually bound to any promoter or any network," the source told BoxingScene.com.

Cotto's decision to remain a free agent is a smart one. Regardless of the outcome on September 14th, Saul Alvarez vs. Miguel Cotto would still be a big fight - especially if Cotto looks impressive in his next outing. Because of the competitive nature of last May's decision loss, Cotto would also remain in the mix to have a rematch with Mayweather in the future.

Both Canelo and Mayweather fight exclusively on Showtime. If Cotto returns to HBO, he would obviously put himself in a position where the door to fight Canelo or Mayweather is still wide open.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by LeG00N on 07-05-2013

[QUOTE=Snake...;13529560]Cotto won 3 rounds vs Floyd lol wtf are you babbling about[/QUOTE] 3? Did you watch the fight? he won 1...and that's arguable. Not to mention he almost got stopped in the 12th, I do give him credit he made…

Comment by STREET CLEANER on 07-05-2013

[QUOTE=budfr;13531931]I agree that Cotto won 3-4 rounds vs Mayweather and hurt Floyd but Canelo defeats Cotto. Cotto is afraid of Canelo.[/QUOTE] What de-railed the Cotto/Canelo bout was Trout. The only reason Canelo wanted to fight Cotto cause he is perceived…

Comment by borikua on 07-05-2013

Cotto is fighting Molina. Looks to be a doubleheader with Klist-Povetnik.

Comment by El Angel on 07-05-2013

[QUOTE=budfr;13531931]I agree that Cotto won 3-4 rounds vs Mayweather and hurt Floyd but Canelo defeats Cotto. Cotto is afraid of Canelo.[/QUOTE] Cotto fought a prime Margarito. He's not afraid of anyone.

Comment by budfr on 07-05-2013

[QUOTE=El Angel;13530439]3 rounds? :lol1: He won more than 3. I'd love to see Canelo win three rounds against Floyd. 120- 108 or 119-109 across the board with one judge giving him a pity round.[/QUOTE] I agree that Cotto won 3-4…

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