By Steve Kim
Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) has made some noise on social media regarding his interest in facing WBO junior middleweight titlist, Miguel Cotto.
Cotto had been hoping to face the winner of last week's middleweight bout between Gennady Golovkin and Canelo Alvarez. Because that bout went to a draw, they are more interested in a rematch - possibly in May of 2018 - which rules both out for Cotto this year.
Garcia has been calling for bouts with several fighters, like Jorge Linares and Vasyl Lomachenko, but they are both scheduled for upcoming title defenses. Linares defends this Saturday against Luke Campbell and probably won't be ready for a fight in December, while Lomachenko is facing Guillermo Rigondeaux in December.
Currently, both Cotto and Garcia are looking for a dance partner in the fall.
"I would love that fight," said Cotto's trainer, Freddie Roach, to BoxingScene.com. "I don't know what weight class he wants us to get down to, yet. But we'll see, we're definitely interested."
Garcia, is currently the WBC 135-pound belt-holder, and on July 29th defeated Adrien Broner in a junior welterweight contest.
But Roach says he insists that potential pairing takes place at 154-pounds.
"I'm not going to make my fighter suffer to make weight, be in a bad mood, not smiling, not being happy with t hat he does," he explained to BoxingScene from the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California.
"When Miguel was making 140 he was always miserable. He's a much better fighter at '54 and '60 and that's where I'm going to keep him."
According to Garcia, he would not rule out the possibility of jumping up all the way to junior middleweight for Cotto.
Cotto, who defeated Yoshihiro Kamegai in his last bout, has made it clear that 2017 will be his last in professional boxing.
"I do believe him," said Roach.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.