By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes
There is still a possibility that we might get to see the Mexico vs. Puerto Rico grudge match between WBC 154-pound champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez and former three-division beltholder Miguel Cotto, according to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer.
Golden Boy was planning to stage the fight on May 4th - but the match took a serious hit on Saturday night when WBA "regular" champion Austin Trout secure a lopsided twelve round decision over Cotto at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Schaefer did not agree with the lopsided scores of 119-109, 117-111 and 117-111. He felt the fight was a lot closer. He says a fight between Canelo and Cotto is not exactly a dead issue, but he didn't specify if the mega-match could still move forward, as originally planned, for Cinco De Mayo weekend.
"It was an interesting fight. I think the scoring was a bit too wide....119-109 and 117-111...I think it was way too wide. Paulie Malignaggi, who scored it for Showtime, had it a draw at 114-114. We knew Austin Trout had a difficult style and he obviously caused Miguel quite some problems. But Miguel came to fight and had his moments, so I think definitely it was a much closer fight than the results showed," Schaefer said.
"The 154-pound division is a very deep division. I still think, depending on Miguel, we'll sit down with him and his team...there is still a possibility that you could see a Mguel-Canelo fight, if Trout is a possibility [for Canelo]. There are a lot of names at 154."