By Rick Reeno
In the coming weeks, former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30KOs) is planning to meet with his team to discuss several possibilities for a fall return. On May 5th at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Cotto lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0, 26KOs) in a very competitive junior middleweight fight.
The fight generated big business on HBO pay-per-view, with 1.5 million buys and $94 million dollars in revenue.
This past weekend, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, who works closely with Mayweather, told BoxingScene.com that his office received a significant amount of feedback from numerous fans who want to see a rematch.
"Based on the number of emails that I've received, there is a lot of people who wouldn't mind seeing a rematch [with Cotto]. The fact is, Cotto not only put forward a tremendous performance, but he also gave Floyd maybe the toughest fight of his life. Like Floyd said, it was the toughest opponent that he ever fought. Making a few adjustments, who knows, maybe Miguel might be able to pull it off. I hear more and more support for a potential rematch between those two. Who wouldn't want to see that? You know going into that day its going to be a terrific fight. And, there will be blood. That might be the name of the event - 'there will be blood,'" Schaefer told BoxingScene.com.
Gaby Peñagarícano, the adviser to Cotto, told BoxingScene that a rematch would be the second biggest fight possibility for Mayweather.
"We haven't even sat down yet to discuss future plans. The only thing that Miguel has made clear is that he would like to fight, once more, before the end of the year. We will probably sit down soon, but my personal opinion is that a rematch would be a huge fight as well. The first fight produced a very competitive and entertaining fight. I don't see why a rematch would any different. I think it would do big, big business as well," Peñagarícano told BoxingScene.com.
"My personal opinion - it was a much closer fight [than the scorecards]. I saw the replay this weekend, and I stand by what I said - that I saw a much closer fight. I saw many competitive rounds. All of them were competitive actually and I saw Miguel winning a bunch of them. A rematch is the biggest pay-per-view fight out there, unquestionably, other than a fight with Mayweather and Pacquiao."
Another big fight possibility for Cotto is a rematch with Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38KOs), provided the Filipino superstar defeats Timothy Bradley on June 9th in Las Vegas.
"That would be a huge fight. I do not see a bigger fight for Pacquiao, other than a Mayweather fight obviously. I do not see a bigger fight for Manny other than Miguel Cotto," Peñagarícano said.
Pacquiao stopped Cotto in the twelfth round of a welterweight title fight in November 2009. That fight took place at a catch-weight of 145-pounds. Earlier this year, the two sides explored the possibility of a rematch. Their negotiations fell apart when Pacquiao refused to fight at 150-pounds and above. Based on what happened in their earlier negotiations, Peñagarícano doesn't expect Cotto to change his position. Peñagarícano believes the fight would play out a lot different at junior middleweight.
"We haven't discussed anything. But [based on] what happened in January, I think that would be the case. It's something that we would discuss in the future and obviously it would be different than the first fight," Peñagarícano said.