Arum Wants Cotto-Sergio Next, Says Canelo a Free Agent

by David P. Greisman

Bob Arum of Top Rank spoke with BoxingScene’s David Greisman on Oct. 4 in Orlando, the day before the fight between Miguel Cotto and Delvin Rodriguez. While the fighters always say they’re not looking past their current opponent, what do you want to do with Miguel Cotto should he come out victorious against Delvin Rodriguez?

Arum: “Well, I think the best fight for him would be, if at 154 or something like that, against Sergio Martinez.” At 154? Or at middleweight? Either?

Arum: “Or at a catch-weight.” Why that?

Arum: “That would give Miguel the opportunity to win yet another world title.” And how do you think he fares against Sergio Martinez?

Arum: “I think he has a good shot. I think Sergio’s gone back a little, and I think Miguel is really terrific. And I think now that he’s with Freddie [Roach], you’ll see how good he really is.” How concerned had you been about Cotto after seeing his performances against Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout?

Arum: “I thought he did very well against Mayweather. The problem with the performances with Mayweather and Trout is his conditioning was wrong. He faded down the stretch. And I think with Freddie, he’ll be able to fight 12 real, straight-ahead, active rounds.” Is Cotto signed with you, or just working with you for this fight?

Arum: “Well, it’s a combination.” I ask because I know there was talk after Canelo Alvarez’s loss to Mayweather about him potentially facing Miguel Cotto. Would that be possible given Cotto’s relationship with you and your non-relationship with Golden Boy?

Arum: “What does Golden Boy have to do with it? Canelo’s contract is over with Golden Boy.” [BoxingScene has a response from Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer here.] How interested would you be in that fight instead of a Martinez fight?

Arum: “Well, I think Canelo would probably want another fight before he fought somebody like Cotto. So I think down the road that could be a big fight.” And you don’t anticipate Canelo re-signing with Golden Boy before then?

Arum: “Again, I have never talked to Canelo in my life. So what he does or doesn’t do is up to him. But right now, he’s a free agent.”

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by boxingfan10 on 10-06-2013

[QUOTE=BIGPOPPAPUMP;13808806]Bob Arum of Top Rank spoke with BoxingScene’s David Greisman on Oct. 4 in Orlando, the day before the fight between Miguel Cotto and Delvin Rodriguez. While the fighters always say they’re not looking past their current opponent, what…

Comment by jri9d0 on 10-05-2013

[QUOTE=Fetta;13808829]I like cotto but he is only a name now. "154 or MW" Arum: or catchweight.[/QUOTE] A very sad truth to an ugly reality. I like cotto to, but let's call a spade a spade he's past it and is…

Comment by GOD-FR33 on 10-05-2013

[B][FONT="Century Gothic"][SIZE="3"][COLOR="Blue"]You are disrespecting Cotto a bit too much here. Last time I checked, Martinez isn't a hall of famer and Cotto is. Smh. Has Cotto EVER been stretched out? Exactly. Martinez is finished and damaged goods at this point.…

Comment by MDPopescu on 10-05-2013

Arum wants Cotto-Canelo as co-feature on a Zhou Shiming card, in Macau.

Comment by TheGoldenBoy on 10-05-2013

Arum is a delusional old fart. He says Canelo is a free agent, which Canelo, himself, said was false. Meanwhile, Cotto is the one who really is a free agent. Arum forgot to take his memory pills. ****in' sad.

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