By Victor Salazar
New York, NY - Multiple outlets have printed stories regarding a possible catch-weight fight between former four division world champions Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33KOs) and Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40KOs).
Cotto's trainer, Freddie Roac,h told BoxingScene.com that Marquez was a fight he would love to have for Cotto. Marquez has has expressed interest in the bout, but he wants it at the welterweight limit of 147 a rehydration clause for Cotto.
Cotto hasn’t fought at the welterweight limit since he lost to Manny Pacquiao in 2009. Marquez, now 42 going on 43, has not fought since May of 2014 when he defeated Mike Alvarado. The Mexican superstar has had knee issues, but says he would like to return to the squared circle.
The CEO of Top Rank Inc., Bob Arum, works closely with Marquez’ Mexican promoter, Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions.
Arum says the plan is to have Marquez return in the summer and then have a big fight to end the year.
“Marquez wants to fight in the summer in Mexico City,” stated Arum. “He says his knee is fine. If he comes through in that fight, we’ll match him in a real marquee fight. Maybe against a guy like Terence Crawford, assuming Crawford’s victorious.”
Arum says a fight between Cotto and Marquez makes no sense because of the size difference.
“Marquez is more of a junior welterweight. The idea of him fighting Cotto doesn’t make any sense, He’s too big.”
Assuming Crawford retains his WBO junior welterweight title on Saturday night against Hank Lundy, Arum would like the fight with Marquez to take place at 140.