By Miguel Rivera
Retired referee Joe Cortez, who now works as an expert analyst for numerous publications, touched on the trending topic of Juan Manuel Marquez potentially facing Miguel Cotto at a catch-weight.
In recent interviews, the trainers of the two fighters, who are both former four division world champions, said they were on board if the individual boxers were interested in pursuing the fight.
Freddie Roach, who trains Cotto, called Marquez the "perfect opponent" for his fighter's planned return in the next few months. Marquez's trainer Nacho Beristain likes the fight as well, due to styles.
Cortez views the match as being very dangerous for the Mexican veteran. He feels Cotto will be too big and too strong for Marquez, who never fought higher than the welterweight limit of 147-pounds and physically is more of a lightweight/junior welterweight. Cotto has fought as high as middleweight and is physically more of a junior middleweight.
"I think that Juan Manuel Marquez is a very experienced fighter and has a good punch. However, I think he's too small to face Miguel Cotto, who is a solid veteran at 154 pounds. He is too strong for Marquez, although we know that the Marquez can give him a good fight. But the punch of Cotto is too strong for him. Marquez's age [of 42] does not help either. However, it's a good fight for the fans. The Mexican is a warrior and knows that beating Cotto would be one of the best boxing victories of his career," Cortez told El Vocero.
Cotto, 35 and holds a record of 40-5 and 33 knockouts, has one more fight with promoter Roc Nation.
Marquez has been away from the ring for nearly two years due to a knee injury. He has a record of 56-7-1 and 40 knockouts and has yet to announce his retirement from the sport.