By Miguel Rivera
Former four division world champion Miguel Cotto is looking to face the biggest name possible when he ends his career, before the year is out.
The first order of business is a ring return later this month, when Cotto takes on Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title at the StubHub Center in Los Angeles, California. The fight takes place on August 26th as an HBO televised main event.
Cotto has been out of the ring since November 2015, when he suffered a twelve round decision loss to Saul "Canelo" Alvarez in Las Vegas.
The Puerto Rican, who has a record of 40-5 and 33KO's, is looking to have one more fight before the year is out - and then he will end his career.
If all goes well, Cotto could return on the date of December 2. It's being reported that Golden Boy Promotions, who have a deal with Cotto, have reserved that date at Madison Square Garden in New York - which is regarded as Cotto's second home.
"The moment (of my retirement) is coming. It will be on December 31, 2017. After that date there will be no more fights," Cotto said to Carlos Narvaez. "Right now we are working with Oscar de la Hoya and Golden Boy Promotions. They know the way they have to work in boxing."
"I want to finish my career in the best possible way. It's what drives me and moves me. I do not know how to tell you - but as a common scenario in my career, we will always choose the best name."
"From me, [the fans] can expect a Miguel Cotto that will rise [to the ring] with emotion. A Miguel who still has some passion and has continued in this sport to give a better example to his family. I'm a father of four (children) and I'm still here to prove to each of them that we have to fight for what we want."