By Miguel Rivera
Former four division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33KOs) appeared on a morning radio program in Puerto Rico and said he was still very confident that he did enough to beat Saul "Canelo" Alvarez this past weekend at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
The scores were very wide in Canelo favor with the judges scoring it 119-109, 118-110 and 117-111.
"If you watch it 300 times, you'll see the same thing. Miguel Cotto won and defeated 'Canelo' Alvarez," Cotto said to the hosts.
Cotto feels that he made the right decision in refusing to pay a combined $1.1 million dollars to continue being recognized as the WBC middleweight champion. The WBC removed him from that position after disagreeing on sanctioning fee. The amount of $300,000 was going to the WBC and $800,000 was going to Gennady Golovkin as a step-aside fee to allow the Canelo bout to go forward.
"We are quiet and comfortable, and the 1.1 [is much better with me than in] the account of Gennady Golovkin and the WBC. This is simple. If I had chosen to do what the WBC wanted, I would have paid $1.1 million, but I preferred to stay with that million, one hundred thousand dollars. Miguel Cotto doesn't need the World Boxing Council and the World Boxing Council does not need Miguel Cotto," Cotto said.
As far his contract, Cotto has one fight remaining in his three fight deal with Roc Nation Sports. Canelo was the second fight of that deal. He plans to return in the third fight in mid-2016. The three fight deal is reportedly worth around $50 million dollars.
"I'm going to rest and rest a little bit more until the middle of next year. If I have another fight, it wouldn't be until the middle of next year. We have an agreement with Roc Nation that we plan to [satisfy]," said Cotto.