By Miguel Rivera
Former four division world champion Miguel Cotto is in no rush to get back in the ring. The fighter is waiting to receive information regarding a good opponent for his next return.
Cotto was in the ring last November, when he lost a twelve round unanimous decision to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The HBO Pay-Per-View fight was the second most lucrative contest of the year with 900,000 purchases. The only fight that did higher on PPV was Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao.
The Puerto Rican superstar had a return date for June 18 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, but the absence of a top opponent created issues where he was forced to push the date back. It's reported that Cotto's June date was set for HBO Pay-Per-View, and his high guarantee of $15 million from Roc Nation Sports was a factor in waiting it out for a better pool of opponents.
Cotto says his next fight will take place at the junior middleweight limit of 154-pounds. The last fight with Canelo happened at a catch-weight of 155.
"I have no idea [who we're facing]. We are waiting secure a good name and a good purse for the fight. We are in no hurry at all. We are waiting for what is best for us," Cotto told El Vocero.
Cotto, 35 years old and record of 40-5 and 33KO's, has been linked to a fight with fellow former four division champion Juan Manul Marquez.
Marquez, who is turning 43 years old, suffered an injury to his left ankle during a recent training session in Mexico City and plans to return to the gym in a week or two. While Marquez claims that he might fight again in the fall, and wants Cotto as the opponent, he's been inactive for over two years - with his last fight taking place in May of 2014 against Mike Alvarado.