The highly anticipated middleweight world title fight between Mexican superstar Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and World Boxing Council middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico may happen on November 21 at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
Sources from both camps confirmed that the deal is still under negotiation as they are still ironing out two unspecified small issues.
According to ESPN, both fighters were offered several options before they agreed to have it in Mandalay. One was in Madison Square Garden in New York for November 21 but Alvarez reportedly hesitated because of the big tax liability he may have faced if the match pushed through in New York compared to Las Vegas which does not have state tax.
Another choice could have been at the MGM Grand for November 7. However, the report added that HBO prefered to air the pay-per-view on the 21st but the Grand Garden Arena is already reserved for another event. On the 7th, there may be a possible Game 7 of the World Series and the match may compete with CBS network as they cover Alabama-SLU’s college football game.
Moreover, the sanctioning body for the upcoming bout has contracted that both boxers should meet number one WBC challenger Gennady Golovkin for their next fight.
Cotto (40-4, 33 KO) has snatched the title from Sergio Martinez in June 2014 under the coaching of Freddie Roach. He also defeated Daniel Geale recently. While Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO) has fought off welterweight number two Erislandy Lara and made the arguably best knockout of the year against James Kirkland.
Talking to Boxing Scene, veteran boxer Bernard Hopkins, who is also part of Golden Boy Promotions who promote Canelo, hopes that their guy would bring home the belt, “I think this fight will be a close fight, obviously I’m biased. I believe he will win but it will be a hard fight. It will test Canelo, whether he’s that legitimate next star in boxing. This will be the fight I think that he’ll get a chance to show that he’s not just a come forward guy,” he said.