As the fight between Yoshihiro Kamegai and Miguel ended at the StubHub Center in Carson, California, Cotto said that he’s going to retire at the end of December but to have at least one fight before it.
His trainer Freddie Roach wants him to face the victor of the Canelo-GGG fight but that doesn’t mean his going to fight at the end of the year. Roach doesn’t want to fight the loser of the fight, which is known to be Golden Boy Promotion’s star Canelo. A fight with Canelo would make more money.
David Lemieux is another name of Cotto’s prospect to fight with as he mentioned as a possible opponent for him. Lemieux is signed with Golden Boy, and they make it the same as what they did to Canelo on his PPV fights. He is too dangerous for Cotto from their size differences. The only to make it possible to make the catch-weight 155 or 156. Lemieux is too powerful for Cotto who is small and have only the height of 5’7” Cotto. Cotto’s inactivity can also result in a great disadvantage against Lemieux.
Cotto said, “I think that 6 years is enough, and I have other things to do in my life. I’m taking care of my family better, and that is the biggest and only reason that I have to stop boxing and quit boxing and retire after December 31st this year, No. The decision is already made. I’m leaving on December 31st, no matter what happens with my career.”
It’s best for Cotto to retire this time than to lose more to the younger fighters. With Cotto out of the ring for 2 years, he’s probably lost a great deal.
As Cotto admit that his retirement in the best way he could, a fight with Canelo would the best for him. But I as far as I can see, Canelo’s past opponent that won’t fight him again will only Mayweather.