Last week we wrote about Miguel Cotto and the speculation regarding his next opponent. Following Gennady Golovkin’s impressive dismantling of Daniel Geale last weekend, everyone has been putting two and two together and guessing that it will be Golovkin taking on Cotto. A neat fit yes, but will it fit it with the plans of both boxers? Do both of them want to take on the other at this point in time?
Make no mistake, if it somehow were it to happen and go ahead, this would be one of the biggest (if not the biggest) fights of 2014.
The win against Geale took Golovkin to 30-0 with 27 total knockouts and an astounding 17 in a row. Golovkin’s 90% KO rate is the best among active boxers. Many pundits felt Geale would take Golovkin the distance. We ourselves predicted it to go 10, but the Australian was simply outclassed. Golovkin hasn’t gone the full length since 2008.
Following the Madison Square Garden fight, Golovkin himself brought up the subject of fighting Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) saying he wants to be the best middleweight fighter in the world.
Golovkin against Cotto would be a great fight and it would prove extremely lucrative to both fighters, the question is if it can actually happen and happen in 2014? There would certainly be tremendous upside to the winner but the risk of losing it could outweigh the upside.
Golovkin is 32 and Cotto is 33, so they are pretty close in terms of age. At 5”11, the 5”7 Cotto would be conceding four inches to GGG.
In Cotto’s favor could be the fact that Golovkin hasn’t faced the same quality of opponent. Cotto is one of the few fighters to have fought both Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Cotto may want to bypass Golovkin in order to use his end of year fight as a springboard to take on Saul “Canelo” Alvarez in May 2015.
If this is the case, Andre Ward (27-0, 14 KOs) or Julio Cesar Chavez Jr (48-1-1, 32 KOs, 1 NC) could be possibilities for Golovkin. He could also find himself up against Sergio Mora (26-3-2, 9 KOs) or Australian Sam Soliman (44-11, 18 KOs, 1 NC). None of these fighters are the same caliber as Cotto, but like Pacquiao against Mayweather, Golovkin against Cotto could turn out to be one fight that fans will have to dream about.