Despite taking an L to Canelo Alvarez, Miguel Cotto is still a hot commodity and will use his New York base as a return to the ring.
Cotto doesn’t have an opponent yet, but his return is being planned.
The former four-division champion, who lost his middleweight title to Canelo Alvarez in November, will reportedly return June 18 to headline his own HBO Pay-Per-View show, according to a person familiar with Cotto and Roc Nation.
A hold has been placed on Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the site of Cotto’s June 2015 victory over Daniel Geale. The New York State Athletic Commission was also notified Cotto will fight on that date. That would mean consecutive fight weeks in New York, with Top Rank set to stage Felix Verdejo’s next fight on June 11 at Madison Square Garden.
Messages to both Cotto’s advisor Gaby Penagaricano, and David Itskowitch of Roc Nation Sports (Cotto’s promoter) were not returned.
Now, the question is, whom will the Puerto Rican star face? With the middleweight title off his waist, Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) can return to the junior middleweight division, a weight class full of good fighters. Due to politics – as always – options are limited, though. Roc Nation and Al Haymon don’t do business, dating back to a feud between rapper Jay-Z and Haymon, who cut his teeth in the music business.
Regardless of opponent, it needs to be on pay-per-view to satisfy the huge guarantee Roc Nation owes him as part of the deal he signed last year.