De La Hoya Thinks Cotto Will Stay Retired
Oscar De La Hoya is of the opinion that Miguel Cotto will be able to resist the urge to come back to the ring following his impending retirement. Cotto has stated that his final fight will take place on December 2nd at Madison Square Garden against Sadam Ali.
The 37-year-old Cotto made it clear at the beginning of 2017, that this year would be the final year inside the ring. Cotto was hoping to land high profile fights in the final year of his in-ring career, and ended up facing off Yoshihiro Kamegai on August 26th in a dominating victory, which was overshadowed by Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather, and his upcoming bout against Ali.
Freddie Roach, who has served as Miguel Cotto’s trainer in an interview with Boxing Scene, believes it will be hard for Cotto to resist a rematch against Canelo Alvarez, or a potential shot against Gennady Golovkin, depending upon which of the two wins an alleged May 5th rematch. Like De La Hoya, however, Roach expects the four-division champion to remain retired after defeating Ali.
“Obviously, there’s many reasons why a fighter can choose to come back,” De La Hoya said.
“But a fighter like Miguel Cotto, look, he has everything he needs, most importantly his family. He has a whole island that supports him, that is with him a hundred percent, millions of people who’ve supported him all over the world. So there’s no reason [to come back]. He has one last chance and, believe me, he’s obviously training to give everyone the best show possible and I believe we’re gonna see the best Miguel Cotto we’ve seen on December 2nd.”