Miguel Cotto Takes the Road Less Traveled in Austin Trout

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By: Gordie Tamayo
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Three-division title holder and Puerto Rican boxing icon Miguel Cotto (37-3-30KO) 31, has just wrapped up a two city promotional media tour this past week announcing his upcoming December 1 bout against “No Doubt” Austin Trout (25-0-14KO) 27, taking place at the famed Madison Square Garden.

Cotto is a proven draw amongst the Puerto Rican population and even though he is facing an opponent far less known, a packed venue is expected with an opponent whose speed and skillset is still able to challenge the Puerto Rican warrior.

The matchup came about through an interesting set of circumstances although not so unfamiliar. Cotto was the front runner on Top Rank and Manny Pacquiao’s list for a December 8th opponent ahead of a rematch with Timothy Bradley or a fourth encounter with Juan Manuel Marquez. Through a series of failed negotiations, both parties decided to go opposite directions and now they each headline separate bouts one week away from eachother.

In circulation has been the notion that Cotto was avoiding a repeat of his previous 12th round TKO loss to Pacquiao in 2009. Cotto’s resume clearly tells another story. His willingness to agree fighting a younger, undefeated champion like Trout who is envisioning “Turning Point” on Cotto’s face (and for a fraction of his purse against Pacquiao) speaks volumes of Cotto’s character for taking this risk.

At this stage of Cotto’s career he is captain of his own vessel; negotiating on favorable terms and ones that do not put him at an enormous physical disadvantage. A win over Trout could set him in place for a 2013 showdown with Mexican icon Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and this road chosen could have equal financial benefit without the catchweight constraints that came with the Top Rank/Pacquiao offer.

Cotto has been vocal that he is not overlooking Trout and it cannot all be public relations. The Southpaw from Las Cruces, NM stands firm that he will silence the “Garden” in spite of a pro Cotto crowd and with nothing to lose yet everything to gain, who’s to tell him otherwise.

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