Miguel Cotto will be in Vegas to see Canelo Alvarez fight this weekend, and is said to be targeting a May 2013 fight against Canelo. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Miguel Cotto will be in attendance on Saturday at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas for the Showtime-televised Canelo Alvarez vs Josesito Lopez fight, and BoxingScene.com reports that Cotto is hoping to face Canelo on May 4, 2013, if all goes well for both of them in their upcoming bouts.
Cotto will be back in the ring himself at Madison Square Garden on December 1, where he'll face Austin Trout in an HBO main event.
Canelo (40-0-1, 29 KO) is the heavy favorite on Saturday, and most expect he will win this fight convincingly against the tough and talented Lopez (30-4, 18 KO), who could be in over his head just a bit here trying to fight at 154 pounds.
Cotto (37-3, 30 KO) will be a sizable favorite against the unbeaten Trout (25-0, 14 KO) on December 1, but that fight could be trickier. Trout is a legit junior middleweight and no slouch in the ring to say the least.
But if the two do win their fights, then a Cinco De Mayo weekend pay-per-view in 2013 would be massive for them both. One gets the feeling Floyd Mayweather will want that date again, and though Golden Boy was happy to pair Canelo vs Mosley with Mayweather vs Cotto earlier this year, Canelo vs Cotto would be far too valuable on its own to sacrifice as a non-PPV headliner.
Mayweather can fight anyone and sell, it seems, but Canelo vs Cotto is a strong second-tier pay-per-view, and GBP and a network (surely HBO, whose PPV brand is much stronger than Showtime's) would be leaving so much money on the table by not having Canelo and Cotto headlining on their own.
So that's something to keep in mind this weekend and later this year. Certainly wins for both don't mean they're penciled in for May 4 next year, but the idea is out there already.