Though most suspected that Miguel Cotto would be on HBO or possibly pay-per-view for his December 1 fight against Austin Trout at Madison Square Garden, Lance Pugmire reports that Showtime has landed the fight, giving the network another legitimate star moving to its airwaves, and perhaps setting in motion something much bigger.
If Cotto beats Trout on December 1, and Canelo Alvarez wins tonight against Josesito Lopez as expected, Cotto is said to be targeting a May 4, 2013, date against the Mexican star. And if Showtime and Golden Boy were able to lock that up as the Cinco De Mayo weekend pay-per-view next year, that would be huge for both parties. That Saturday is arguably the most coveted of the year, every year, in big-time boxing.
Cotto (37-3, 30 KO) would of course have to get by Trout (25-0, 14 KO), and though the WBA titleholder didn't exactly shine in his Showtime-televised win over Delvin Rodriguez on June 2, he's far from a pushover or simple, easy matchup for Cotto. He's bigger, he's younger, he's got skills, and he's going to be there with the chance of a lifetime in New York City.
Cotto has fought the majority of his career, particularly his notable fights, on HBO. But he did face Ricardo Mayorga on Showtime pay-per-view back in March 2011, when sort of the exact opposite situation of today's boxing climate came about, and Top Rank was taking their major fighters to Showtime for a brief period, which ultimately resulted in Ross Greenburg being removed as HBO Sports President, and led to Showtime's Ken Hershman replacing him, at which point former Golden Boy lawyer Stephen Espinoza became the new lead man at Showtime, and Golden Boy's old sweetheart deal with HBO was gone, and there's been lots of arguments and all that, and now Golden Boy is almost exclusively working with Showtime (almost), while Top Rank is pretty much entirely with HBO, and this is a great run-on sentence, and all I mean to say, really, is, gee, isn't boxing weird as hell sometimes?