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Dan Rafael: Cotto-Canelo "not 100%," but looking at November 21st at Mandalay Bay

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One of the most anticipated fights of the year might have a date and venue.

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Miguel Cotto vs. "Canelo" Alvarez, one of the rare fights that combines big names, logical matchmaking, and serious potential for violence, may not be quite a sure thing yet, but we're getting closer.

Dan Rafael reports that the fight, which has been brewing for some time, may be heading for Las Vegas just before Thanksgiving.

Apparently, there's a pretty good reason for having it on that date.

Considering the fanbases each man brings to the table and the fact that this is one of the most interesting examples of the classic Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry in years, this could be an event for the ages.

Cotto (40-4, 33 KO), whose career seemed to be petering out after a tepid performance against Austin Trout, has enjoyed an unexpected resurgence under the tutelage of Freddie Roach, who has apparently restored Cotto to the vicious boxer-puncher that once dominated the 140 and 147-pound divisions. He's earned three finishes since that loss, lifting the WBC middleweight tile from Sergio Martinez in June of 2014 and thrashing an admittedly-drained Daniel Geale almost exactly one year later.

It should be noted, however, that Cotto has yet to actually compete at 160 pounds, and this fight is no difference. These two are going to be fighting for the middleweight belt at 155 pounds.

Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 KO) stumbled, as some many others have, against Floyd Mayweather back in 2013. He's looked great since, though, battering Alfredo Angulo and edging the super welterweight's unquestioned number-two, Erislandy Lara, before scoring one of the year's best knockouts against James Kirkland.

If they do manage to put this one together, it'll be not only insanely lucrative but probably a damn fun scrap between two heavy-handed knockout aficionados. Who've you go?