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Canelo vs Golovkin: Miguel Cotto still wants winner in December

Miguel Cotto still wants the biggest possible fight before retiring at the end of 2017.

Miguel Cotto v Yoshihiro Kamegai Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

With Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin set to finally do battle on Saturday night in Las Vegas, live on HBO pay-per-view, Miguel Cotto is again saying that he wants to face the winner in his farewell fight on December 2.

Cotto, 36, returned to the ring after nearly a two-year absence on August 26, dominating Yoshihiro Kamegai over 12 rounds, winning the WBO junior middleweight title in the process.

“It's the best way to say goodbye to boxing. ... No matter what happens or who I fight in the next fight, I am here to do the best I can.”

Cotto (41-5, 33 KO) is in Las Vegas for the fight, speaking with his promoters at Golden Boy. Alvarez (49-1-1, 34 KO) is reportedly interested in a rematch with Cotto (the two met in 2015, with Alvarez winning a competitive decision), as is Golovkin (37-0, 33 KO).

To get a deal done for December 2, the Canelo-GGG winner would have to be in good shape coming out of this fight, as it would pretty much be a direct turnaround to fight again in two-and-a-half months.

If Cotto does not face the winner in December, there’s still the chance that he could face middleweight puncher David Lemieux (38-3, 33 KO), who is also promoted by Golden Boy, but that wouldn’t be nearly as big of a fight, and Cotto clearly wants to go out with the biggest bang possible.