Cotto vs. Marquez Back in Play: Their Teams Are Back in Talks


There may be a silver lining in the recent cancellation of the scheduled HBO Pay-Per-View where former four division world champion Miguel Cotto was booked to fight in the main event.

This past Thursday, Cotto (40-5, 33 KO’s) confirmed that his pay-per-view return was called off, because James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KO’s) had suffered a fractured nose in training camp.

Cotto is planning to retire by the end of the year and intends to fight at least two more times before walking away from the sport.

There were some rumblings in Mexico that Cotto and fellow four division world champion champion Juan Manuel Marquez (56-7-1, 40 KO’s) were back in discussions to stage a catch-weight bout before the end of the year.

Cotto has confirmed that Marquez’s team has indeed reached out to him and the two sides are discussing the idea of staging that fight.

“The team members behind Marquez are communicating with us, and they know our level of professionalism,” said Cotto to Jose Sanchez.

The two sides were in talks for several months last year. Their negotiations fell apart after both boxers were unable to get on the same page regarding the catch-weight.

Marquez wanted the fight to take place at the welterweight limit of 147-pounds, while Cotto was firm on the contest taking place somewhere around the middleweight limit – between 150 to 154.

Cotto has now been out of the ring since November 2015, when he lost a twelve round decision to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. Marquez, 43 years old, has been away for nearly three years, with his last fight taking place back in May of 2014, when he won a twelve round unanimous decision over former world champion Mike Alvarado at the Forum in Los Angeles, California.

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