Puerto Rican boxing star Miguel Cotto has vowed that this year will be the last year he steps into the squared circle. The 36 year old fighter has had a Hall of Fame career filled with opponents like Floyd Mayweather, Canelo Alvarez, Sergio Martinez, Shane Mosley and many more. Cotto was scheduled to face James Kirkland on February 26th before Kirkland pulled out with an injury.
That's not stopping Cotto from continuing forward, and his options are now even better. Cotto's camp has contacted both Juan Manuel Marquez and Kell Brook about a possible showdown in the coming months, likely in June. Cotto was originally interested in Marquez before signing on to face Kirkland however the two parties could not agree to terms regarding weight. Cotto wants to fight at 154 and Marquez wanted Cotto at 147. Neither of them would agree to a catch weight.
While negotiations between Cotto and Marquez could hit the same problem, Britian's IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook will look to secure a fight with Cotto. Brook is willing to go to 154 for the fight. Should Brook land a mega-fight against Cotto it's likely he'll give up his welterweight title. Brook has a mandatory defense against Errol Spence Jr coming up. If Brook can secure a fight with Miguel Cotto before the purse bid it's likely that he will give up the belt instead of taking on the dangerous Spence Jr. first. More will be known in the coming weeks.