Miguel Cotto and Golden Boy Promotions are not just reunited, but apparently in it for the long haul.
The only male Puerto Rican boxer in history to win major titles in four weight divisions will return to the ring following a near two-year ring absence, this time with the California-based promotional outfit in tow. Golden Boy announced a multi-fight agreement with the former champ and 2000 Puerto Rico Olympic boxer on Wednesday, beginning with his August 26 showdown versus Yoshihiro Kamegai at StubHub Center in Carson, California.
"Miguel Cotto is not only a legend in the ring, but on the entire island of Puerto Rico, which has one of the richest boxing traditions around the globe," Oscar De La Hoya, Golden Boy CEO and chairman said in a statement through his company's press office. "Our new partnership will include Miguel's upcoming fights; working with Miguel Cotto Promotions' talented stable of fighters; and revitalizing boxing in Puerto Rico."
The extent of the promotional agreement were not fully disclosed, but will include joint promotions with Promociones Miguel Cotto to present events live from Puerto Rico. Cotto has positioned of stable of boxers to secure previous deals with Top Rank and Roc Nation Sports, but the latest venture sounds far more promising as his company will now have access to Golden Boy's output deal with ESPN and ESPN2.
"I'm very proud to establish a tremendous partnership with Golden Boy Promotions and Oscar," said Cotto (40-5, 33KOs). "It couldn't work better -- from a boxer to a boxer. We share the same mentality and language of the sport and the business. We will create the perfect opportunities for the sport of boxing and the fans."
In a touch of irony, Cotto's last ring appearance came opposite Golden Boy as he conceded his middleweight crown to Saul 'Canelo' Alvarerz in their Nov. '15 middleweight clash. He has previously twice fought under the Golden Boy banner, but has yet to post his first win under the company as he was outpointed by Floyd Mayweather and . Austin Trout in an 0-2 campaign in 2012.