By Manuel Perez: Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) says he has no opinion on the upcoming Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady “GGG” Golovkin fight that takes place on September 16. Cotto, 36, is putting all of his attention on his fight this Saturday night against the hard hitting #6 WBO Yoshihiro “El Maestrito” Kamegai (27-3-2, 24 KOs). Cotto-Kamegai will be battling for the vacant WBO junior middleweight title at the StubHub Center in Carson, California.
“I have no opinions,” said Cotto when asked about his prediction on the Canelo-Golovkin fight. “I’m really busy doing my work here in L.A. for Yoshihiro Kamegai, and I have nothing to think about Canelo and Golovkin. That’s their own fight, and they have to think about that!”
You can understand why Cotto might not have been too pleased to be bombarded by questions from the media about the Canelo vs. GGG fight rather than his own contest against the 34-year-old Kamegai. It’s a slight on Cotto that the journalists are so interested in his opinion on the Canelo-Golovkin fight rather than his own. You can’t blame to media though. Cotto’s fight against Kamegai is about as bad as his canceled PPV contest against James Kirkland. Kamegai’s record in his last 5 fights is 2-2-1. With that kind of record, it’s understandable why the media is asking Cotto about the Canelo vs. Triple G fight.
“I arrived here in L.A. at the beginning of July to start my training time,” said Cotto. “I’ve only come here with one thing on my mind, and that’s just getting ready for Kamegai. And I’ve been doing a great job here in L.A., and I have no time and no space in my mind to think about another thing, you know? I’m just ready for Kamegai. I’m just thinking about the Kamegai fight, and whatever or whoever has another fight on the same day, they have to think about their fight.”
The other fight that Cotto keeps getting asked about is the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Conor McGregor event that will be taking place this Saturday night on Showtime PPV. Cotto isn’t interested in that fight too. He should be. That’s his competition on Saturday. The major portion of the boxing world will be tuning in to watch Mayweather fight McGregor instead of Cotto facing a Kamegai, who hardly deserves to be fighting for a world title with his pathetic record in his last 5 fights. How do you get excited about the thought of seeing Cotto beat up on a struggling fighter like Kamegai. Cotto doesn’t deserve to be fighting for a world title either. He’s not seen the inside of a boxing ring in 2 years since his loss to Canelo in 2015. The WBO has Cotto rated No.1, so he gets the chance to fight for their title instead of someone else who has been active in the last 2 years.