The two men will compete for the Ring Magazine and lineal middleweight title—but will do so at a catchweight just one pound above the junior middleweight cutoff. Cotto’s WBC middleweight title, the crowning jewel of the division, will not be at stake—the Puerto Rican was stripped of the title after a disagreement about sanctioning fees.

finalIgnore all of that backroom business. What happens in the ring transcends that. Both fighters have promised an explosive night of action. Both have plenty to prove—Cotto that he still belongs among the elite, and Canelo that he has what it takes to assume the responsibility of representing Mexico as that nation’s top boxer. Those are heady stakes, much more significant than any bauble could ever be.

Can Canelo live up to the hype three years after Mayweather bodied that train right off the tracks? Or will the 35-year old Cotto add another soul to a collection that already ensures his induction in Canastota? Our crack boxing team of Lyle Fitzsimmons, Kelsey McCarson, Kevin McRae, Briggs Seekins, Kevin McRaen and myself has a few thoughts on the topic.

Source Jonathan Snowden

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