Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez preview and prediction

On Saturday night, one of the best fights of the year will take place at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas when Miguel Cotto enters the boxing ring against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez.

Initially, Cotto (40-4, 33 KOs) was set to defend his WBC middleweight title in the bout.

However, Cotto failed to pay a $300,000 sanctioning fee to the WBC and was subsequently stripped of his belt. As a result, the belt is only on the line for Canelo. If Cotto is to win, Gennady Golovkin would be promoted to undisputed champion in the weight class.

Prediction:

Canelo is the much bigger fighter and a man who is a terribly matchup for Cotto stylistically. Canelo is younger, the more powerful man, more athletic and has the upper hand in defense. Canelo is also the better technical boxer and Cotto has not faced this level of competition in his recent fights. Add in the fact that there is a heavy Mexican presence in Vegas supporting their countryman, everything seems to favor the Guadalajara native.

Expect Canelo to secure the KO victory within seven rounds.

How can you tune in to Saturday night’s pay-per-view action? All of the viewing information you will need to tune in from the opening blow can be seen below:

Start time: 9:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. PT
TV Info: HBO PPV
Fight Purse: Cotto, $15 million; Alvarez, $5 million

Fight Card:

  • Miguel Cotto vs. Canelo Alvarez
  • Takashi Miura vs. Francisco Vargas
  • Guillermo Rigondeaux vs. Drian Francisco
  • Jayson Velez vs. Ronny Rios

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