Mora Volunteers To Face Cotto

The search continues. Apparently, they are looking high, low, and everywhere in between for a foe for Miguel Cotto.

Yes, it does seem like foe searches in this day and age drag on more than they used to, does it not? Now, that might just because of the ease of transmission of information, more rumors get reported into the “news” stream, so we are all actually more aware of the process more than we used to be. Then again, mega-stars like a Cotto make so much per fight, they really only fight max twice a year, so it makes sense that they can take their sweet time in choosing just the right target.

Speaking of targets. We’ve heard Cornelius Bundrage was the lead dog to get Cotto’s next slot, which comes June 6 in NYC. But that trial balloon was floated, and it seems like TV might not dig that choice. I head also that The Contender alum Sergio Mora is int he mix. True or false, Latin Snake?

“Promoter Lou Dibella and I were hoping for that fight thinking I’ll be less risk and a valid WBC middleweight title defense,” the 34-year-old hitter from Cali told me. “But nothing. I feel I make more sense than (Jorge) Heiland and K9 (two other rumored possibilities).”

Dibella touched base on the subject. “My phone line is open and I am all ears,” Brooklyn Lou said. “Sergio is a skilled, true middleweight and would love the opportunity to challenge Cotto. No one has called or expressed interest.”

Cotto advisor Gaby Penagaricano told me two days ago when word came out that Cotto had settled on K9, “Opponent not set yet.” Word dropped then that maybe K9 was entertaining an offer to fight Tim Bradley, which had some chuckling, as they assumed Top Rank would be doing that fight to mess up Cotto’s game, in exchange for him spurning them.

Stay tuned, this deal ain’t a done one…

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COMMENTS

-Pazuzu :

Hey Gaby, I heard there's this Kazakh guy who wants the fight...


-brownsugar :

" I know a kazak guy " ... Lol... I'm afraid Team Cotto " lost " their phone number...


-stormcentre :

Would Mora make a good fight with Cotto BS?


-Pazuzu :

'Fraid so, Suge. Cotto's in an interesting position. $50M deal with Roc Nation, but who's he going to fight? Forget about any Top Rank fighters. If what everyone says about Hamon and Roc Nation is true, he can forget about Floyd too, and that's even assuming that Mayweather won't fight Pacquaio again in September. So that leaves HBO and Golden Boy, but Roc Nation will need a PPV to make their numbers, which leads us back to...Canelo and Triple G. Can you imagine Golden Boy's reaction if Gaby goes back and tries to make the fight with Alvarez after he's beaten up James Kirkland? "Oh, NOW you want the fight? OK. Let's talk terms." Remember Rod Blagojevich, the Illinois governor who tried to sell Barack Obama's Senate seat? "I've got this thing, and it's f**king golden. And I'm not just going to f**cking give it away." That's Cotto and his middleweight strap. Unlike the governor, he's not trying to do anything illegal, but, man, he's working it HARD. And that's fine. Cotto's a businessman and he should get the most he can out of his last few fights. But right now, he doesn't have a lot of good options, and I suspect that to get the kind of paydays he thinks he deserves, he's going to have to do the one thing he doesn't want to, and that's put his belt on the line.


-oubobcat :

Rumor has it that Arum is making K9 a very tempting offer to face Bradley. And thus Cotto is now working a deal with Heiland. From a matchmaking perspective, Heiland is a much tougher stylistic match than K9. Other than Heiland though, not many other viable opponents out there for Cotto if the K9 fight does fall through. Could this be Top Rank exacting a little revenge on Cotto for him turning his back on their company? As for Mora, I don't see it happening. It is an even more dangerous fight than Heiland given Mora's style. Cotto does not fare well against slick boxers and well that is as we all know what Mora does in the ring. No way they go anywhere near Mora.


-brownsugar :

Would Mora make a good fight with Cotto BS?
In my humble opinion the Latin Snake would give him way more trouble than Martinez.


-stormcentre :

In my humble opinion the Latin Snake would give him way more trouble tha Martinez.
Yes, I thought you may say that.


-Bernie Campbell :

Robert Stieglitz! Cmn off a battle with Felix Sturm! It is absolutely ridiculous to assume that K9 Bunderage ot Sergio Mora are worthy opponents for that Middleweight Crown! No wonder American Boxing is in the drainpipe!


-Bernie Campbell :

Robert Stieglitz! Cmn off a battle with Felix Sturm! It is absolutely ridiculous to assume that K9 Bunderage ot Sergio Mora are worthy opponents for that Middleweight Crown! No wonder American Boxing is in the drainpipe!


-Bernie Campbell :

Has anyone seen Mora's last fight on FNF....Please!


-Pazuzu :

Has anyone seen Mora's last fight on FNF....Please!
Agreed, BC. Mora looked like he had concrete in his joints and too many miles on his legs. I had the fight for Han. Mora has no business fighting for the lineal MW crown.