Miguel Cotto will be emerging from a near two-year layoff in the next two months to resume his career in a fight on February 25 on HBO pay-per-view at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
There is no opponent as of yet, but Miguel Cotto Promotions executive Bryan Perez is saying that it could be James Kirkland. There’s also a possibility that Lamont Peterson could be the one that fights Cotto. The venue being Texas suggests that Kirkland is the guy they want, because he’s from Texas. Peterson is from Washington, DC. Cotto is from Puerto Rico, and his fans are in the East Coast area. That’s why it’s important for Cotto to get someone from Texas, and that means Kirkland.
Kirkland was knocked out in the 3rd round by Saul Canelo Alvarez in 2015.
Having Cotto’s fight televised on HBO pay-per-view might be a problem if he faces Kirkland or Peterson. It’s understandable from Cotto’s standpoint that he might want a safe fight at this point in his career. After all, Cotto is 36, and not young anymore. But it is kind of crazy to fight guys that inactive like Peterson and Kirkland.
That doesn’t make sense. Peterson hasn’t fought since 2015, when he beat Felix Diaz. Peterson has been out of the ring for over a year. He’s also not a particularly popular fighter. If Cotto wants to fight a welterweight, then there are plenty of fighters that he could fight that would have the ability to attract some interest.
Cotto could call out Amir Khan, Shawn Porter, Tim Bradley, Jessie Vargas, Manny Pacquiao, or Errol Spence Jr. All of those guys would likely attract more interest than Kirkland or Peterson. They might be a heck of a lot more difficult for Cotto to beat, but it goes with the territory. If you want a pay per view fighter, then you’ve got to take on a big name or at least a quality fighter rather than an inactive fighter from the past like Kirkland.
Cotto is making a lot of money for each of his fights. If he’s going to make $15 million for his next fight, it would probably need to be on HBO PPV rather than regular HBO. Cotto would also need to find an opponent that was willing to take the small money. Whether that’s Peterson or Kirkland is the big question. If Cotto is going to get $15 million for a fight that might not bring in many PPV buys on HBO, then his opponent will likely need to accept a small flat fee.