Welterweight contender Amir Khan (31-4, 19 KOs) says he wants to fight former four division world champion Miguel Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) at on pay-per-view. But here’s the catch: the 36-year-old Cotto would need to drop down from 154 to fight him at 147lbs. Cotto hasn’t fought at welterweight for the last eight years since his 12th round TKO loss to Manny Pacquiao in 2009.
Cotto hasn’t shown interest in fighting at 147 in many years. It’s hard to see him agreeing to fight the 30-year-old Khan at that weight in 2017. Cotto says he’ll be retiring at the end of this year. He’s scheduled to fight the 32-year-old James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs) on February 5 on HBO PPV at the Ford Center at the Star, in Frisco, Texas.
After that fight, Cotto will fight Saul Canelo Alvarez in a rematch in December. If Khan is going to lure Cotto into the ring before December, he’s going to need his manager Al Haymon to speak with Roc Nation to see if the fight can get made.
Khan said this to esnewsreporting.com about his interest in fighting Cotto:
“You know, that’s a fight that could happen at 147,” said Khan about a fight against Cotto. “Do you think Cotto would ever come down to 147? I’m going to leave that to you guys [the boxing media]. You ask Cotto if he would ever come down to 147 and take the fight. I think it’d be a great fight. He’d make more money fighting me than anybody else, especially on pay-per-view. I think the Canelo fight was really good. Nowadays, it’s very hard to sell a good pay-per-view fight, but me and Canelo brought in some good numbers,” said Khan.
Cotto might be willing to fight Khan at a catchweight of 150 to 152lbs, but it’s not probable that he’ll come down all the way to 147 for the fight.
Khan will be taking a tune-up fight in April. He’s supposed to be fighting IBF welterweight champion Kell Brook after that. Haymon is working on putting the fight together with Brook’s promoter Eddie Hearn. It’s unclear what month the Khan vs. Brook fight will take place. It’s quite likely that Khan would be free to fight Cotto in the second half of this year. Whether that works for Cotto’s schedule is hard to tell.
If Cotto is going to fight Canelo in December, then there’s very little chance that he’s going to have time to fight Khan before then unless he’s willing to put off the Brook fight until November or December.