Bob Arum: ‘After the way Miguel looked, I would doubt that Mayweather would be inclined to take that fight’

Miguel Cotto this past weekend in Orlando, Fl. dispatching Delvin Rodriguez (Photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank)

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By Chris Robinson

While at yesterday’s media brunch in Los Angeles advance of this weekend’s welterweight title clash between WBO champion Tim Bradley and Mexico City’s Juan Manuel Marquez, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum discussed the future options of Puerto Rico’s Miguel Cotto.

This past weekend in Orlando, Fl., Cotto returned to HBO’s airwaves with a scintillating stoppage over Delvin Rodriguez in the third round. Cotto was in rare form, as he ripped the Dominican’s body relentlessly while breaking him down with sharp, powerful blows.

After having two fights co-promoted by Golden Boy Promotions in 2012, Cotto returned to work with Top Rank, his original promoter dating back to his pro debut in 2001, for the Rodriguez match and it looks like a strong possibility that he will finish his career with the company.

Arum seemed extremely upbeat when discussing Cotto’s options, pointing towards a match with lineal middleweight champion Sergio Martinez in particular as a fight worth making. Arum also discussed the possibility of a showdown with former junior middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez.

One high-profile opponent who Arum doesn’t look towards as a realistic option is Floyd Mayweather, the man regarded as the sport’s premiere talent.

Mayweather defeated Cotto in May of last year in an excellent fight, but one in which Floyd was able to dictate the pace of the action in several rounds despite a strong effort from Miguel.

And while the fight is still a lucrative option for Mayweather, who is looking towards at least four more fights to close out his career, Arum doesn’t think he will be interested given how explosive Cotto looked this past Saturday.

“Well, after the way Miguel looked, I would doubt very much that Mayweather would be inclined to take that fight with Miguel,” Arum stated brazenly.

Expect some follow up reports on Arum’s statements from the Mayweather camp later tonight.

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