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There is ‘a good opportunity’ for Miguel Cotto and Timothy Bradley to fight

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Speaking on Monday with BoxingScene, trainer Joel Diaz acknowledged that Miguel Cotto would be “a good opportunity” for Timothy Bradley.

Top Rank CEO Bob Arum also mentioned the possibility of the 33-year-old Cotto (39-4, 32 KOs) defending the WBC middleweight belt against the 30-year-old Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) at a catchweight of 150-pounds.

“We think that this is a good fight, it would be a good opportunity. We know that Cotto is strong, intelligent, and he did very well against (Sergio) Martinez. We talked about a fight at 155-pounds and that is a lot of weight, but it is a good opportunity,” said Diaz, who works with Bradley.

“At the moment, everything is just words. Bradley is going to therapy and, if everything goes well with his leg, he will probably return to the gym in August. I don’t really know if there is a real opportunity to fight Cotto. But it would be a big opportunity and there are very few of those.”

In an extraordinarily dominant performance, the 5-foot-7 Cotto stopped the 5-foot-10 Martinez (51-3-2, 28 KOs) six seconds into the 10th round to capture the crown last month at Madison Square Garden.

Meeting at a maximum weight of 159 pounds, Cotto sacrificed size, speed and power against Martinez.

Nevertheless, Cotto floored Martinez three times in the first and once more in the ninth and was ahead 90-77 on all three scorecards when trainer Pablo Sarmiento mercifully halted the beating.

Looking reenergized and throwing fists with a noticeable confidence, Cotto became the first Puerto Rican boxer to win world titles in four weight classes.

Comparatively, Bradley (31-1, 12 KOs) last vacated the squared circle in April after getting outclassed by Manny Pacquiao.

The 35-year-old Pacquiao (56-5-2, 38 KOs) officially trumped Bradley by counts of 118-110, 116-112 and 116-112.

Displaying elite footwork and the uncanny ability to deliver punches from all angles, a relentless Pacquiao used his southpaw stance to pepper Bradley with straight left hands.

The “Fighter of the Decade” for the 2000s by the BWAA was periodically careless and even borderline reckless.

Fortunately for the Filipino icon, Bradley possesses feathery fists and was incapable of seriously hurting Pacquiao.

Bradley is quick, tough and gutsy and he fought like a man possessed to reach greatness.

Regardless, supremely prepared for this sequel, Pacquiao again proved to be too dominant for “Desert Storm.”

Even if “everything is just words,” Bradley and Cotto would produce more than just “a good fight.”

In fact, a bout pitting Timothy Bradley against Miguel Cotto would be an absolute battle and “a good opportunity” for the entire sport of boxing.


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