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Miguel Cotto talks Margarito, Pacquiao and JCC


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WBA junior middleweight (154 pounds) titlist Miguel Cotto not only reinvigorated his career by dethroning previously unbeaten Yuri Foreman by ninth-round knockout during an HBO televised bout in June, but the Puerto Rican idol also erased lingering perceptions that he might be a shot fighter following losses to Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao as well as those concerning a perceived fragile psyche.


The 29-year-old Cotto (35-2, 28 knockouts) also did so in his first fight under renowned trainer, Manny Steward, and in his first fight since the January death of his father and mentor, Miguel Cotto Sr.


In that wake of the win over Foreman (28-1, eight KOs), however, Cotto has eschewed a potential bout with junior middleweight and middleweight (160 pounds) prospect Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (40-0-1, 30 KOs) for now, and will await the result of a Nov. 13 clash between WBO welterweight (147 pounds) king Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) and Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) for the vacant WBC junior middleweight title that is taking place at The Dallas Cowboys Stadium.


In this Q&A, Cotto, who had shoulder surgery in August, according to BoxingScene.com, talks in general about his career, and, in particular, about potential rematches with Pacquiao, Margarito and also a match up opposite Chavez -- any of which could take place early next year since all four fighters are promoted by Top Rank Promotions.



FanHouse: Can you expound on your feelings about being in the position you are again as champion?


Miguel Cotto: I feel good. I have worked really hard in my career to be in this position. I feel very happy again to be a world champion.



Can you please name for me some potential opponents you would like to face in the future?


I have always said that I am available to fight the big names. I just want to fight the names who will represent an increase in my legacy and my career.



Specifically, could you possibly expound on a potential rematch with Manny Pacquiao and the opportunity that would provide for redemption?


I am available to fight Manny again after his match against Antonio Margarito. We all have bad nights. But if the second fight is a reality, the result would be very different.



Can you expound on the potential for a rematch with Antonio Margarito and the opportunity that would provide for redemption as well?


Sure. I'm here to fight the best names out there. If Antonio Margarito is a good option for me after the Pacquiao fight, then I will fight him and beat him.



Can you discuss a potential fight with Julio Cesar Chavez and what that would mean to your career?


This is a fight that has been in the making. I was ready to make it. If it happens, it will be a great fight, and I will win it.



Are there any other opponents out there you would like to consider facing?


I have never chosen opponents. I have always said yes to the big challenges.



Finally, what is your timetable for wanting to get back into the ring?


I'm ready to fight. I leave everything in the hands of my promoter. But most surely early next year



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He's needed a nice long break anyway (certainly the Foreman fight wasn't that rugged) and he had the shoulder surgery in August, I wouldn't mind seeing him take off at least another six months or so. Nobody wants to see a Pac rematch, only Arum is talking that garbage, but a few might want to see him fight an unplastered Margarito. I hear that Rigaberto Alvarez who just won the WBA Interim Title from Ishida is going to fighting the WBA #1 Austin Trout, so that takes care of any mandatory responsiblites, so he should extend his easing back into things by fighting the winner of that in what amounts to a tuneup/title defense, neither should prove to be a problem.
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good ol wheels...

I, unlike my good man davemurphy would like to see a rematch with Pac, especially with a world class trainer in his corner.

What a world of difference it makes having one in your corner!

And regardless the outcome yes a rematch with Margo-cheato is and will eventually happen in the not so distant future and the outcome will most assuredly be different!

Granted Pavlik and Bute fight and Pavlik wins, I'll bet all my shillings on a cotto win!

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