One of the rare boxing blockbusters that's also a terrific action fight is finally confirmed.
Earlier today, Golden Boy CEO Oscar de la Hoya revealed that the long-demanded fight between Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto and Mexican superstar Saul "Canelo" Alvarez is set for Nov. 11, 2015, inside Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada.
No word on the undercard yet, but hot damn, this is a good fight.
Cotto (40-4, 33 KO) -- after a limp performance against Austin Trout in 2012 -- went on an absolute tear, finishing three straight opponents with the aggressive, body-focused attack with which he dominated the 140- and 147-pound divisions. His last time out, he ran over Australian veteran Daniel Geale in four rounds to defend his WBC middleweight title (which he has never defended at middleweight, but that's beside the point).
Alvarez (45-1, 32 KO) has proven himself not only a joy to watch, but uncommonly willing to face the best his division has to offer. Following his loss to Floyd Mayweather and subsequent savaging of Alfredo Angulo, "Canelo" took on the highly-skilled and highly-avoided Erislandy Lara, whom he edged by split decision. He faced James Kirkland earlier this year, scoring a hellacious knockout in the third round.
These two are not only close in the rankings, their styles ostensibly mesh wonderfully. Both are powerful body punchers with a mean streak and zero desire to see the judges.