Updated 03:27 AM EDT, Fri, Sep 25, 2020

Canelo Alvarez to Dictate The Terms of Potential Rematch Against Miguel Cotto

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Canelo Alvarez's manager and head trainer, Eddy Reynoso, stressed that if Miguel Cotto wants a rematch with the reigning WBC middleweight titleholder, he must first comply with the champion's demands.

Reynoso believes Canelo has earned the right to dictate the terms of the potential rematch, or any other fight for that matter, after he snatched the WBC middleweight belt from Cotto last November, as per ESPN Deportes via Boxing News 24.

"In the first fight (with Cotto), there were some things we did not like but we agreed. We were focused on training," said the Mexican trainer. "If there's a rematch, I think now it will be easier because it has always interested us to fight the best and not for things that have no meaning that spoiled the negotiations before."

Canelo has an HBO pay-per-view fight scheduled on May 7, 2016, but his camp has yet to pick a suitable opponent for the Cinco De Mayo weekend clash. Golden Boy Promotions could easily book Canelo a match against Vanes Martirosyan, Gabriel Rosado or Willie Monroe Jr. However, none of them would have the box-office appeal of a Cotto rematch.

Contrary to what Reynoso and company wants the public to believe, Cotto seems to be in no hurry to fight Canelo. The Puerto Rican's trainer, Freddie Roach, said he has already received the list of possible opponents the former middleweight champion wants to fight this June.

According to Boxing Scene, the list includes fighters like Juan Manuel Marquez, Billy Joe Saunders, Kell Brook and any of the three Smith brothers: Liam, Stephen or Paul. If any of these fights get made, Canelo will be stuck squaring off with a lesser-known boxer in what is expected to be a major PPV event in May.

Meanwhile, Reynoso thinks Canelo will not only beat Cotto in a rematch, but the Mexican would also knock the Puerto Rican out. He is so sure about it that he is willing to bet four houses on the outcome, Boxing Scene reported.

"Undoubtedly this time he knocks (Cotto out), if that fight comes together. I do not get to bet two houses as Freddie Roach told us he would," said Reynoso. "I will bet four (houses) that Saul knocks Cotto out."

Golden Boy Promotions founder Oscar De La Hoya also echoed Reynoso's sentiments. He believes his fighter will try to win convincingly to prove wrong those who said Cotto was robbed of a victory in their first fight, as per Bleacher Report.

"For me, if there is a rematch-Canelo knocks him out, and he would knock him out without any problems," said the boxing promoter.

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