Probably not. His comeback fight, which was previously postponed, is now scheduled to take place this Saturday, and there does not seem to be much hype around this fight.
First of all, he is fighting somebody named Yoshihiro Kamegai, who the boxing public knows little about. Secondly, they are fighting on the same night as Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, something which we believe was purposely interfered with by Mayweather Promotions given that Cotto is now promoted by Golden Boy Promotions.
In all honesty, there are no real expectations for this fight, but rather a tune up to allow Cotto to be active again and build up to the final fight of his illustrious career where he can cash out and retire peacefully.
The Puerto Rican powerhouse has been inactive since his last outing against Canelo Alvarez a few years ago. However he has still shown signs of wanting to compete at the highest level. Whether it’s to build his profile up again to face a bigger name in the sport or to keep himself believing he can still do, I always enjoyed watching Cotto in the ring as he always gives us that warrior spirit and leaves it all in the ring.
But does he still have it in him? Only time will tell and we will see from the bout this weekend if his skill set is still intact.
Rumor has it that this is a tune up fight for the the winner of Canelo Alvarez vs GGG fight, but at this stage of his career I don’t think Cotto wants anything to do with those two.
Kamegai also has a lot to prove, but by all estimations will be no match for Cotto. He’s 34 year’s old now and with a record of 27-3-2 against average opponents. His best performance was when he beat Jesus Soto Karass last September by TKO. A decent brawler, but we don’t see Kamegai causing any problems for Cotto on Saturday night at the Stub Hub Arena.
Our predictions are Cotto by decision.