Why Cotto VS Trout will set the tone for the future of both fighters...

Why Cotto VS Trout will set the tone for the future of both fighters...

This Saturday, we will have our first insight as to what the sport of boxing could look like in 2013.

When Miguel Cotto gets in the ring with the undefeated Austin Trout, both fighters will be under quite the microscope.

The outcome of this fight will shape the future for both men. Miguel Cotto (37-3-0) is coming off a loss to another undefeated fighter in Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Their Las Vegas encounter back in May set records for ticket sales, pay-per-view buys, and television ratings.

Cotto was able to break through Mayweather's "shoulder roll" defense, but could not defend himself against Mayweather's counter punches.

Aside from suffering his third loss as a pro, he also lost the WBA Super Light Middleweight/Super Welterweight title.

As for Trout, the current WBA Light Middleweight/Super Welterweight champion will be entering the biggest fight of his career.

Despite the fact that he hasn't lost a fight since his amateur days, Trout hasn't really had a high profile fight yet.

Trout's only major bouts thus far were his victories over Mexican boxers Rigoberto Alvarez {Brother of Saul "Canelo" Alvarez}, and David Lopez.

These are the stakes for both fighters: Cotto wants to prove that he can still be a world champion.

He also wants to prove that the loss to Mayweather did not end his career. Some have speculated that the losses to Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao have put Cotto on the road to retirement.

Although, Cotto did say in a recent interview that "The decision to retire is coming soon", he also feels that he still has some good fights left in him.

The 32-year-old native of Caguas, Puerto Rico is determined to give Trout his first professional loss.

On the other side of the ring, Trout wants to prove that he is the real deal. His record stands at 25-0, but many in the boxing world feel that he hasn't earned enough respect.

A victory over one of the best in the world will give Trout the respect that he deserves. The fight which will take place in the Cotto stronghold of New York City's Madison Square Garden will be quite the task for the 27-year-old title holder.

The former four time, three division world champion {Cotto} has never lost in "The World's Most Famous Arena"

New York City is home to many Puerto Ricans and they always come out to "The Garden" in full force when he fights there.

Cotto's most recent MSG match was the highly anticipated rematch with Antonio Margarito. Cotto was awarded the victory just three seconds into the tenth round.

Cotto had re-aggravated a previous eye injury that Margarito had sustained against Manny Pacquiao in 2010.

Margarito announced his retirement from the sport this past summer, the assumption is that the reason for his retirement is that eye injury.

This fight almost didn't happen. After the Mayweather bout, Cotto was looking at other options.

Among those options was to get a rematch with Manny Pacquiao. There were two problems with that choice, Cotto wanted "Pac-Man" to come up to Super Welterweight which he was not willing to do.

Plus, Pacquiao was already looking for either a rematch with Timothy Bradley or to step back in the ring with Juan Manuel Marquez. The latter wound up being the case.

There was talk about Cotto being a replacement to fight Saul Alvarez. "Canelo" was originally scheduled to fight former middleweight champion Paul Williams back on September 15th.

Unfortunately, Williams suffered a career-ending motorcycle accident on Memorial Day Weekend which has left him paralyzed from the waist down. I pray for his healing and recovery.

Alvarez was willing to put everything on the line against Cotto, the only problem was Cotto didn't want to fight so soon in September after fighting in May.

Then "Canelo" was looking to face Austin Trout in what could have been a title unification bout between two undefeated champions.

That didn't materialize, so instead Alvarez would up getting in the ring with Josesito Lopez. Lopez was decimated in just five rounds.

Cotto then decided he wanted to wait out Floyd Mayweather's jail sentence and hope for a November or December rematch with the "Money Man".

However Mayweather had other plans. Once released from prison, "Pretty Boy Floyd" had announced that he will not fight again until 2013.

At this point Cotto had considered either going back down to welterweight and contend with either Tim Bradley or Amir Khan, or to go up to middleweight.

But then this fight with Trout wound up working out, and now boxing will take a different direction on Saturday night.

An upset victory by Trout will not only give him the big victory that he's been looking for, it will also cast a cloud over the career of Miguel Cotto.

Here is where things get interesting..... A victory by Cotto would mean a few things for the challenger:

1. He will be world champion once again

2. It will cast aside the recent doubt that has been sent his way by the media and others in the sport.

3. It could open the door for potential rematches with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.

4. It could also open the door for a potential super fight with the undefeated WBC Super Welterweight Champion "Canelo" Alvarez.

5. Perhaps guys like Amir Khan and Timothy Bradley would be willing to come up in weight for a possible fight with Cotto.

Here is what a Cotto victory would mean for Austin Trout:

1. Trout will get even more doubters and haters thrown his way.

2. Trout will lose his title.

3. Trout will just be another name on Cotto's list of opponents.

4. Trout will definitely want a rematch.

But here is what a victory would do for Trout's career:

1. Trout will finally get that "big victory" he's been seeking.

2. He will also be the one to end Cotto's unbeaten streak at Madison Square Garden.

3. He will solidify himself as world champion.

4. It could also open the door for fights against "Canelo" Alvarez, Floyd Mayweather, and a slight maybe for Manny Pacquiao.

Here is what a Trout victory would mean for Cotto:

1. Cotto could push for a rematch, or he could take time off from the sport to be with his family. I don't think retirement is in the cards for him just yet.

2. Cotto could try again to get a rematch with either Mayweather or Pacquiao.

3. Maybe Cotto could go back down to welterweight for a shot at either Khan or Bradley but that may not be the best decision for him.

4. He could also challenge himself again by challenging "Canelo" Alvarez.

5. I feel that the most likely option for him should he lose would be to move up to middleweight. If he does that we could see him mix it up with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., Sergio Martinez, Andy Lee, and Kelly Pavlick.

The world will be watching on Saturday night, only God knows what will happen from there.

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