Freddie Roach has insisted that Miguel Cotto will take on Canelo Alvarez first, then he would love to see him fight Gennady Golovkin next year.
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Cotto takes on Daniel Geale this weekend as he defends his WBC middleweight title, but the talk is all about when he will be facing one of the other two top fighters in the division.
The Puerto Rican has already confirmed that there is a verbal agreement with Alvarez for them to fight should he come through his bout on Saturday night at the Barclays Center, but Roach has added plans further ahead to the mix too.
Golovkin currently holds the WBA and IBO belts at middleweight, and he hasn’t been shy in expressing his desire to take on the best in the division before a potential move up to super-middleweight.
“They [Canelo and Golovkin] both just had fights,” Roach told Boxing Scene.
“After this we’ll talk to both camps and see what the best offer is. Canelo is the likely next. He does more pay-per-view. It’s Puerto Rico vs Mexico, it’s a bigger fight right now.”
Roach added that Golovkin is undoubtedly making noise in the division and the winner of Cotto vs Canelo would undoubtedly have to fight him in a bid to unify the weight class and prove who is the best out of the trio.
While he added that he would “love that fight next year”, he reminded the reporter that he was merely the trainer and not the negotiator, so it remains to be seen what deals are made.
Nevertheless, it is promising to hear that three of the best fighters in their respective division look set to collide over the next 18 months although there has been talk of Golovkin taking on Carl Froch which would likely happen later this year.