Miguel Cotto needs a dance partner for his next fight. Who will take a twirl with the Puerto Rican future Hall of Famer, who is wearing his promoter hat and overseeing a show at Turning Stone Casino in Verona, N.Y. on Friday night?
How about Gabriel Rosado, the Philly based rumbler with a so-so win-loss record but a fellow who fight fans know will test anyone and give the fans their money's worth? I asked Russell Peltz, who promotes him, if that could be a makeable fight.
"Rosado has been trying to put together him and Austin Trout on the internet," Peltz told me. "Is that a good style matchup for Gabriel [Rosado]? I like the weight class, 154. I don't like the style. I'd like to see him fight Miguel Cotto."
We've heard that the 32-year-old Cotto could be gloving up with Cornelius Bundrage, but the whispered word on the street is that Showtime might not be keen on Bundrage as a Cotto foe, so maybe Rosado (21-7) does have a shot.
"It would be easier to make if he had his hand raised in Las Vegas," said Peltz, referencing Rosado's disappointing split-decision loss in 10 rounds against J'Leon Love, who is promoted by Floyd Mayweather. "A choice for the fight fan, between Rosdao or Bundrage? C'mon."
Fans, what do you think? Cotto could use an opponent who is a half step under the caliber of his last foe, Trout, who he lost to last December in a unanimous decision after 12 rounds. I think Rosado fits that bill. But Rosado has lost two straight, to Gennady Golovkin, and then lost to Love. Does that remove him from the running in this fantasy matchmaking exercise? And by the way, Cotto is on a two-fight slide himself.