REPORTS: Miguel Cotto vs Juan Manuel Marquez Set for June 12

Published 03/31/2021, 10:00 AM EDT


The new trend of exhibition boxing will see two more elites step up, as Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez are reportedly set to lock horns on June 12 in a pay-per-view exhibition clash.

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The venue of the fight is yet to be determined. However, several reports have already confirmed the matchup, sending the fans into a frenzy. Both Cotto and Marquez are multi-division champions and two of the best boxers of their time.

However, they have never had an in-ring collision. Although the idea has allured the entire fight community for a long time, the matchup didn’t meet fruition while they were active. That said, 40-year-old Miguel Cotto and 47-year-old Juan Marquez might not pull off a show as legitimate as they would have done in their prime.

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Nevertheless, the idea has still garnered a green signal from the fans. Looking at the current trend, Cotto vs Marquez can be another successful exhibition boxing.

Four-division champion Miguel Cotto holds a record of 41 wins with 6 losses under his name. The Puerto Rican knockout puncher clearly had a Hall of Fame-worthy career. Moreover, he still has the itch to fight. So, there’s no denying that Cotto can unveil a blockbuster in his upcoming exhibition. He fought his last pro bout in 2017 and returning a four-year-long hiatus might not be difficult for him.

Meanwhile, Marquez, 56-7 as a pro, fought his last fight in 2014. While he is already 47, the former champion will also have to rust-off almost six-years of inactivity. However, someone with 40 KOs would seemingly not struggle in regaining his form.

Miguel Cotto vs Juan Manuel Marquez- One more in the slot

The trend of exhibition boxing began when Floyd Mayweather fought kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa in Japan in 2018. It was followed by the massive returns of Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 28: Roy Jones Jr. (L) and Mike Tyson celebrate their split draw during Mike Tyson vs Roy Jones Jr. presented by Triller at Staples Center on November 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Triller)

Meanwhile, Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. and his son, and UFC veteran Anderson Silva have also confirmed their entries into the tide. So, Cotto vs Marquez is just one more classic addition to the tale. Whether it benefits boxing or not, fans are clearly thrilled to watch the former champions return to action.

Do you think exhibition bouts will take over the sport in the coming days?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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