The exhibition boxing match between Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez is being targeted for October.
Last March, Cotto and Marquez agreed to fight in an exhibition but the original June 12 date did not materialize.
Marquez has not fought in seven years while Cotto’s last ring appearance was three years ago.
The planned exhibition boxing match between former world champions Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuel Marquez is being targeted for October.
Miguel Cotto vs. Juan Manuel Marquez Now Being Targeted For October https://t.co/v68ho8tP21 pic.twitter.com/zvYehyrIj3
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) July 6, 2021
Cotto and Marquez were among the most dominant boxers during the previous two decades but despite both fighting a 147-pounds at some point during their careers, their paths never crossed.
Last March, it was revealed that four-division champions Miguel Cotto and Juan Manuez Marques will finally collide, as the two were set to join the exhibition boxing fad started by Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.:
Cotto 🆚 Marquez
Two legends collide in an exhibition match to show off their great talent 🔝🥊 pic.twitter.com/5Tx2g9Zzjs
— World Boxing Council (@WBCBoxing) March 31, 2021
#CottoMarquez exhibition. I’m in. Take my money. pic.twitter.com/A26QykVTB9
— Dan Rafael (@DanRafael1) April 5, 2021
In April, Marquez revealed that the fight will consist of eight two-minute rounds. Both fighters will wear 14-ounce gloves and will wear no headgears.
However, the June 12 date did not materialize as the promoters deemed there were too many high profile fights that month. With July, August, and September also loaded with big boxing bouts, the organizers have decided it will happen in October.
The bout will mark Marquez’s first ring appearance in seven years while Cotto will be fighting for the first time in three years.
Marquez Put Pacman to Sleep
On this day in 2012, Juan Manuel Marquez shocked the boxing world when he ruthlessly KO’d Manny Pacquiao. pic.twitter.com/KqXGjsZXTK
— SPORTbible (@sportbible) December 8, 2015
Marquez is most popular for putting Manny Pacquiao to sleep in their fourth meeting held in 2012. Marquez and Pacquiao fought to a split draw when they first met as featherweights in 2004. Pacquiao won their next two meetings, via split decision and majority decision. Because bouts 2 and 3 were close, they agreed to a fourth bout where Marquez scored a one-punch knockout of Pacquiao.
Known as Dinamita, Marquez is the third Mexican boxer to win world titles in four different weight classes. In a boxing career that lasted more than two decades, Marquez captured nine world titles at the featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, and junior lightweight divisions.
He finished his professional boxing career with a record of 56-7 with 40 knockouts. Aside from Pacquiao, Marquez has notable wins over world champions Orlando Salido, Marco Antonio Barrera, Joel Casamayor, Michael Katsidis, and Mike Alvarado.
Puerto Rico’s First Four-Division Champion
Miguel Cotto beats Sergio Martinez ‘from pillar to post’ for WBC world middleweight title http://t.co/0j1LHE5lIF pic.twitter.com/n2t3JAvnyK
— MailOnline Sport (@MailSport) June 8, 2014
Cotto started his career a hard-hitting pressure fighter but finished it as a boxer-puncher as he moved up in weight classes. He is the first Puerto Rican to win boxing world titles in four different weight classes from light welterweight to middleweight. He went undefeated in his first 32 pro bouts before losing to Antonio Margarito in a bout that would later on become controversial after Margarito was caught cheating with padded gloves.
The Caguas, Puerto Rico native was a standout as an amateur with a record of 125-23. He lost his final bout against Mahamadkadir Abdulaev at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He turned pro after the loss and captured world titles at 140 and 147 pounds before suffering his first loss to Margarito. Cotto captured a third division by defeating Yuri Foreman in 2010 and he defeated Sergio Martinez four years later to become the WBC and lineal middleweight champion.
Junito finished his boxing career by going 4-4 in his last eight bouts. However, two of those losses came against Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Canelo Alvarez. He had a professional record of 41-6 with 33 knockouts.