Miguel Cotto thought he was guaranteeing himself a reasonable payday for an easy fight when he passed on Manny Pacquiao to take on Austin Trout. So much for that. Instead of collecting a hefty paycheck en route to a quick win like he originally figured he would, Cotto may have effectively shut the door on any and all future high-profile bouts.
On Saturday night, Cotto’s string of New York successes came to an abrupt end at the hands of a 27-year-old southpaw looking to prove that he was ready for the big leagues. When it was all said and done, aside from a few rounds in the middle of the bout, Trout controlled the action from start to finish. He ended up recording more power punches and more total punches, and he did both more efficiently than his counterpart.
After the match, Trout was very deferential and respectful in front of a very pro-Cotto crowd.
"Miguel Cotto is a great fighter. It was just a great honor to be in this ring and an even greater honor to beat him in New York," Trout said. "To have my hand raised with a kingpin like Miguel Cotto, it is a dream come true."
The question now is: where do all involved go from here? Will Cotto and Trout agree to a rematch? Does Trout get a shot at Canelo? How does this impact Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s next fight? We’ll likely get answers to all of those questions and more in the coming weeks.