The more time passes, the less likely it appears the paths of Miguel Cotto and Ricky Hatton will ever cross. Last weekend, following his belated move to the Welterweight division – a move simultaneous to Hatton’s own return to the Light-Welterweight class – Cotto provided ample evidence of his own ability in the stoppage defeat of previously unbeaten Puerto Rican, Carlos Quintana.
Drawing comparisons with Hatton’s own debut at the Welterweight are hard to avoid, particularly given the two opponents provide similar barometers in terms of style, status and confidence. Hatton’s precariously tight points victory over Luis Collazo proved the validity of trainer Billy Graham’s publicised misgivings about the move in division and the opponent and a sharp contrast to Cotto’s dominant performance.
Cotto’s victory on the same night Margarito added another win to his often over-looked, and occasionally over-rated resume, will increase the clamour for the two champions to meet.
With Cotto finally listening to the distress calls his body placed during the prolonged stay at 140 pounds and moving to a weight class more befitting his frame, Mayweather looking further up to clashes at Light-Middleweight (Oscar DeLaHoya) and possibly even Middleweight (Winky Wright) the cupboard at 140 pounds looks increasingly bare for the Hitman.
Castillo is the bout Team Hatton and promoters Fight Academy continue to name-check on the assumption Hatton reclaims the IBF belt when he faces Juan Urango in January.