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Miguel Cotto and Saul (Canelo) Alvarez announce Nov. 21 bout

WBC middleweight champ Miguel Cotto (l.) will put his title on the line vs. Canelo Alvarez.Ken Goldfield/Ken Goldfield

WBC middleweight champ Miguel Cotto (l.) will put his title on the line vs. Canelo Alvarez.

More than a week after Floyd Mayweather Jr. was slammed for announcing his next fight against lightly regarded Andre Berto, another big fight was revealed.

But this time the response was much different.

The highly anticipated scrap between WBC middleweight champion Miguel Cotto and Saul (Canelo) Alvarez was formally announced on Thursday for Nov. 21 on HBO pay-per-view at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.


While both Cotto and Alvarez were beaten by Mayweather in the past three years, because of their electrifying styles and popularity, fans have longed for them to meet.

And given the lackluster results of Mayweather’s win against Manny Pacquiao in May, followers have pinned their hopes on this fight to finally live up to the hype of a so-called big fight.

“Historically, mega-fights are made because fans demand them,” Alvarez said in a statement. “In this case, the fans have spoken out, longing for this fight.”

The fight is for Cotto’s middleweight title. However, both fighters have never fought at 160 pounds.

And though it didn’t say so in the stream of press releases distributed to the media, Cotto-Alvarez will be waged at a catch-weight of 155 pounds.

The issue of catch-weights has become a contentious topic of late, with boxers randomly deciding what weight they want to fight at even while holding titles.

Canelo Alvarez throws a right at Floyd Mayweather Jr. during a Sept. 14, 2013 bout.Al Bello/Getty Images

Canelo Alvarez throws a right at Floyd Mayweather Jr. during a Sept. 14, 2013 bout.

Because of his popularity, Cotto has wielded the issue of catch-weights over his opponents, forcing bigger fighters such as Daniel Geale and Sergio Martinez to fight lower than the 160-pound weight limit.

But that won’t be an issue for the 25-year-old Alvarez, a Mexican star who is a true junior middleweight and held a pair of titles at the weight class before losing them to Mayweather in 2013.

Perhaps a better indicator of the true middleweight champion is the big fight between knockout artist Gennady Golovkin and David Lemieux on Oct. 17 at Madison Square Garden.

But weight classes aside, the Cotto-Alvarez fight is a boon for boxing fans.

The fight is also a blessing for Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports, which signed Cotto to a lucrative contract earlier this year, betting on the 34-year-old as one of the future lynch-pins of its new boxing division.

With a deal basically in place for Cotto and Alvarez (45-1-1, 32 knockouts) to meet, Cotto delivered by stopping Geale in four rounds in June at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, paving the way for the fight.

A conference call was hastily scheduled for Thursday afternoon involving the two fighters.

“I will give the fans the fight they want to see,” said Cotto, the first Puerto Rican fighter to win a world title in four weight classes. “As I have always said, during my whole career, I am here to fight the best names and the best fighters. This will be another chapter in my career and I will be ready for him. Fans will enjoy a real fight, another classic battle in the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry.”

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