The much anticipated Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight — a fight which promises wall-to-wall action from two explosive punchers who also feature advanced boxing skills — will be broadcast exclusively by HBO Pay-Per-View, but there will be one way for fans to watch live online as 35-year-old middleweight Cotto, the first Puerto Rican boxer to win championships in four weight classes, faces one of his toughest opponents in the newest Mexican superstar, 25-year-old Alvarez.
To get ready for the fight, watch the HBO Face Off special, featuring an interview with both Cotto and Alvarez sitting across the same table, in the video on this page, above.
Giving up 10 years to Alvarez, the 40-4 Cotto comes into the fight as a betting underdog, largely because many fight fans and experts see the 14-year pro finally hitting the downhill side if his career, and feel he’ll have his hands more than full with the youthful and fearless Alvarez, whose sole loss against 45 wins and a draw, came to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Cotto also fought and lost to Mayweather. But the older fighter is the veteran of numerous ring wars against the likes of Antonio Margarito, Shane Moseley, Joshua Clottey, and Manny Pacquiao, who dealt Cotto one of the two knockouts he has suffered, stopping the Puerto Rican champ in the 12th round of their November 14, 2009, fight.
Alvarez, on the other hand, has never really faced the brutal, physical test that Cotto is likely to provide since turning pro at the tender age of 15 in October of 2005.
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In his fight, in May of this year, Alavarez took on knockout specialist James Kirkland in what was seen as a potential risk for Alvarez with the big-money Cotto fight on the horizon. But Kirkland simply lacked the boxing skills to give “Canelo” a real contest, and suffered a third-round knockout at the Mexica fighter’s hands — the 32nd time Alvarez has stopped an opponent.
To find out the only free, legal way to watch the Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez fight live online, see the streaming information at the bottom of this article. The fight card gets underway at 9 p.m. Eastern Time, 6 p.m. Pacific, on Saturday, November 21, at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Most Las Vegas sports books are offering odds in the -300 range for Saul Alavarez — meaning bettors would need to wager $300 to win $100 — and underdog odds starting around +250 on Cotto. In other words, a $100 bet on Cotto pays $250 if the Puerto Rican fighter wins.
The fight has already been marred by controversy, when the World Boxing Council, which recognized Cotto as World Middleweight Champion, stripped Cotto of his belt on Tuesday, when Cotto refused to pay the sanctioning body a $300,000 fee to rubber stamp the fight as an official championship bout.
As a result, if Alvarez wins, he becomes WBC middleweight champion, but Cotto receives nothing other than his anticipated $30 million payout for the fight, win or lose.
HBO Pay Per View will carry the fight over cable and satellite television with a fee of $69.99 for a high-definition broadcast — and a $10 discount for ordering the standard definition broadcast.
Fans can also opt to watch the fight on the big screen, in select movie theaters — where ticket prices are generally in the $20 range. Click on this link to enter a location and see which movie theaters will show the fight Saturday night. Movie theaters will show the same full fight card available on the pay-per-view broadcast.
But the fight will also be available to watch live online via the satellite provider DISH — and new subscribers to the DISHLatino service can watch Miguel Cotto vs. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez live online for free, legally. Click on this link for information on the offer, which will make the fight available to stream live online at no additional cost with the DISH Anywhere service, at this link.
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