Originally written on Pro Boxing Fans  |  Last updated 10/4/12

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 11: WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto attends the final news conference for his bout against Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino November 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao and Cotto will meet in a WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM on November 14. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
On December 1st at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Miguel Cotto will challenge Austin "No Doubt" Trout for his WBA Junior Middleweight title. It's the biggest fight of Trout's career, and it's another chance for Cotto to recapture a championship belt. Perhaps even more importantly is what's at stake for the winner. In my eyes, the winner of Cotto-Trout will be the leader in the clubhouse in terms of landing a May 2013 Cinco de Mayo weekend clash against Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Credit: Tom Casino / Showtime Trout (25-0, 14 KOs) is coming off the biggest win and best performance of his career, a dominant effort over Delvin Rodriguez in June, culminating in a wide Unanimous Decision victory. Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) had fought less than a month earlier, acquitting himself excellently but ultimately losing in a game effort against Floyd Mayweather. With Cotto vs. Trout, we'll see an excellent clash of styles, and a major test for both men. Cotto finds himself in the role of steely...
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