Barclay's Center, Brooklyn, New York, June 6
By Peter Lim
Cotto ended up with the middleweight title by defeating a one-legged Sergio Martinez last year but he really doesn't belong at 160. In Geale, though, he faces a sub-par opponent who was annihilated in three rounds by Gennady Golovkin in July and has done little to deserve another title shot except outpoint an 18-2 fighter during the interim.
The Puerto Rican simply proves too savvy and seasoned for the Australian. Once Cotto begins connecting to the the body with his debilitating left hook, it will mark the beginning to the end for Geale. Cotto effortlessly outboxes and out-brawls Geale to break him down methodically and stop him in the ninth round.
Cotto looked spectacular against two very compromised middleweights. Can he duplicate that form against Canelo when he drops back down to 154?