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Former three-division beltholder Miguel Cotto is expected to return to the ring on Dec. 1 at New York City's famed Madison Square Garden.
The Mandalay Bay Hotel has been set aside for Oct. 13-14 by Golden Boy Promotions with plans to hold a Showtime-televised professional show that could include WBC junior featherweight beltholder Abner Mares on Saturday, followed by the professional debut on Sunday of standout boxers from the 2012 Summer Olympic Games to be aired live on the CBS television network.
According to Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer, Mares (24-0-1, 13 knockouts) could be part of a double-header on Showtime slated for that Saturday.
Then, in accordance with an agreement between Golden Boy, Showtime Sports and CBS Sports, the Olympians will fight on Sunday at the Mandalay Bay on CBS following an NFL game.
"What we're going to do on Oct. 13 and 14 is that we're going to make it a big weekend, having fights," said Schaefer, who has plans to televise the Olympians once more on Dec. 15 at a site to be determined.
"I am holding the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for that boxing extravaganza on Oct. 13 and 14. We're currently working on two fights for Oct. 13, and then, the next day, we will go with the Olympians."
Schaefer left for Europe on Wednesday and the Olympic Games in London, where he will observe the boxing tournament which begins on July 28.
There, Schaefer will be scouting the 12 men and women representing the United States, one of the largest U.S. boxing delegations at recent Olympic Games.
Schaefer also said he has also set aside other dates for Dec. 1, 8 and 15.
Schaefer has targeted former three-division titleholder Miguel Cotto (37-3, 30 knockouts) for Dec. 1 at Madison Square Garden.
"We are holding the December 1 at Madison Square Garden in New York for Miguel Cotto," said Schaefer. "Miguel asked us to hold that date, and that's what we're doing. So we're working on that."
Cotto is coming off a unanimous decision loss to Floyd Mayweather in May that ended his winning streak of three consecutive knockouts. Mayweather-Cotto was promoted by Golden Boy, Mayweather Promotions and Miguel Cotto Promotions.
"We are going to continue working together. We have a great relationship with them. Miguel Cotto is really a great fighter and our two companies work very well together. We've co-promoted a number of different fights together and we do some events with them in Puerto Rico as well," Schaefer told BoxingScene.com.
"We're looking at working with some of the Olympians as well, together. We have a really nice relationship. Cotto's company handles our closed circuit and our pay-per-view business in Puerto Rico. [Golden Boy President] Oscar [De La Hoya] is actually in Puerto Rico now. I know Oscar and Miguel are going to get together. They like to play golf together. We have a great working relationship."
In addition, Schaefer said former IBF and WBA beltholder Amir Khan (26-3, 18 KOs) is expected to return to the ring on Dec. 15 at a site and against an opponent to be determined. Khan is coming off of losses to Lamont Peterson and Danny Garcia by split-decision and fourth-round knockout in December and on July 14, respectively.
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