By Gabriel F. Cordero
Upon his arrival in Managua, Nicaragua, former two-division world champion Ricardo Mayorga announced that he has signed a contract to challenge WBA super welterweight world champion Miguel Cotto, with the bout possibly landing in Las Vegas on March 12. Mayorga has also been mentioned as a possible challenger for WBA middleweight champion Felix Sturm on February 19 in Stuttgart, Germany. It was the first time Mayorga has been in his native country in nearly four years due to legal problems. “I dreamed for many months of returning to my country. I am very happy to return to Nicaragua, and I thank God, my mother, but most of all President Daniel Ortega for having supported me,” said the 37-year-old Mayorga, who in his first bout in over two years stopped Michael Walker in round nine Friday night in Miami.
In other Mayorga news, the boxer has flatly denied the truth of a Wikileaks cable that alleged that Mayorga agreed to publicly support Ortega and give a large portion of his earnings to the Sandinista National Liberation Front in exchange for making a 2004 rape charge go away. “Absolutely not true,” Mayorga stated.