*Note: WBC title on the line for Canelo Alvarez only, after Cotto allegedly failed to pay a WBC sanctioning fee.
Puerto Rican fighting legend Miguel Cotto is LIVE on BoxNation this Saturday night from 1am as he defends his WBC World Middleweight Title against Canelo Alvarez.
Here, we bring you 13 facts you might not have known about the 35-year-old star.
1) Though both parents are Puerto Ricans, Miguel was actually born in Providence, Rhode Island, USA. The family returned to Caguas on the Caribbean island before Miguel was two years old.
2) Cotto hails from a boxing family. His late father (Miguel Sr), his uncle and cousin all boxed. Both older brothers fought on the Puerto Rico amateur team with Jose competing at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics and later challenging Juan Diaz for the WBA lightweight title.
3) Miguel initially started boxing at the Bairoa gym in Caguas, aged 11, to lose weight.
4) In 1993, aged just 12, he lost to future WBO minimumweight and WBO light-flyweight champion Ivan Calderon. The pair later became great friends.
5) As an amateur, Cotto had a 125-23 record. He won four successive Puerto Rican national titles (1997-2000), a gold medal at the 1997 Pan Am games (Columbia) and a silver medal at the 1998 World Juniors (Argentina). He also represented Puerto Rico at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, whilst still a teenager.
6) He turned professional with Bob Arum's Top Rank company in February 2001. However, after just six pro bouts, his career was almost finished when he fell asleep at the wheel and crashed into a concrete wall whilst driving to the gym. He broke his arm and shoulder in four places and still has a 6in titanium rod in his right arm.
7) Cotto first became a world champion in September 2004, stopping Brazilian banger Kelson Pinto (21-0) for the vacant WBO light-welter title in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico. Pinto had defeated Miguel twice in the amateurs.
8) In the third defence of that title, Cotto stopped Muhammad Abdullaev in nine rounds. The Uzbek had eliminated Cotto at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and advanced to capture the gold medal.
9) For the first eight years of his pro career, Cotto was trained by his uncle Evangelista. However, the pair had a very public and very violent fall out in April 2009 when they brawled at the gym. Evangelista then threw a concrete block through the window of his nephew's Jaguar! Today Miguel is coached by Freddie Roach at the Wild Card gym in Hollywood, California.
10) In June 2014, Cotto became the first and only Puerto Rican to win world titles in four separate weight divisions when he forced WBC middleweight king Sergio Martinez to retire after nine rounds. The Argentinean was on the floor four times, three in the opening round. Cotto is one of just 16 quadruple weight world champions in boxing history.
11) Cotto is a huge favourite with New York's huge Puerto Rican community. In ten fights at Madison Square Garden, only Austin Trout has beaten him. In 2010, he captured his third world title (WBA light-middle) by stopping Yuri Foreman at Yankee Stadium. Seven of his NYC fights, including Geale, have been scheduled for the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade, a march along Fifth Avenue on the second Sunday in June.
12) Thus far, Cotto has been victorious in 19 of 23 world title fights as sanctioned by the four major governing bodies and has a 15-4 slate in fights against former, current or future world champions.
13) Eight of Cotto's fights have been pay-per-view events (seven on HBO, one on Showtime). The biggest take ups were 1.25 million buys for his November 2009 twelfth round stoppage loss to Manny Pacquiao and 1.5 million buys for his May 2012 points loss to Floyd Mayweather. The latter generated $94million!