Miguel Cotto will go down in history as one of Puerto Rico’s boxing greats, no mean feat for an island steeped in fight history.
He has become one of the most popular overseas fighters to feature on BoxNation and is surely a first ballot Hall of Famer.
Cotto insists he’ll retire at the end of this year, but is in action against Japanese rival Yoshihiro Kamegai on August 26 when the WBO super-welterweight title is at stake - his seventh contest on BoxNation.
Cotto, 36, has celebrated many great wins during a glorious 45-fight career that has brought him world titles at light-welterweight, welterweight, light-middleweight and middleweight.
Puerto Rican legends such as Wilfredo Benitez, Hector Camacho, Wilfredo Gomez, Felix Trinidad and Wilfredo Vazquez have won world championships at three weights, which shows what a remarkable career Cotto has enjoyed.
Cotto is a personal favourite of BoxNation’s Steve Lillis who recalls his five favourite Cotto moments.
June 2014 v SERGIO MARTINEZ W RTD 10
Martinez might have been carrying injuries caused by a long career, but many experts still tipped the Argentinian to topple Cotto. He never looked like stopping Cotto from becoming the first Puerto Rican to win a world title in four different weight divisions.
Cotto was scarily dominant and the match was as good as over in the first round when Martinez was floored four times. Cotto worked over Martinez with surgeon like precision, and he went down again in round nine.
When he returned to the corner, the bell rang to sound round ten and despite the protests of Martinez for one more round trainer Pablo Sarmiento has seen enough. It was a fantastic display from Cotto and one that reminded us to treasure him while he is still around.
Dec 2011 v ANTONIO MARGARITO W RTD 9
Margarito isn’t the best boxer Cotto ever faced, but the man he detested more than any other rival. The Mexican had battered Cotto into submission three years earlier in a sensational Las Vegas shootout, but the result was ‘tainted’ over Margarito allegedly wearing loaded gloves.
Cotto dished out a fearful beating and there was no sympathy for his rival when he was pulled out by his corner. Margarito’s face was an ugly mess of bumps and bruises.
Nov 2007 v SHANE MOSLEY W PTS
Many tipsters believed ‘Sugar’ Shane’s speed would be key, and he was also in form having racked up a string of wins ahead of the bout. Both men had their moments, but Cotto was the dominant fighter for much of the contest.
The Puerto Rican was hurt in round nine and Mosley finished strongly, but Cotto did enough to merit the unanimous decision 115-113 (twice) and 116-113.
June 2006 v PAULIE MALIGNAGGI W PTS
When Cotto dished out a beating to New Yorker Malignaggi the win wasn’t initially given a stack of credit. But since then, Malignaggi has proven himself as one of the very best operators in the light-welterweight and welterweight division.
Malignaggi showed true grit and on occasions threatened a monumental upset, but Cotto finished strong to snatch the verdict. Malignaggi has subsequently said that is the only time he left a boxing ring believing he had fought a great. High praise.
June 2007 v ZAB JUDAH W TKO 11
Madison Square Garden was again rammed to see Cotto face another New York favourite in his second WBA welterweight title defence.
Cotto was in a 97-91 lead on the cards when Arthur Mercante Jr stopped the contest after Judah went down for the second time.
It was an all-action brawl and one of the best contests in 2007 in front of a sold out 20,658 crowd. It was the win that set Cotto up for big name fights.
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