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I have no idea what it is but I have never really taken to Miguel Cotto, both as a person and as a boxer.
Maybe it's because the Puerto Rican (heavily regarded as a Puerto Rican even though he was born in New York) comes across as generally...blah, and as a boxer, he has got a reputation for being a bit of a plodder by a lot of boxing fans.
Saying that, Miguel 'The Angel' Cotto is still one heck of a fighter who has beaten a lot of good modern names!
He first won the Light-Welterweight title in 2004 by beating Kelson Pinto, who was undefeated at the time and was a big puncher, with a record of 20 Wins, No Losses and 18 KO's.
He lost his title to Cotto in the 6th round by TKO and then started a 6 defense reign of his belt until Miguel decided to move up to Welterweight.
A big factor as to why he moved up was because of the fact that he was weight drained at Light-Welter, an issue where a boxer has a problem in shifting excess weight to make a certain weight limit, and this resulted in Cotto's punch resistance to be not as good as it could be at a higher weight.
However, it did result in a minor classic fight between him and Ricardo Torres in 2005, when both fighters hit the deck a number of times throughout this 7 round slugfest until, finally, Torres had nothing left and the referee called a halt to the bout.
I think it was here, that I actually started to take notice of Cotto!
So, with Cotto's move to Welterweight, on came the really big fights.
After dealing with Carlos Quintana when Carlos retired at the end of the 5th round, he made a routine defense against Oktay Urkal and then went up against the very speedy Zab Judah.
Zab, at this point, had already been fined and suspended from boxing after causing a riot in the boxing ring by attacking the referee who said he could not continue in his bout with Kostya Tszyu, so I was curious to see if Judah could rattle the much laid back Cotto.
However, it was Miguel who fought dirty in the bout, low blowing Zab early in the fight when he was in trouble.
I was expecting Judah to retaliate, but to my surprise, he kept his cool and continued as normal.
Eventually, Cotto took over and won by an 11th round stoppage as Zab could not match Cotto's adjustments.
In a much anticipated fight, Miguel Cotto fought Shane Mosley in 2007 where many fans were divided as to who won the fight. Shane, at this point, gave Cotto the toughest fight of his career and he lasted until the final bell but did not get the decision when the judges voted unanimously against him.
In 2008, what was to become the most controversial fight in a long time, was Antonio Margarito vs Miguel Cotto.
This was the big one that I was very much looking forward to.
I was a big fan of Margarito, he was a hard hitter, durable and had the ability to walk down his opponents and would never stop coming!
However, this fight bought the best out of Cotto that I had seen, to be quite frank, as Cotto was outscoring him and he seemed to land at will with little much coming from Margarito.
However, something was definetely up as Cotto began to slow from the 6th round onward and Margarito caught Cotto with a wicked uppercut.
The facial damage on Miguel was becoming apparent and Margarito was able to win the fight in the 11th round when Cotto was knocked down twice and his trainer jumped into the ring to save him from further punishment.
However, there has been a lot of suspicion about that fight ever since Antonio was caught with hard wraps inside his gloves in the dressing room just before his bout with Shane Mosley, and considering that Mosley was considered to be past his best (Shane won in a big upset), it did not make sense why Antonio would need any extra help.
However, it has been said that photos of the Cotto fight have shown Margarito to have the same mysterious pinkish dye on his hand wraps that were also found on his wraps for the Mosley fight!
So, who knows?
Margarito is yet to get a decision on whether he is allowed to box again.
Cotto bounced back and won the WBO title against Englishman, Michael Jennings with a 5th round TKO.
Two fights later, he fought the highly regarded boxer, Manny Pacquiao, in which he was to lose in the 12th and final round when the referee stopped the bout, yet, he did give a good account of himself!
That brings us up to speed on Miguel Cotto, who is yet to finalise his next fight but rumours abound that he may be stepping up to, yet, another weight division in a bid to become a 3 weight champion.
As a fighter, Miguel always gave his best and had the physical attributes to bother, even the best fighters, however he does not set a fast pace in his fights, the Torres fight being an exception and that was more due to Torres dictacting that fight than Cotto.
He is a hard hitter but relies a lot on a knockout coming naturally, much in the same way as Lennox Lewis did.
As a boxing fan, I have the feeling that he will be one of those fighters that I will appreciate more when he is gone, much in the same way many fight fans feel when Lennox Lewis left the sport.
From here on, I wish him nothing but the best for the future, even though I am not a crazy Cotto fan.
Review by Lee Skavydis.
Sorry before I start can everyone read tommyhearns's review on Cotto as well as it's exceptional good luck on getting a crown for that mate as it really is good.
Man after reading that it really will be hard to beat but lets start at the beginning.
Miguel Angel Cotto was born on October 29, 1980 in Caugas Puerto Rico to a family that has over recent years become engrossed in boxing, with Miguel and his brother Jose' Miguel Cotto, as well as uncle (and trainer) Evangelista.
Puerto Rican boxing:
For those not familiar with boxing Puerto Rico, much like Mexico is a bit of a boxing hotbed of talent with a nice long list of Former or current world champions (over 50 in fact) including:
Sixto Escobar (the first Puerto Rican world champion) down at Batamweight
Carlos Ortiz (the first Puerto Rican to win titles in 2 weights) at Lightweight and Light Welterweight
Jose Torres at Light Heavyweight
Wilfred Benítez (first Puerto Rican world champion in 3 weights) at Light Welterweight, Welterweight and Light Middleweight
Wilfredo Gómez at Super bantamweight, featherweight and super featherweight
Carlos De León at Cruiserweight
Héctor Camacho (First and only Puerto Rican to have won world titles at 7 weights)*at Super featherweight, lightweight, light welterweight, welterweight, middleweight, super middleweight and light middleweight
Felix "Tito" Trinidad at Welterweight, Light Middleweight and Middleweight
John Ruiz (First and only Puerto Rican to win a world heavyweight title) at Heavyweight
Ivan Calderon at Minimumweight and light flyweight
and most recently the KO sensation Juan Manuel López (Junama) at Super Bantamweight.
As an Amateur:
Cotto had a stellar amateur career appearing in:
1998 Junior World Championships (silver)
1999 Pan-Am Games
2000 Sydney Olympic Games (losing in the first round to eventual Gold Medallist Mohammad Abdullaev, who Cotto has beaten since both turned Pro)
Cotto Turned Pro in 2001 where his talent lit up the then talent packed 140 (light welterweight) division, which had the likes of Kostya Tsyzu, Zab Judah, and Demarcus Corley at the top, our own Ricky Hatton holding the lightly regarded WBU belt. After racking up 6 fights in 2001 (6-0 (4)) 2002 was looking bright for him.
2002 had 7 fights all wins winning 6 of those inside the distance (taking his record for 1 January 2003 to 13-0 (10)), having only been taken the distance by John Brown who had twice fought for the IBF Super Feathweight title against Steve Forbes (some may recognise the name from The Contender).
2003 Saw Cotto go 5-0 (5) including wins over former Lightweight World champion Cesar Bazan and future and future Light Welter champion Carlos Maussa. As well as these two excellent victories Cotto collected a few trinkets along the way most noteably the WBC International Light Welterweight Title.
2004 Started with a fight against the experienced Victoriano Sosa (KO 4) then he faced the tough Australian (via South Africa) Lovemore N'dou, who took Cotto the distance for the first time since the John Brown fight. N'dou would later become a world champion himself, and has still never been stopped.
On the 11th October 2004 after just 20 fights he took on Kelson Pinto (21-0) for the Vacant WBO Light Welterweigth title. Cotto stopped Pinto in the sixth to claim his first world championship that he defended his title 6 times.
The first of these defenses was against Randall Bailey which was stopped on cuts to Bailey's in the 6th round after being dropped twice.
2005 Started with a tough test against former WBO light welterweight titlist DeMarcus "chop chop" Corley who was 29-3-1 and had never been stopped. Cotto beat him by TKO in round 5 and followed this with the revenge win over Mohamad Abdulaev via TKO in round 9. 2005 Ended with another stoppage win, this time over previously undefeated KO machine Ricardo Torres (28-0 (26)), Cotto took his 0 via 7th round KO. Torres, like many of Cotto's victims, would go on to win a world title.
2006 Continued in the same vein with a win over Gianluca Branco who was 36-1-1 (only loss was via points to Aturo "Thunder" Gatti). Cotto stopped him in the 8th. Before facing another unbeaten future world champion in the form of powder punching Paul Malignaggi who took a tremendous 12 round beating (much to Malignaggi's respect) losing on points.
Stepping up to Welterweight:
Cotto had been struggling to make the weight at 140 and so stepped up, straight into a WBA welterweight title fight against another unbeaten Puerto Rican (and another future world champion) in Carlos Quintana. Quintana was 23-0-0 with 18 KO's and coming off a then career best win against Joel Julio (27-0-0) by a points win.
Quintana was pulled out after 5 one sided rounds making it 3-0 for 2006 and 28-0 for his career upto then, winning a second world title.
Between 2005 and 2007 Cotto's opponents had a combined record of 152-5-2 and included 3 previously unbeaten future world champions, 1 former world champio and a former Olympic Gold medallist.
2007 started with the first defence of his WBA welterweight title, against Otkay Urkal who was 38-3-0 and had only been beaten in title fights (he was 0-3 in them losing twice to Vivian Harris and once to Kostya Tsyzu). Cotto stopped Urkal in the 11th round after being well ahead on points anyway.
Next came Zab Judah (34-4-0) in the summer of 2007, Judah was a 2 weight champion (Light Welterweight and Welterweight, where he held 3 Major belts). Though with losses in previous fights to Carlos Baldomir and Floyd Mayweather Jr (both by points) and having gone 0-2-0-1 in his previous 3 perhaps (just maybe) this fight should have bee questioned more than it has been. Judah got stopped for the second time in his career (previously stopped by Kostya Tsyzu) in the 11th round.
Next he fought a shoe-in for the Hall of Fame in "Sugar" Shane Mosley in a fight that was described as "a rare moment in sports when a sudden star rises from what is categorically termed as goodness, to the cusp of greatness." (Vivek Wallace from East Side Boxing). Cotto won the fight on a rather close points decision against the former 3 weight champion (Lightweight, Welterweight and Light Middleweight). In beating Mosley, Cotto became only the third man to beat him (both Ronalrd "Winky" Wright and Vernon Forrest have 2 wins each over Mosley).
After a long line of tough fights came a relative gimme against Alfonso Gomez (of "The Contender" fame) who was 18-3-2 and coming off good wins over Ben Tackie (points) and Aturo Gatti (KO7). Cotto stopped Gomez for the first time in his career (a retirement after round 5).
The First loss:
Cotto faced off against the 36-5-0 "Tijuana Tornado" Antonio Margarito on the 26th July 2008 in what I class as the fight of the year. Despite the 5 losses on "Tony's" record, 3 were in his first 12 fights, 1 was a technical decision and 1 was to "The Punisher" Paul Williams who is currently resembling the great Tommy Hearns.
Margarito had often been labelled the most avoided fighter in the sport, mainly as none of the money fights had gone his way (notably a fight with Floyd Mayweather Jnr, a fighter many have said avoided Cotto, and Williams). This was to be the fight to decided the #1 Welterweight in the world and the hype had been coming since the fight was first mooted unlike most fights...this lived up to it.
Cotto taking the first 5 or so rounds boxing beautifully, just totally outclassing the clumsy but relentless Margarito. The pressure paid off in the second half of the fight with Tony slowly but surely starting to control the fight and making a mess of Cotto's face until Cotto could no longer carry on and was TKO'd in the 11th round.
Cotto's next match will be against britains Michael Jennings (34-1-0 (16)) in a fight for the WBO welterweight title. In what is expected to be a walk over for Cotto to ease himself back into the ring after the fearful beating against Margarito.
Jose' Miguel Cotto is 28-1-1 and is 0-1-1 in title fights, where as Miguel Angel Cotto is 12-1 in title fights and 32-1-0.
No less than 5 of Cotto's opponents have gone on to win world titles since Cotto beat them.
Cotto only has 1 first round KO and that was his debut against Jason Doucet depsite 26 KO wins in 33 fights.
Cotto beat 6 previously undefeated fighters, 4 of which won world titles.
* Some of these titles were with lowly regarded organisations including the WBE, IBC and NBA
Height 5' 7"
Hometown: Caguas, Puerto Rico
Manager/Trainer: Evangelista Cotto (Uncle)
Promoted by Top Rank, Inc.
Miguel Cotto, a Puerto Rican professional boxer is the former WBO Light Welterweight and WBA Welterweight Champion of the world. He currently holds a record of 33 fights, 32 wins (26 KO's) and 1 defeat. Cotto is widely considered as a top 10 pound for pound fighter.
"I've always dreamed of being one of the greatest champions from Puerto Rico, like Wilfred Benitez and Felix Trinidad. I am on my way." Cotto is already the biggest boxing attraction from Puerto Rico. A relentless, intelligent, fast, powerful boxer who follows the old saying "killing the body, kill the head" approach did exactly that when he blow away Kelson Pinto via a 6th round KO thereby claiming the WBO light welterweight crown.
Although skilfully supreme, Cotto had one vulnerability, which made him an even greater attraction. Ricardo Torres, a hard punching Columbian exposed Cotto's weak chin and came close to handing Miguel his first defeat, after knocking him down on several occasions. However, Cotto showed sheer determination and heart to trade blow for blow and to score his own knockdowns to stop Torres in the 7th round.
In 2006, Miguel Cotto headlined at Madison Square Garden against the then undefeated Paul Malignaggi was Cotto's sixth and final opponent at light welterweight. The Puerto Rican put on a boxing master class, opening up a vicious cut over Malignaggi's right eye, hindering his performance throughout the fight. Cotto won a unanimous decision and Malignaggi had to be taken to hospital as he suffered a fractured orbital bone and a broken jaw.
Moving up to 147 pounds (Welterweight), Cotto faced the WBA Champion, Carlos Quintana, another undefeated boxer at the time. Each punch Cotto landed damaged his man, even the jabs to the body seemed to hurt Quintana. Miguel made extremely light work of his fellow Puerto Rican, who was hurt in the 5th round from a lethal body blow and decided to retire before the start of the 6th round, allowing Cotto to claim the WBA crown in his first fight at welterweight. After the fight he said "As always, I go in to fight my fight and win round by round...My shots were bigger, and he didn't stand up to it."
Moving on to bigger paydays and much tougher opponents, Cotto defended his title against former undisputed welterweight champion, Zab Judah on June 7, in front of a sell out Madison Square Garden again. The bout featured several low blows from Cotto's part, which led to a 1-point deduction from his score. Nevertheless, Cotto won by TKO in the 11th round. Judah argued the low blows "took a lot out of me" and claimed the referee was biased.
In what was quite possibly a career defining match up, Cotto faced his toughest test to date in a sure fire hall of famer, Sugar Shane Mosley. The fight was described "a rare moment in sports when a sudden star rises from what is categorically termed as goodness, to the cusp of greatness." Both fighters put on a tremendous performance, but Cotto prevailed earning a unanimous decision.
The fight against Mosley labelled as a war of speed, cemented Cotto's place in the world top 10 pound for pound fighters. By this time he had also won boxer of the year on several occasions from boxing organisations and sports associations.
At the time pound for pound king and number 1 ranked welterweight, Floyd Mayweather was supposedly not interested in fighting Cotto despite a huge payday opportunity. Cotto turned his attention to taking on "the most avoided man in boxing", Antonio Margarito. The Mexican who is a lanky, powerful and unmovable opponent had struggled to obtain a fight and had lost his title to Paul Williams, was given an opportunity by Cotto for a July 26 fight. But this was on the condition Margarito beat Kermit Cintron (IBF welterweight champion) and Cotto successfully defended his title against Alfonso Gomez.
Gomez proved no match for Cotto who his man down three times, once with a powerful jab and another with a vicious body blow. Cotto won the bout after the doctor indicated to the referee Gomez couldn't continue at the end of the 5th round. After the fight, Fightwriter.com's Graham Houston reported, "Miguel Cotto just seems to get better all the time. He was faster and slicker than I have ever seen him...The methodical, break-them-down fighter of his early career has evolved into a multidimensional boxer-fighter who can, as they say, do it all."
On the same night Margarito stopped Cintron for the second time in his career via a 6th round knockout and claiming the IBF title.
As was hoped Cotto and Margarito collided on July 26. Before the fight promoter Bob Arum said ""I get really excited about a fight like this because I know it can't be anything but great. That's why we're calling it 'The Battle.' It's a tough-ass fight. Two real men fighting. There won't be any playing around. No ducking or dodging. These are two guys who will go at it. That is their style. And don't forget the element that it is Mexico vs. Puerto Rico, which is the great rivalry in boxing."
In what was one of the most highly anticipated fights of the year, it did nothing else but deliver all expectations. Cotto dominated the early rounds landing breathtaking combinations and proving problems for Margarito with his incredible hand speed. The Puerto Rican kept a tight defence whilst showing great footwork to move away from danger for six rounds. But Margarito did what he does best and eventually upped the pressure to get Cotto against the ropes and deliver devastating left upper cuts and damaging body blows half way through round seven. A determined Cotto but hurt Cotto survived the round escaping with a nose bleed. With the majority of the crowd chanting for the Mexican Margarito, Cotto came back in the 8th round showing some more swift combinations and damaging left hooks that would knock any other normal opponent out. Unphased and still fresh Margarito piled on the pressure eventually trapping Cotto again to inflict more damage towards the end of the 10th round leaving him to bleed profusely. Cotto tried to continue in the 11th round; however Margarito ended the fight scoring two knockdowns, although on both occasions, Cotto down voluntarily prompting his trainer/uncle to call the fight off. HBO's Max Kellerman dubbed the fight "a boxing classic"
Although the division saw a new king and a top 10 pound for pound fighter, the loss did nothing to damage Cotto's reputation. Miguel showed his supreme ferocious skills and is still one of the boxing's prized assets.
The roots of Cotto's impeccable skills come from his extensive amateur background. He represented Puerto Rico in the 1999 Pan American Games, 2000 Summer Olympics and the 1998 Junior World Championships where he won a silver medal. Compiling a record of 102 wins at amateur level, Cotto became Puerto Rican national champion at several weight classes.
In 2001, Miguel Cotto's boxing career was in jeopardy after he apparently fell asleep at the wheel of a car whilst driving to training. Cotto suffered an arm injury which required hospitalisation. Successful treatment allowed him to return to the ring after a two year lay-off.
Miguel Cotto's next fight is against Michael Jenning's who holds a record of 34 wins (16 by KO) and 1 loss.