Prizefighter Tribute: Miguel Cotto
The Heart of a Lion
Cotto's Top Five Victories
Miguel Cotto has many great wins but, for many reasons the five fights that I have listed below seem to stand out. Fill free to give your opinion on your favorite Miguel Cotto bout in the comments box at the bottom of this page.
1. Cotto T.K.O. 9 Antonio Margarito: Miguel Cotto won nearly every round and avenged a previous defeat. Cotto used his jab, left hook and wonderful movement to dominate The Tijuana Tornado. It was a beautiful thing watching Cotto jab and hook his way to a technical knockout. Revenge is a dish best served cold and in this bout Cotto was indeed cold-hearted.
2. Cotto won in 12 over Sugar Shane Mosley: Cotto fought and won a close fight against Mosley by mixing up boxing and slugging. Cotto boxed well with his jab and that was the difference in the bout. The bout was heated during the middle rounds with neither fighter gaining a major edge.
3. Cotto T.K.O. in 11 Zab Judah: Cotto was rocked a few times in this brawl at Madison Square Garden but ended up knocking out Super Zab with left hooks which came behind pressure and a splendid jab. The Garden was on its feet as the two boxers traded uppercuts and hooks at ring center. A contender for fight of the year with lots of ebb and flow.
4. Cotto K.O. 5 Carlos Quintana: Cotto had to recover from being badly hurt and show heart and discipline to come back and win which he did by emphatic knockout. Cotto landed head and body shots in combination to finish his countryman. Cotto weathered the storm in his first true test in the squared circle.
5. Cotto W12 Paulie Malignaggi: Miguel Cotto beat Magic Man Malignaggi from pillar to post for a dominate victory. Paulie landed some solid jabs and right hands too but he was simply outgunned. Cotto landed crunching body shots, big left hooks and hard rights to keep Paulie on the defensive for most of the bout.
Pride of a Nation
Miguel Cotto has won titles in the Jr. Welterweight, Welterweight and Jr. Middleweight Divisions(twice). Cotto started out as a brawler with a brutal body attack but, over the years he has transformed into more of a boxer puncher. He was born in Puerto Rico and has been fighting professionally since 2001 and he is going at it.
Cotto is known for his heart in the ring as demonstrated by the wars he has waged in the ring. Cotto won the one hundred forty pound belt in his 21st bout against undefeated Kelson Pinto and defended it six times before vacating to move up to the Welterweight Division. Among the Jr. Welters he scorched was Paulie Malignaggi, Randal Bailey and DeMarcus Corley.
In his first 147 pound match he knocked out Carlos Quintana in five rounds to win the vacant Championship. He defended his crown four times including big wins over Zab Judah by knockout and Sugar Shane Mosley. Antonio Margarito handed Miguel Cotto his first defeat, although most believe Margarito cheated with loaded gloves but, that is an argument for another day.
After this setback, Cotto won a vacant Welterweight strap an defended it once before getting beat down by Manny Pacquiao. After this, Cotto stormed back winning the Jr. Middleweight Championship from Yuri Foreman by K.O. and then defending his crown twice knocking out Ricardo Mayorga and avenging a loss by knocking out Antonio Margarito.
He lost his 154 pound laurels to the great Floyd Mayweather Jr. by a competitive decision loss. Cotto is scheduled to fight WBA Jr. Middleweight Champion, Austin Trout next week. As it stands, he is already done enough to merit induction into the Hall of Fame but, the best may be yet to come because Cotto seems amazingly to be boxing better than ever. He can box from the outside but everyone loves it when he fights on the inside and unleashes deadly left hooks to the body. Cotto is also known for his tremendous heart.
When the Pride of Puerto Rico calls it a day he can hold his head high because win or lose he showed heart and he took on all comers ducking no one.
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