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|Real name||Miguel Ángel Cotto|
|Nickname(s)||Junito, El Angel|
|Rated at||Light Welterweight|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Born|| October 29, 1980 |
Caguas, Puerto Rico
|Wins by KO||30|
|Real name||Miguel Ángel Cotto|
|Nickname(s)||Junito, El Angel|
|Rated at||Light Welterweight|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
|Born|| October 29, 1980 |
Caguas, Puerto Rico
|Wins by KO||30|
Miguel Ángel Cotto (born on October 29, 1980) is a Puerto Rican professional boxer. Cotto is a former WBA (Super) Light Middleweight Champion. He is the younger brother of contender Jose Miguel Cotto and cousin of Abner Cotto and Carlos Cotto. He is a four-time world champion in three weight divisions (light welterweight, welterweight and light middleweight).
On September 11, 2004, Cotto faced Kelson Pinto from Brazil, for the vacant WBO Light Welterweight title. This represented the third fight between them, with Pinto being victorious in their two previous encounters, both of which took place while they were still amateurs. Many fight fans feel this was due to the training from Edward Bemis in Puerto Rico. The fight was televised by HBO from San Juan, Puerto Rico. During this card, Cotto utilized a defensive stance with his hands in a high position instead of his usual aggressive orthodox stance. Over the course of the fight Cotto scored three knockdowns and won the fight by knockout in the sixth round.
On December 11, 2004, he successfully defended his title, beating former world champion Randall Bailey by knockout in the sixth round, as part of the Vitali Klitschko-Danny Williams undercard in Las Vegas. Cotto's performance was described as a result of hand speed and accuracy. During the fight, Bailey received punches in his face that opened cuts over and under both of his eyes. As a result of the cuts, Bailey was examined by the ringside physician. Following this, Bailey expressed that he did not want to continue and the referee stopped the fight at 1:39 of the sixth round. Eleven days later, on December 22, 2004, the Puerto Rican boxing commission named Cotto as Puerto Rico's fighter of the year for 2004. Cotto's second title defense took place on February 26, 2005 in the Rubén Rodríguez in Bayamón, Puerto Rico against Demarcus Corley. During the fight, Cotto practiced a boxing style that was more aggressive than usual, trading hits with Corley over the course of the first round. During the fight, both boxers were deducted one point following illegal low blows. Cotto scored three knockdowns before the fight was stopped by the referee at 2:45 of the fifth round following a combination by Miguel. Corley claimed that the referee stopped the fight prematurely, stating "the ref just stopped the fight premature. If he wanted to stop the fight, he could have stopped it when I had [Cotto] hurt." Just a few days after retaining the crown versus Corley, Cotto received a personal blow when his stablemate and friend, former 2004 Olympian Joseph Serrano, was shot in the head upon leaving the Bairoa gym. Serrano survived the shot, but was in critical yet stable condition at a local hospital.
On June 11, 2005, Cotto faced former Olympic gold medalist Mohamed Abdulaev from Uzbekistan. As amateurs, Abdulaev eliminated Cotto from the first round of the 2000 Sydney Olympics. This time they met as professionals in New York City's Madison Square Garden. Before the beginning of the fight, Cotto received a positive ovation from the public. During the first round, Miguel went on the offensive, scoring hits on Abdullaev's head and body while he was in a defensive stance. In the fourth round, a left hook by Miguel hurt Abdullaev, who proceeded to focus his hits on Cotto's body. Abdullaev's offense was effective in the sixth and seventh rounds and as a result of this, Cotto assumed a defensive stance. Following the eighth round, Abdullaev's eye was swollen to the point of being almost entirely closed. In the ninth round, following accurate punches by Cotto, the fight's referee paused the fight and asked the ringside doctor to examine Abdullaev's eye. After being examined by the doctor, Abdullaev indicated to the referee that he could not continue and Cotto retained the Light Welterweight Championship.
Miguel's third championship defense took place on September 24, 2005 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, against Ricardo Torres of Colombia. In the first round, Cotto had an offensive advantage and scored a knockdown on Torres. In the second round, after trading hits, Torres scored a knockdown on Miguel. The last seconds of the round were evenly matched with both boxers finishing the round injured. Cotto was apparently in better condition when the third round began and was dominating the fight at that point. With two minutes remaining in the round, one of Cotto's punches landed in Torres' beltline. Following this, Torres was granted thirty seconds to recover by the referee. Cotto dominated the fourth round and Torres won the fifth. Cotto scored a knockdown and won the sixth round. At 1:24 of the seventh round, a left hook by Cotto knocked Torres out.
On March 4, 2006, Cotto retained his WBO title by knocking out Gianluca Branco, who had to give up during the eighth round of their bout due to a shoulder injury. Cotto dominated the fight as a result of jab combinations in a card that took place in Bayamón, Puerto Rico.
Cotto's next scheduled match was against the then-undefeated Paul Malignaggi in a fight that took place on June 10, 2006 in Madison Square Garden. Cotto opened a cut over Malignaggi's right eye in the first round, which, according to Malignaggi, affected his performance over the course of the fight, by stating "this was the first time in which I was cut, and the blood kept going into my eye. And it bothered me the entire fight. I was not able to see very well. Cotto's a great fighter, but I'm disappointed, as I wanted to be the champion." Cotto won the fight by unanimous decision with scores of 116–111 and 115–112. Malignaggi suffered a fractured right orbital bone and his jaw was injured. He was taken to Roosevelt Hospital after the fight's outcome was announced.
Cotto relinquished his title in late 2006 and announced his intention to move to the welterweight division to challenge Carlos Quintana for the WBA Championship. The fight took place on December 2, 2006. Cotto defeated Quintana by technical knockout in the fifth round. Following a punch to the body, Quintana surrendered prior to the start of the sixth round and Cotto won the vacant World Boxing Association Welterweight Championship. Cotto's welterweight reign began successfully on March 3, 2007 when he retained his belt with a technical knock out victory in the eleventh round over Oktay Urkal. Urkal's corner threw in the towel because he was apparently down in the fight and had just had a second point deducted for a head butt, leading to his corner's belief that the referee was unfair.
On June 9, 2007, Cotto defended the WBA title against Zab Judah in New York City, performing before a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden. The bout included a knockdown and a point deduction registered for Cotto, who established dominance on the offensive following a close start. At the moment of the stoppage, the judges had Cotto leading 97–91. Cotto won by technical knockout in the eleventh round when the referee stopped the fight.
Miguel Cotto and Shane Mosley fought on November 10, 2007 at Madison Square Garden in a card made possible by a legal settlement between Top Rank Boxing, Cotto's promoter and Mosley's promoter, Golden Boy Promotions. The fight was broadcast on HBO Pay-Per-View and was won by Cotto via unanimous decision. During the course of the fight, Cotto pursued Mosley, who was reacting in a slow fashion. Late in the fight, Mosley displayed more aggression, at one point becoming the aggressor. Cotto's performance 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." On April 12, 2008, Cotto successfully defended the championship against Alfonso Gómez. Throughout the fight, Cotto scored three knockdowns before the fight was stopped following the fifth round, when the doctor indicated to the referee that Gómez could not continue. Cotto was selected the World Boxing Association's "Boxer of the Year" during the organization's annual award celebration, which took place in Buenos Aires.
On July 26, 2008, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Cotto suffered his first loss as a professional to Antonio Margarito in an unsuccessful title defense. Cotto had taken the early initiative, frequently landing a series of punches on Margarito during the early rounds while using his footwork to avoid danger. However, Margarito presented constant offensive pressure of Cotto and eventually began to wear down Cotto's resistance by trapping him against the ropes. Cotto was hurt in the seventh round after a pair of Margarito uppercuts caused his nose to bleed. Margarito continued to chase his opponent down and inflicted further damage towards the end of the tenth round. Margarito then threw a series of punches at the start of the eleventh round, with Cotto against the ropes and bleeding profusely. A combination from Margarito finally forced Cotto to his knee. He got up, but Margarito continued landing combinations. Evangelista Cotto threw in the towel after Cotto again fell to the canvas in the corner of the ring. Two judges had Margarito ahead by a score of 96–94 at the time of the stoppage, while the third scored the fight even. Cotto believes that Margarito cheated because there was a picture of Margarito with his glove off and his wrap was cracked HBO analyst Harold Lederman had also scored the fight even. Cotto's loss to Margarito has since come under suspicion due to Margarito's subsequent attempted use of illegal hand-wraps in a fight against Shane Mosley.
Cotto returned to action on February 21, 2009 in a card held at the Madison Square Garden, this time competing against Michael Jennings for the vacant WBO Welterweight title. After both pugilists used the first round to study their opponent's style, the tempo accelerated during the second. In the third, Cotto pursued the offensive more fluidly, connecting with jabs and hooks. One round later, Cotto scored two knockdowns on Jennings, who was able to continue until the recess. In the fifth, Jennings was trapped against the ropes, which Cotto utilized to connect a right hook to score a third knockdown. Jennings incorporated, but the referee decided to stop the fight. With this action, Cotto was awarded a technical knockout victory, in the process winning his second championship in the welterweight division. On April 8, 2009, Cotto fired his uncle from the team's staff, following a violent discussion where his property was damaged. However, neither side expressed interest in pursuing any sort of legal action. Consequently, Cotto named Joe Santiago, who had served as the team's nutritionist, as his new trainer.
On June 13, 2009, Cotto defended this championship against Joshua Clottey in a fight that was originally intended to be a unification that also included the IBF's title. In the first round, Cotto scored a knockdown after connecting a jab. In the third round, an accidental head clash opened a severe laceration over Cotto's left eye. The injury bled profusely during the fourth round, but he was able to control the pace. In the fifth round, Clottey was pushed to the floor during an exchange and was injured in his left knee, receiving time to recover before the contest resumed. In the sixth, Cotto trapped Clottey in a corner and gained offensive advantage. During the next two rounds, Clottey controlled the offensive, noticing that Cotto was unable to see right punches. During the last rounds, Cotto decided to employ his technique from outside, while the fight's tempo remained close. The judges decided the fight's outcome by a split decision victory for Cotto, awarding scores of 115–112 and 116–111 for Cotto and 114–113 for Clottey.
Immediately after this fight, negotiations began to pursue a contest against Manny Pacquiao. Even before Pacquiao defeated Ricky Hatton, Bob Arum, who represents both Cotto and Pacquiao, stated that he was interested in this matchup. Subsequently, Pacquiao expressed interest in fighting Cotto. The fight was sanctioned as a world title fight in the welterweight division, where the weight limit is 147 pounds. However, Cotto's camp agreed to fight at a catchweight of 145 pounds to accommodate Pacquiao's smaller physique. Cotto's camp also conceded the larger share of the purse to Pacquiao, who received a 65% share of pay-per-view buys, compared to Cotto's 35% share.
On November 14, 2009, Pacquiao defeated Cotto by TKO at 55 seconds into the 12th round, dethroning Cotto as the WBO Welterweight Champion. The fight generated 1.25 million buys and 70 million dollars in domestic pay-per-view revenue, making it the most watched boxing event of 2009. Pacquiao earned around 22 million dollars for his part in the fight, whilst Cotto earned around 12 million dollars. Pacquiao-Cotto also generated a live gate of $8,847,550 from an official crowd of 15,930.
After the Pacquiao fight, Cotto moved to the light middleweight division. On June 5, 2010, he fought against undefeated Israeli WBA Light Middleweight Champion Yuri Foreman at Yankee Stadium in New York. Bob Arum had said that if Cotto were to win, he would become a frontrunner to defend the WBA belt against Manny Pacquiao in November. Cotto stated that he would consider a return to the welterweight division, in case of an interesting fight.
Cotto ended up knocking Foreman down with a signature left hook to the body in the ninth round, claiming the WBA Light Middleweight title, his fourth overall in three different weight divisions.
On December 3, 2011, Cotto defeated Antonio Margarito via TKO in the 10th round. The fight was stopped at the start of the 10th round because of the condition of Margarito's right eye, which was swollen shut. This was the same eye that was badly damaged in his fight with Manny Pacquiao and the one that almost kept the New York State Athletic Commission from granting him his boxing license because of the special procedure that was performed on it in 2010.
On May 5, 2012, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. faced Miguel Cotto for the WBA Light Middleweight/Super Welterweight belt at 154 pounds. Mayweather came in at 151, while Cotto came in at 154 pounds. The fight started off with Cotto establishing himself as the fights' aggressor, but with Mayweather winning the first two rounds using effective counter-punching and body movement to block most of Cotto's punches. However, in the third round Cotto seemed to successfully swarm Mayweather and land decent flurries to steal himself the round. Then from rounds 4-9 the action was closely contested, with both fighters using their partially contrasting styles in attempts to one-up the other. Ultimately though, Mayweather managed to adjust to Cotto's new rhythm of attacking in flurries and used his now-newly-tweaked counter-punching style to win a lot of the final rounds, in what people thought had secured Mayweather the decision victory. Cotto had Mayweather against the ropes many times, resulting in some damage and a lot of bleeding from Mayweather's nose. Cotto's eyes had some partial swelling. Mayweather won via unanimous decision. When they hugged at the end, Mayweather told Cotto, "You are a hell of a champion — the toughest guy I fought."
|37 Wins (30 Knockouts, 7 decisions), 3 Losses, 0 Draws|
|N/A||N/A||Austin Trout||N/A||- (12)||2012-12-01||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||For WBA Light Middleweight title.|
|Loss||37-3||Floyd Mayweather, Jr.||UD||12||2012-05-05||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBA (Super) Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||37-2||Antonio Margarito||TKO||10 (12), 0:03||2011-12-03||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained WBA (Super) Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||36-2||Ricardo Mayorga||TKO||12 (12), 0:53||2011-03-12||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBA (Super) Light Middleweight title.|
|Win||35-2||Yuri Foreman||TKO||9 (12), 0:42||2010-06-05||Yankee Stadium, New York, New York||Won WBA Light Middleweight title.|
|Loss||34-2||Manny Pacquiáo||TKO||12 (12), 0:55||2009-11-14||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBO Welterweight title. Fight at 145-pound catch weight.|
|Win||34-1||Joshua Clottey||SD||12||2009-06-13||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained WBO Welterweight title.|
|Win||33-1||Michael Jennings||TKO||5 (12), 2:38||2009-02-21||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Won vacant WBO Welterweight title.|
|Loss||32-1||Antonio Margarito||TKO||11 (12), 2:05||2008-07-26||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Lost WBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||32-0||Alfonso Gómez||RTD||5 (12), 3:00||2008-04-12||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained WBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||31-0||Shane Mosley||UD||12||2007-11-10||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained WBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||30-0||Zab Judah||TKO||11 (12), 0:49||2007-06-09||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained WBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||29-0||Oktay Urkal||TKO||11 (12), 1:01||2007-03-03||Roberto Clemente Coliseum, San Juan||Retained WBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||28-0||Carlos Quintana||RTD||5 (12), 3:00||2006-12-02||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Won vacant WBA Welterweight title.|
|Win||27-0||Paulie Malignaggi||UD||12||2006-06-10||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained WBO Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||26-0||Gianluca Branco||TKO||8 (12), 0:49||2006-03-04||Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón||Retained WBO Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||25-0||Ricardo Torres||KO||7 (12), 1:52||2005-09-24||Boardwalk Hall, Atlantic City, New Jersey||Retained WBO Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||24-0||Mohammad Abdullaev||TKO||9 (12), 0:57||2005-06-11||Madison Square Garden, New York, New York||Retained WBO Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||23-0||DeMarcus Corley||TKO||5 (12), 2:45||2005-02-26||Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón||Retained WBO Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||22-0||Randall Bailey||TKO||6 (12), 1:39||2004-12-11||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBO Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||21-0||Kelson Pinto||TKO||6 (12), 0:32||2004-09-11||José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum, Hato Rey, San Juan||Won vacant WBO Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||20-0||Lovemore N'dou||UD||12||2004-05-08||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC International and won WBA Fedelatin Light Welterweight titles.|
IBF Light Welterweight Title Eliminator.
|Win||19-0||Victoriano Sosa||TKO||4 (12), 2:51||2004-02-28||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC International Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||18-0||Carlos Maussa||TKO||8 (12), 3:00||2003-12-06||Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón||Retained WBC International Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||17-0||Demetrio Ceballos||TKO||7 (12), 2:28||2003-09-13||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada||Retained WBC International Light Welterweight title.|
WBA Light Welterweight Title Eliminator.
|Win||16-0||Rocky Martinez||KO||2 (12), 2:42||2003-06-28||Coliseo Rubén Rodríguez, Bayamón||Retained WBC International and won vacant WBO NABO Light Welterweight titles.|
|Win||15-0||Joel Perez||KO||4 (10), 1:29||2003-04-19||Selland Arena, Fresno, California|
|Win||14-0||Cesar Bazan||TKO||11 (12), 0:16||2003-02-01||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada||Won vacant WBC International Light Welterweight title.|
|Win||13-0||Ubaldo Hernandez||KO||7 (10), 1:31||2002-11-22||Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas|
|Win||12-0||John Brown||UD||10||2002-09-14||Mandalay Bay Events Center, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||11-0||Carlos Alberto Ramirez||KO||3 (10), 2:34||2002-07-30||Lucky Star Casino, Concho, Oklahoma|
|Win||10-0||Justin Juuko||TKO||5 (10), 2:44||2002-06-22||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||9-0||Juan Angel Macias||TKO||7 (10), 1:54||2002-05-03||The Orleans Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Win||8-0||Sammy Sparkman||TKO||2 (10), 2:49||2002-03-01||Coliseo Guillermo Angulo, Carolina|
|Win||7-0||Joshua Smith||TKO||2 (8), 1:24||2002-01-11||Coliseo Héctor Solá Bezares, Caguas|
|Win||6-0||Arturo Rodriguez||KO||2 (6), 2:52||2001-07-28||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California|
|Win||5-0||Rudolfo Lunsford||TKO||4 (6), 1:00||2001-07-01||Pier 10 Arena, San Juan|
|Win||4-0||Martin Ramirez||UD||4||2001-05-20||San Juan, Puerto Rico|
|Win||3-0||Waklimi Young||UD||4||2001-04-28||Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, New York|
|Win||2-0||Jacob Godinez||TKO||2 (4), 1:17||2001-03-30||Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas|
|Win||1-0||Jason Doucet||TKO||1 (4), 2:12||2001-02-23||Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas||Cotto's professional debut.|
Major World Titles:
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|Awards and achievements|
Title last held byZab Judah
|WBO Light Welterweight Champion|
September 11, 2004 – October 27, 2006
Title next held byRicardo Torres
Title last held byRicky Hatton
|WBA Welterweight Champion|
December 2, 2006 – July 26, 2008
Title last held byPaul Williams
|WBO Welterweight Champion|
February 21, 2009 – November 14, 2009
|WBA Light Middleweight Champion|
June 5, 2010 – September 10, 2010
Title next held byAustin Trout
as Regular Champion
Title last held byWinky Wright
|WBA Light Middleweight Champion|
September 10, 2010 – May 5, 2012
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.