Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto

Date of Birth: October 29th 1980
Class: Middleweight
Weight: 155lbs
Height: 5ft 7in (170cm)
Trainer: Pedro Luis Diaz
Career Achievements

WBC World Middleweight Champion (2014 - 2015)
WBA Super World Light Middleweight Champion (2011 - 2012)
WBA World Super Welterweight Champion (2010)
WBA World Light Middleweight (2010)
WBO World Welterweight World Champion (2009)
WBA World Welterweight Champion (2006-2008)
WBO World Light Welterweight Champion (2004 - 2006)

Latest BoxNation Fight

21 November 2015 - L UD vs Canelo

Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto is a household name in world boxing after appearing in huge bouts against Antonio Margarito, Austin Trout, Manny Pacquiao, Sergio Martinez and Floyd Mayweather Junior.

In 2014, Cotto became the only Puerto Rican fighter to hold world titles in four different weight classes as then 39-4 star won the WBC World Middleweight Championship after defeating fellow Latino Sergio Martinez (Cotto: below, left)

Daniel Geale was Junito's first defence, he was floored with a inch perfect left hook in the fourth, and then again shortly after, which resulted in Cotto's 40th professional victory.

Miguel Cotto Sergio Martinez

A fighting family

The Cotto family has long and distinguished fighting history, as Miguel's father, uncle, brother and second cousin all laced up the gloves as professionals.

 

Turning pro

Cotto turned pro in 2001, and won his first belt after 14 fights when he defeated Cesar Bazan to secure the WBC International Light-Welterweight title.

Cotto successfully defended the belt five times before earning himself a chance at a full world title in 2004 on home soil. Cotto beat Brazilian Kelson Pinto to claim the vacant WBO World Light-Welterweight crown.

Six world title defences followed as Cotto proved his worth as a world champion, including a profile-raising win over Paulie Malignaggi as Madison Square Garden to move to 27-0.

 

Move to welterweight

The Puerto Rican legend followed his win over Malignaggi with a move up to light-welterweight and a successful WBA World title challenge against countryman Carlos Quintana.

Now a two-weight world champion, Cotto's name was rightly being talked about as a potential pound-for-pound top 10 contender.

And in 2007 - a year which featured title defences over Zab Judah Shane Mosley - Cotto moved into Ring Magazine's top 10 for the first time.

 

Three-weight world champion

In 2009, after suffering the first two defeats of his career against Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao, Cotto won a world title at light-middleweight when he defeated Yuri Foreman in New York.

Cotto's two defeats were separated by a WBO world title win over Michael Jennings and a defence against Joshua Clottey.

The Rhode Island-born fighter staged his first WBA Super World Light-Middleweight defence against Ricardo Mayorga with a 12-round decision, before hunting revenge against the man who took his "O", Antonio Margarito.

 

Cotto v Margarito II

In a fight which gripped the imagination of the boxing world, Cotto brutalised Margarito as he sought revenge at Madison Square Garden in New York. His Mexican opponent's right eye swelled almost completely shut during a brutal 10 rounds, before the doctors eventually called the fight off and handed Cotto a hard fought win.

 

Back to back defeats

After the Margarito fight, Cotto found himself the front runner in the Mayweather sweepstakes as negotiations with Manny Pacquiao fell through once more.

Despite some success in the middle rounds, trapping Floyd on the ropes and using his jab to both head and body - the early and later rounds were largely controlled by Mayweather.

In the last round Cotto was rocked by an uppercut but held on to hear the final bell. After the fight Mayweather openly stated this was his hardest fight to date.

Austin Trout was up next for the WBA Light-Middleweight contest which saw Cotto rack up two defeats on the spin for the first time in his career, once more losing on points.

Delvin Rodriguez was to be Cotto's come back opponent topping the Amway Centre in Orlando.

The bell saved Rodriguez's at the end of the second as he looked to be on the way out after Cotto was getting through with some vicious shot's with either hand but it didn't take long at the start of the third for the ref to end the contest with Cotto got back to winning ways.

Cotto v Canelo

After being stripped of his WBC World Title just days before the fight against Canelo, Cotto's Lineal Title remained on the line for this mouth-watering clash of the titans.

Puerto Rican v Mexican rivalries were revisited at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Saturday 21 November.

It was a hotly contested twelve rounds, one that Canelo came up on top with a unanimous decision. The scorecards were a little unfair on Cotto, who was certainly in the fight with many expert's calling it a few rounds to Canelo and not the wide margins the official score told.

Post-fight trainer Freddie Roach mentioned in the press conference he believes the Puerto Rican warrior has a couple of fights left in him.