The 33 year old Miguel Cotto has been an Olympic welterweight member of the Puerto Rican team in 2000, a silver medal winner in the junior world championships, and has been a professional since 2001. Cotto was a WBO junior welterweight champion when he defeated Kelson Pinto in 2004 and successfully defended that title belt a total of 6 times before moving to the welterweight division, where he immediately won the WBA welterweight championship with a win over Carlos Quintana and went on to successfully defend that title with wins over Oktay Urkal, Zab Judah, Shane Mosely, and Alfonso Gomez before being defeated by Antonio Margarito. Championship bouts are synonymous with Cotto. Miguel Cotto is a +175 dog with the Boxing odds for the WBC middleweight title bout against Sergio Gabriel Martinez on June 6 in a fight that will take place at Madison Square Garden, New York.
More Title Bouts
In 2009 Cotto scored a win over Michael Jennings to win what was the vacant WBO welterweight championship and he then went on to defend the title against Joshua Clottey before losing it to Manny Pacquiao.
On June 5, 2010 Cotto had a bout at Yankee Stadium in New York against Yuri Foreman where he claimed a 9th round win as Foreman tore his knee after taking a sever body blow from Cotto signature left hook. Cotto claimed the WBA light middleweight title which was his fourth title in a total of 3 different weight classes.
Cotto went on to defend his WBA light middleweight title in a 12th round TKO against Ricardo Mayorga at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Cotto vs. Mayweather
On May 5, 2012 Cotto faced the legendary Floyd Mayweather Jr. for the WBA super light middleweight and super welterweight belts. Cotto took the initiative as the aggressor early on but Mayweather scored the early advantage with counter punching and effective body movement to avoid Cotto landing any blows of significance. The middle of the bout was very close with back and forth punching and counter punching and Cotto had Mayweather on the ropes for much of the fight but Mayweather was able to adjust and survive with a unanimous decision win.
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