He went on to win six world titles - most recently a vacant 154-pound belt on August 26 against Yoshihiro Kamegai that Cotto was defending for the first time on Saturday - in four weight divisions: junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight. Sadam Ali stood in against him, but the 29-year-old Brooklyn fighter and former U.S. Olympian didn't come to be Cotto's last victim. "I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family".
The iconic boxer unwittingly assuming the role of Muhammad Ali, WBO junior middleweight champion and Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto (41-6, 33 KOs), was lean and fit at 151.6 pounds, 2.4 below the division limit. He suffered an injury to his left biceps in the seventh round at Madison Square Garden (MSG) and struggled to make an impact in the fight. He read off the judges' scores: 115-113, 116-112, 115-113.
"Feeling good. Feeling good with the performance", Cotto said. "Something happened to my left bicep in the seventh round, but I don't want to make excuses".
He's taking on Ali at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
"Thank you for supporting me at every opportunity", Cotto told his fans.
Ali did a fine job, not just outboxing Cotto, but doing the more damage, staggering Cotto with a straight right to the jaw in the 2nd, with a left hook to the temple in the 4th, and with another left hook in the 11th.
"I dare to be great, like Oscar De La Hoya says". After seemingly winning a close ninth round, Ali had more success in the 10th round, catching a tiring Cotto along the ropes with a left hook and then a right hand.
The rapturous welcome he received upon entering the ring was repeated as he departed in defeat.
The sixth round shifted the momentum into Cotto's favor for the first time in the fight, but he didn't get to enjoy it for long.
He was also beaten once by Margarito, while his other defeats came at the hands of American Floyd Mayweather, Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. One thing was certain for the paying customers: Cotto would deliver a good show. Sadam Ali didn't read that particular script however, claiming an tight unanimous points verdict after the fight went the championship distance. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.
The 27-year-old from Puerto Rico was back fighting for the first time since his first loss. So he improved to 31-0, while Negrete fell to 17-1.
Earlier, Angel Acosta dominated Juan Alejo before knocking him out in the 10th round for the WBO junior flyweight crown that Japan's Kosei Tanaka vacated last Friday. Yet, it was Vargas who looked the worse when they left the ring.