HBO Commentator Gives Emotional Tribute After Cotto's Final Fight
HBO Commentator Gives Emotional Tribute After Cotto's Final Fight
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04 December, 2017, 01:09
The 37-year-old Puerto Rican great was here to say goodbye, one last fight for a six-time world champ in four divisions, spread from 140 to 160 pounds.
Cotto had won four titles in four different weight categories, but struggled against the quick hands of 29-year-old Ali.
"I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family", Cotto said.
Ali now buries his March 2016 knockout defeat to Jessie Vargas, improving to 26 wins, 1 defeat, 14 knockouts, while Cotto supposedly bows out from the sport for good, with his decorated career closing with 41 wins, 6 defeats, 33 knockouts.
Exacerbating Cotto's dilemma was the injury to his left bicep, an apparent tear he incurred in the seventh round, effectively rendering him a one-armed fighter the rest of the way.
Judges scored the fight 115-113, 115-113, 116-112 in favour of 29-year-old Ali, who is from NY.
"I already know that's gonna come", Ali said during a post-fight press conference. I don't want to make excuses.
No doubt there was a few teary eyes in the house at Madison Square Garden this weekend, as one of its most famed fighting sons of recent memory made his 10th and final appearance at the iconic venue. "But this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I took the challenge against a legend", Ali said. I want to thank God and also thank Team Cotto. They could have taken an easier fight if they wanted too.
Perhaps sensing that the judges might gift Cotto a couple of rounds, Ali went for broke in the final two frames.
"Good things happen to good people", Ali said, meaning himself, but he could have been speaking about Cotto, a fighter he has long admired, as well.
Pre-fight many within the industry were critical of this fight, stating it would be nothing but routine for Cotto. After a close ninth, Ali was in control in the 10th.
The rapturous welcome he received upon entering the ring was repeated as he departed in defeat.
"We are getting a chance at that, and we'll see how good he really is". Sure, he lost a handful of other bouts, but they were against such prime competition as Canelo Alvarez, FloydMayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. "I have been training since I was 8 years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown". "I've learned a lot since my last fight for a world title against Tanaka, and this fight proves that I learned and fixed all I needed to win a world championship".
"I have the humility to say that I made my share of mistakes", Vargas said, "but I feel that Negrete fought very dirty, and was not a very good boxer". Ali won a unanimous decision to take his junior middleweight world title in a major upset.
"It's taken me five years to get here, and I'm cherishing this moment for me and for Puerto Rico", Acosta said.
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