Miquel Cotto's Farewell Tour Upstaged By a Rising Star In Sadam Ali

Miquel Cotto's Farewell Tour Upstaged By a Rising Star In Sadam Ali

I don't want to make excuses, Sadam won the fight.

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. Ali came back to win each of the final four rounds on each of the three scorecards, however, and won a unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, 115-113).

"I am feeling good with the performance", the always classy Cotto, as dignified in disappointment as he always had been gracious in victory, said in reaffirming his intention to enter retirement and enjoy the remainder of his life with his lovely wife Melissa and the couple's two children. "Something happened to my left biceps, seventh round".

"I have done everything in my career that I wanted to do". "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". It is my last fight.

"I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family", Cotto said.

In truth, what took place here Saturday night in Madison Square Garden was not really history repeating itself. Not least the oddsmakers, who installed him as a 6-1 underdog.

It was Cotto's 10th fight at the famed Manhattan arena.

"I worked hard for it".

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"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 wobbled Cotto in the 2nd with a stunning straight right but seconds later went down via a slip to kill any momentum he may have had. I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count.

According to CompuBox punch statistics, Ali landed 139 of 647 punches (21 percent), and Cotto connected with 163 of 536 (30 percent).

After Cotto cruised through the first round to chants of "Cotto!"

"I dare to be great, like Oscar De La Hoya says". Age and attrition, the twin thieves of any magnificent fighter's special gifts, do not always show up as obviously as they did the night when the remnants of Muhammad Ali were embarrassed by an opponent who could never have come close to defeating him in his prime.

The Garden had a familiar ring for Cotto. Cotto then hurt Ali with a clean right to the head and unloaded several more blows. He rushed at Ali as if he were channeling some inner Mike Tyson, but Ali responded channeling bits and pieces of, well, his inner Muhammad Ali, spinning away and countering effectively. The thing is, Cotto is not the fighter he once was. He fought seemingly relaxed and came on strong late in the fight. Ali repeated the feat in the third round also this time from a left hand, rocking Cotto once again as Ali's confidence grew. Cotto, his face showing damage, tried to keep Ali off with his jab, but Ali was much busier as he chased after him. Shortly after the final bell had rung, his hand was raised in victory in a historic bout that marked the conclusion of a legendary, Hall of Fame career.

Cotto continued to apply pressure in the seventh, but said that "something happened" to his left biceps in the round. I have been training since I was eight years old, and I am glad I got this win at MSG, in my hometown.

"Thank you to everyone", Cotto said in English. The farewell tour came up short at Madison Square Garden. "But this is the opportunity of a lifetime, and I took the challenge against a legend", Ali said.

After the fight, the crowd lingered for a video presentation of Cotto's career highlights on the JumboTron.

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