Now this may just be my unpopular opinion but Miguel Cotto’s career after welterweight was nothing special. There is no doubt that Cotto built his Hall of Fame career at welterweight but who did he really beat after moving up? I have nothing but respect for Miguel Cotto, this is not hate speech but more of an observation on his career after leaving welterweight. Let’s dive in.
His first fight at junior middleweight was against the untested WBA champion Yuri Foreman. Cotto scored a TKO over Foreman in the 9th. Foreman then went on to lose his very next fight against Pawel Wolak.
Cotto went on to defend his WBA title against Ricardo Mayorga and a vision impaired Antonio Margarito. Margarito had his orbital bone broken the fight prior by Manny Pacquiao. Cotto beat Margarito as he was unable to continue due to swelling around his right eye.
Next on deck was Floyd “Money” Mayweather. Cotto gets a lot of credit for his fight against Floyd. It was a great performance, however, the fight wasn’t really very close in the judges eyes who scored the fight 110-118, 111-117 and 111-117.
Close to seven months after losing to Floyd, Cotto was back in a championship fight against Austin Trout. Trout used his reach to his advantage and made Cotto look really bad. The judges scored it 109-119, 111-117 and 111-117.
After the two loses to Mayweather and Trout, Cotto was finally able to get back into the win column with a big KO over Delvin Rodriguez. Rodriguez went on to be 1-2-1 in his next four fights. Clearly Rodriguez’s better days were behind him.
Now we get to the infamous fight between Cotto and Sergio Martinez. At this point in his career, I would say Martinez was on his last leg but he was actually on no legs. A must ch worse fighter than Miguel Cotto would have bested Martinez that night as he entered the ring sporting two knee braces. Make no mistake about it, there is a reason this was Martinez’s last fight.
Cotto went on to KO Daniel Geale, get badly out pointed by Canelo Alvarez, and beat Yoshihiro Kamegai by wide unanimous decision. That takes us to his most current fight against Sadam Ali.
Sadam Ali normally fights at welterweight but gladly went up to junior middleweight to fight the legendary Cotto. Ali boxed the legend quite beautifully and won a close, yet unanimous, decision.
Listen, I am not saying we shouldn’t let Cotto in the Hall of Fame. I believe the later half of his career is overrated but he was also fighting as a really small junior middleweight/middleweight. Cotto will go down in history as a legendary welterweight, but in my opinion, he should not be a legendary middleweight.