Puerto Rican icon and WBA world light-welterweight titlist Miguel Cotto was the preeminent boxer in the world in 2011.
An argument can be made that Cotto (37-2, 30 KOs), a four-time world champion in three weight divisions, has never been fairly trumped in the squared circle.
In curious fashion, Cotto “lost” his first bout as a professional against “The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito by a savage 11th round TKO in July 2008.
Roughly seven months after his disturbingly violent thrashing of Cotto, Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs) had his boxing license justifiably revoked by the California State Athletic Commission in February 2009 after it was discovered that he attempted to scrap former three-division titlist “Sugar” Shane Mosley with a plaster-like substance inside of his hand wraps.
Fortunately, “Margacheato” was caught and proven to be a cowardly charlatan by officials at the Staples Center in Los Angeles before the match began and he had the opportunity to seriously injure Mosley (46-7-1-1, 39 KOs) with his cement fists.
Cotto, who was a visibly different prizefighter after Margarito hit him a few hundred times with cinder blocks, was defeated for a second time by a brutal 12th round TKO to Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao in November 2009.
There is not a shred of credible evidence whatsoever to prove that Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) has ever used performance enhancing drugs.
Nevertheless, a thick air of suspicion throughout the boxing community has long shrouded “Pac-Man’s” development and ascension as a dominant prizefighter.
Cotto retained his belt and earned revenge versus Margarito with a 10th round TKO in their rematch before an electric crowd of 21,239 December 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
The native of Caguas pulverized, and outclassed, Margarito for nine rounds before the ring doctor mercifully intervened and saved the evil Mexican from absorbing further damage to his right-eye.
Cotto has now recorded five victories against one defeat since the corrupt bout nearly four years ago.
Whether or not Cotto ever receives another clash with Pacquiao is moot.
Miguel Cotto reemerged this year as a spectacular presence in the ring and virtually cemented his future induction into the International Boxing Hall of Fame (IBHOF) in Canastota, New York.
- Honorable Mentions: Andre Ward and Bernard Hopkins
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