by Cliff Rold - Miguel Cotto has never risen to the same level of popularity achieved by Felix Trinidad. Heís never shown the artistry of Carlos Ortiz or Wilfred Benitez. The sheer carnage left in the wake of Wilfredo Gomezís assault on Jr. Featherweight remains in its place.
As preparations are completed for this Saturdayís showdown with IBF Light Middleweight titlist Austin Trout (Showtime, 10 PM EST), the 32-year old can look back on his career and know being Miguel Cotto was good enough.
In the rich history of Puerto Rican boxing, the name Cotto wonít finish at the top.
Itís not out of place in any discussion about the contributions the small island nation has given to the game.
Win or lose against Trout, given the many physical battles heís been in over the years, itís not unreasonable to think the end is close. This being boxing, endings come in various shades. Cotto may go on to fight until heís well past 40. He wouldnít be the first.
But the best of Cotto? Those moments are growing spare. No one last forever as one of the top guys. Cotto wonít either. There are plenty who think his last best moment has already come, that his brave losing stand to Floyd Mayweather in May of this year was sort of a last hurrah. [Click Here To Read More