Miguel Cotto was formally received in his hometown of Caguas after completing the historic deed last Saturday in which annihilated Argentina's middleweight lineal world champion Sergio 'Maravilla' Martinez at Madison Square Garden to become the first Puerto Rican to reach world titles in four weight divisions.
The new middleweight World Boxing Council (WBC) champion was received by the Mayor of the city, Hon. William Miranda Torres, as well as by members of the press and a large group of fans who gathered at City Hall William Miranda Marin.
"There have been many years of sacrifice" was the first thing he said when Cotto addressed the audience.
Then the Puerto Rican star had an emotional moment while thanking his mother, his children, his wife - about the support they always received from his father, who passed away 4 years ago.
"I know my family is proud of me, but I will not rest until they feel more proud," said the five time world champion in 4 divisions. "I've been blessed. The maturity that I have obtained over the years makes you understand that there is nothing better than family. My family is what drives me, is what motivates me, "he said through tears.
Cotto said the success in his career due to perseverance, effort, dedication and discipline that has always shown during training.
"Hard work conquers all as evidenced last Saturday. This is the biggest win of my career, "said the Puerto Rican. "We will continue working in the same or better way to continue giving joy as we did last Saturday to the people of Puerto Rico," Cotto said.
The Puerto Rican also thanked the legendary trainer Freddie Roach and his working group, who managed to hit Cotto in optimum condition for the match against Martinez.
"Freddie is a person to admire. I have had very good chemistry with him. The grade for him and for the team's Wild Card Gym is A+," finished Cotto.
During the press conference, Cotto received recognition from the Senate and House of Representatives of Puerto Rico.