Cotto: My Family Wants Me to Retire; 2017 Could Be My Last Year

By Keith Idec

Miguel Cotto joked that he feels 16, not 36.

His family feels different about nearly a 16-year pro career that has included numerous brutal bouts. His wife and four children think Cotto has given more than enough of himself in boxing rings.

They would prefer it if the Puerto Rican icon, the island’s first four-division world champion, ended his Hall-of-Fame career to concentrate on his promotional company and other interests.

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“My family wants me to retire, but I believe and I think that I still have some boxing still in me,” Cotto said during the most recent episode of the “Talk Box With Michael Woods” podcast, sponsored by Everlast. “And I want to do this until I feel that it’s enough for me, when I feel satisfied with my career. And I believe in 2017 I’m going to talk to my family seriously, and let’s see what happens. … We’re going to figure out what is going to happen with my career.”

Cotto (40-5, 33 KOs) will end a 15-month layoff when he faces heavy-handed James Kirkland (32-2, 28 KOs), of Austin, Texas, in a 12-round, 153-pound bout February 25 in Frisco, Texas. Their HBO Pay-Per-View main event, Cotto’s first fight since losing a unanimous decision to Canelo Alvarez 13 months ago in Las Vegas, officially was announced Monday during a press conference at The Ford Center at The Star, the Dallas Cowboys’ training facility and the site of their fight.

Cotto doesn’t expect the Kirkland clash to be his last fight, but he hasn’t ruled out 2017 marking his last year as an active boxer. The former Olympian made his pro debut in February 2001, a few months after representing Puerto Rico at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney.

“We are talking with Roc Nation about an extension for 2017,” said Cotto, whose three-fight deal with Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports expires after he faces Kirkland. “And then after December 31st, 2017, I’m going to sit with my crew and talk about what we can do. If I’m satisfied with everything that passes in 2017, this is going to be my last year.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by lopetego on 12-23-2016

Just retire already what's the point of coming back after so long, just to fight another one of Canelos's children

Comment by JakeTheBoxer on 12-23-2016

he is past his prime, I actually dont believe, he can beat any top 147 - 160 fighter.

Comment by Lou Cipher on 12-23-2016

[QUOTE=uppercut510;17302658]I see what ur saying she does look guilty, im pretty sure she cheats, her husband sleeps with his best friend and grabs his azz when they wake up.[/QUOTE] LOL Cotto definitely seems gay. Yeah Im judging by the way…

Comment by Chuckguy on 12-23-2016

Nobody cares cotto just retire Already

Comment by _Maxi on 12-23-2016

I translate it to you all. "[B]S[/B]hit, seems like Canelo won't fight me in 2017. Well I might delay my retirement until 2018 to see if I can get to fight Canelo".

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