By Jhonny Gonzalez
Former three division world champion Miguel Cotto (37-4, 30KOs) has responded to the criticisms of his former promoter, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum. In a recent interview, Arum said it was a "stupid decision" for Cotto to fight undefeated WBA "regular" junior middleweight champion Austin Trout. The fight took place on December 1st in New York's Madison Square Garden and Trout won a twelve round unanimous decision. The victory by Trout may have derailed a planned fight between Cotto and WBC king Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.
Cotto spent nearly his entire career with Top Rank. He became a free agent after his contract expired on December 31, 2011. His last two ring appearances were promoted by his own company, Miguel Cotto Promotions, with Golden Boy Promotions helping him with the show.
"He is only responsible for representing his company. I thank him for everything that he did for my career, but Bob Arum represents nothing more in my life," Cotto said to Marcos Meijas.
Cotto's legal advisor, Gabriel Peñagarícano, said the event against Trout was very lucrative for Cotto and his company. He added the following:
"[Arum] is frustrated because Miguel - just like Oscar de la Hoya who was signed with him and just like Floyd Mayweather who was signed with him, made a decision to command his own career, to guide it and to promote his own events without depending on a promoter. It hurts [Arum] that Miguel was this successful on his own. The event [with Trout] was successful in every way."