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Miguel Cotto is Very Firm That Retirement Decision is Final

Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto goes out a warrior, but not a winner, after dropping a unanimous 12-round decision Saturday to Sadam Ali in a world title fight he vowed would be his last.

Before adoring fans at Madison Square Garden, the 37-year-old Cotto just didn't have enough against his 29-year-old opponent.

Ali seized the World Boxing Organization light middleweight world title the Puerto Rican won in August with an undisputed decision over Japan's Yoshihiro Kamegai.

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After a back-and-forth battle that saw both fighters hurt, Ali got the nod from all three judges by scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 116-112.

Ali rocked Cotto with a right in the second, but the Puerto Rican veteran held on and gained the upper hand in the middle rounds, doing damage with his left hook and catching Ali with a punishing right to the head in the sixth.

Cotto continued to apply pressure in the seventh, but said that "something happened" to his left biceps in the round.

As the younger fighter's speed and stamina began to tell, Cotto took some hard shots in the eighth. After a close ninth, Ali was in control in the 10th.

Cotto fell to 41-6 with 33 wins inside the distance.

A six-time world champion in four different weight divisions, Cotto vowed he would stick by his decision to retire.

"It is," he said, when asked if the bout had been his last. "I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my family."

It was Cotto's 10th fight at the famed Manhattan arena. His only prior defeat there was to American Austin Trout in 2012.

The rapturous welcome he received upon entering the ring was repeated as he departed in defeat.

"Thank you for supporting me at every opportunity," Cotto told his fans. "I'm so glad to call Madison Square Garden my home."

In his 17-year pro career, Cotto defeated a host of marquee fighters, including Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Ricardo Mayorga.

He was also beaten once by Margarito, while his other defeats came at the hands of Floyd Mayweather, Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and Saul "Canelo" Alvarez.

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by angkag on 12-03-2017

Cotto used to be one of my favourite fighters before the diva thing and Cottoweight kicked in, so he won't be missed (I missed the old Cotto when he went diva). Hopefully this also puts an end to any talk…

Comment by Chrismart on 12-03-2017

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Comment by Liondw on 12-03-2017

Respect to a true warrior. He deserves rest and time to bask in retirement. He was somewhere between the level of an action fighter like Gatti and just below the elite of Pacquaio and Mayweather. He had a few notable…

Comment by Tatabanya on 12-03-2017

[QUOTE=Sweet_Science_;18281562]Kudos to Saddam Ali. He beat the odds. Everyone thought he was there to lose and he won the fight.[/QUOTE] Agree. I was among those who thought he would have been wiped away. I should have studied the fight better…

Comment by LOCOMEX89 on 12-03-2017

Good for Miguel. He has nothing left to prove. Miguel Cotto will be a hall of famer possibly first ballot and now he can move on to becoming a full time promoter now.

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