Everyone knows by now that Aug.26th will be a huge night in the sport of boxing. One of the great boxers of all-time, Floyd Mayweather Jr., will be returning to the ring after almost a two-year lay-off/retirement to take on the most recognizable fighter in the world of mixed-martial arts, Conor McGregor. Without the aid of a huge cigar stuffed with “Pink Starburst” (don’t ask), I will not declare this spectacle as a “Fight Of The Century” candidate. As a matter of fact, I will admit that I enjoyed dissecting a frog in fifth grade much more than this fight.
That’s probably why I wanted to shine some spotlight on the other future Hall-of-Famer fighting that night, Miguel Cotto. Cotto (40-5, 33KO’s) will be fighting Japan’s Yoshihiro Kamegai (27-3-2, 24KO’s) at The StubHub Center in Carson, California. If you allow yourself to fly around the “MayMac cumulus cloud”, you will understand the imprint that Cotto has left in the boxing world over the last 15 years. His willingness to fight all the best fighters of his era is just one of the reasons why fans around the world, hold him in such high regard. Cotto has always carried himself with class and dignity, which can sometimes become lost in a world of athletic braggadocio. Even in defeat, he always seems to put the moment in perspective, realizing that giving your best effort is more than enough.
Ironically, the two moments in Cotto’s career that stick out the most for me were the losses to Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. After each fight, when he clearly took a severe beating, Cotto stood with pride and answered each question with a measured calmness. I remember thinking that these fights will undoubtedly take away some precious days in the life of this great man. As with most fighters, the risk of participating in the “sweet science” seems to be outweighed by the love they have for the sport.
So, as the painting nears completion on the stellar boxing career of Miguel Angel Cotto, let’s not forget the wonderful moments he has given us, as boxing fans. Christopher Cross said it best, “oooh the canvas can do miracles…just you wait and see…believe me”. Photo courtesy of Tom Hogan/ Golden Boy Promotions #ChillinWithCheese