NEW YORK – Bernard Hopkins called it a "tough, gritty New York type of a fight." Oscar De La Hoya simply termed it "an outstanding performance by an outstanding fighter."
Whatever superlatives you apply, it is clear that Miguel Cotto has arrived at the top of the boxing heap.
Cotto proved his worthiness to rank alongside boxing's greatest champions by besting Shane Mosley in a pitched battle before a raucous crowd of 17,135 at Madison Square Garden.
Judges Glenn Feldman and Peter Trematerra each had it 115-113, while Wynn Kintz saw it 116-113, all for Cotto. Yahoo! Sports favored Cotto, 115-113.
Mosley was a perfect measuring stick for Cotto, who entered the bout with a 30-0 record, 25 knockouts and the WBA welterweight title. But there were plenty of questions about the solidity of Cotto's chin, the quality of the competition he'd beaten on the way to the top and whether he'd be able to handle a fast and powerful welterweight like Mosley.
Those questions exist no longer, not after heRead More »from Cotto is boxing's newest superstar