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NEW YORK -- Mosley comes to the Madison Square Garden ring to a strong ovation. Cotto is coming in and the crowd noise has increased noticeably. The crowd is very large, but doesn't appear as big as it was when Cotto defeated Zab Judah here in June. Mosley is loudly booed as he is announced by Michael Buffer. As he promised, he has a patch on his trunks honoring his friend, the late ex-lightweight champion Diego Corrales. Again, Cotto is loudly cheered by the crowd as he is announced. Mosley is smiling and dancing in his corner as Cotto is introduced.

ROUND 1: Mosley lands a combination to the body as they start. Cotto misses badly over the top. Mosley misses a wild right. Double jab by Cotto lands. Mosley responds with a jab. Mosley right to the body. Straight right by Cotto. Mosley flicks a jab. And another. Right over the top and then a left hook by Cotto. Left by Cotto. Chopping right by Cotto. Cotto uppercut lands. Mosley's right eye appears to be puffy. Cotto's round, 10-9

ROUND 2: Cotto lands a left. Cotto connects with a hard jab. Straight right by Cotto lands. Mosley is not landing much. They're talking in the center of the ring at the midpoint of the round. They exchange jabs, but Cotto's are more solid. Mosley misses with a wild right hand. Left uppercut by Mosley. Cotto lands a left and Mosley counters with a hard right. Hard right by Mosley. Another right inside by Mosley as Cotto goes to the body. Mosley backs Cotto to the corner as the crowd roars. The action is heating up. Cotto's round, 10-9 (20-18 overall).

ROUND 3: Hard body shot by Cotto opens the round. Mosley lands a right to the ribs and Cotto pops a jab. They're both jabbing hard now. Right over the top by Mosley. Hard overhand right by Mosley seems to faze Cotto. Combination to the body by Mosley. Short uppercut by Mosley lands. Cotto connects partially with a left hook to the chin. They're tied up inside. Cotto lands a right to the body. Referee Benji Esteves separates them. Cotto lands a hard left hook. Right hand by Cotto lands. Combination to the body and head by Mosley. Mosley's round, 10-9 (29-28, Cotto).

ROUND 4: Left hook by Cotto. Mosley lands a right and Cotto counters with a hook. They're tied up in Mosley's corner. Short right by Mosley as crowd urges Cotto on. Right uppercut by Mosley lands. Cotto digs to the ribs. Cotto lands a right-left. They trade in the middle. They're fighting at short range most of the time. Left hook and a right hand by Cotto. Mosley lands a chopping right. Cotto is relentless in moving forward. Body shot by Mosley lands but Cotto gets in a hard right. Mosley is bouncing on his toes now. They exchange combinations to the head. Mosley lands a short right. Cotto's round, 10-9 (39-37, Cotto).

ROUND 5: They're battling in the middle. Action is slowest it has been in the fight. They wrestle into the ropes again. Crowd boos as nothing is happening. Mosley lands a double jab and then a hard body shot. Cotto goes to the body for a combination. Mosley digs a body shot. Cotto lands a left hook. Right hand by Mosley lands. Hard right and then a left by Cotto. Jab-right hand by Cotto. Short right from Mosley. Mosley's round, 10-9 (48-47, Cotto).

ROUND 6: Cotto's jab connects twice. Mosley lands a right. Cotto lands a three-punch combination to the head. Hard body shot by Mosley. Double left to the head by Cotto. Right hand by Cotto lands. Straight right from Cotto snaps Mosley's head. Mosley lands a right, but Cotto lands hard to the body. Mosley is circling and bouncing. The style of the fight is definitely favoring Cotto. Cotto lands an overhand left. Mosley pops a jab. Cotto lands to the body. Right hand by Cotto. Mosley seems weary. Cotto's round, 10-9 (58-56, Cotto).

ROUND 7: They're talking about something as the round opens. Hard overhand right by Mosley. Mosley pops a jab. Mosley doesn't want to stand in front of Cotto as much. He's moving. Cotto connects with a left. Hard right by Mosley at round's midpoint. Cotto lands a combination but Mosley circles away. Hard left to the body by Cotto. They're wrestling on the ropes. Esteves breaks them. There are 30 seconds left. Round is in the balance. Left hook by Cotto. Short right by Mosley. Mosley's round, 10-9 (67-66, Cotto).

ROUND 8: Straight right hand by Cotto. Hard overhand right by Cotto. Left hook by Mosley. Esteves warns Mosley. Cotto goes southpaw and lands a left. Hard right by Mosley. Cotto boring forward. Cotto lands a double jab. Hard right hand over top by Cotto. Cotto lands a combination at the 10-second mark. Cotto's round, 10-9 (77-75, Cotto).

ROUND 9: Mosley opens round with a left. They battle to the body. Right hand and then a left hook to the head by Cotto. Left hook again by Cotto. They exchange to the body, both landing hard shots. Right-left to the head by Cotto. Cotto lands a jab. Right-left again by Cotto. Mosley is moving forward now and pins Cotto on ropes. They're landing to the body. They begin to wrestle. Mosley lands low to Cotto's hip. No warning from the referee. Hard right over the top. Left hook by Mosley. Left hook by Cotto. Crowd is going wild. Cotto's round, 10-9 (87-84, Cotto).

ROUND 10:
They trade in the center. Hard right by Mosley. Another hard right by Mosley. Action stopped to wipe a spill in the corner, which benefits Cotto. Right to the head by Mosley. Crowd chanting for Mosley. A lot of people on their feet. They're battling hard inside. Cotto misses a wild hook. Cotto gets in a left. Interesting, it's now Mosley moving forward. Right uppercut by Mosley. Cotto lands to the body. Hard left hook to the chin by Cotto. There are 30 seconds left in the round. Cotto goes southpaw. Straight left from the southpaw stance by Cotto. Two hooks by Cotto and then they trade. Good action. Mosley's round, 10-9 (96-94, Cotto).

ROUND 11: Right hand to open the round by Cotto. They're tied up on the inside after exchanging body shots. Hard straight right by Cotto. Right over the top by Cotto. Mosley double left to the body by Mosley. Left hook by Cotto. Cotto lands a combination but Mosley goes to the body for a hook. Cotto goes to the body. A close, close round. They trade but block most. Left hook by Cotto. Cotto's round, 10-9 (106-103, Cotto).

ROUND 12: Crowd is roaring as the round begins. It's a close fight and many of the rounds could have gone either way. Both fighters seem to sense this. Mosley pins Cotto on the ropes as the action has slowed with two minutes left. Mosley slips on water in Cotto's corner. Mosley lands a hook. Cotto cracks him with a right. Mosley is squinting. Cotto is cut on right eye, perhaps for a butt. There are 30 seconds left. Hard right by Mosley. Mosley's round, 10-9 Yahoo! Sports has it 115-113 for Cotto.

SCORING:

Judge Glenn Feldman: 115-113 Cotto

Judge Winn Kintz: 116-113 Cotto

Judge Peter Trematera: 115-113 Cotto

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