Miguel Ángel Cotto Vázquez (born October 29, 1980) best known as Miguel Cotto, is a Puerto Rican professional boxer. He is the first and only Puerto Rican to win titles in four different weight classes and is the current WBC, lineal, The Ring and TBRB world middleweight champion. As an amateur, Cotto represented Puerto Rico in the lightweight and light welterweight divisions at various international events including the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 1998 Junior World Championships, where he won a silver medal.
He began his professional career in 2001, and on September 11, 2004, he defeated Kelson Pinto for the WBO junior welterweight championship. He defended the title successfully a total of six times, before vacating it when he ascended to the welterweight division. In his first welterweight fight, he defeated Carlos Quintana for the vacant WBA welterweight championship. Cotto successfully defended this title against Oktay Urkal, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley and Alfonso Gómez, before losing it to Antonio Margarito. On February 21, 2009, Cotto defeated Michael Jennings to win the vacant WBO welterweight championship. He defended the title against Joshua Clottey before losing it to Manny Pacquiao on November 14, 2009. On June 5, 2010, Cotto competed in his first fight at light middleweight, defeating Yuri Foreman for the WBA super welterweight championship. On June 7, 2014, Cotto defeated Sergio Martínez to capture the TBRB, WBC and The Ring middleweight titles. In doing so, he became the first Puerto Rican fighter in history to win a world title in four different weight classes.
Cotto is considered to be one of the greatest Puerto Rican boxers along with Félix Trinidad, Wilfred Benitez, Hector Camacho, Wilfredo Gomez, and Carlos Ortiz.
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