Unlike most boxing talents in the sport today, Miguel Cotto has not only proven to be a top-notch fighter, but has also now challenged both top fighters in the sport—Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather.
Mayweather said in a piece on ESPN that it was not only a tough fight, but one that was the most difficult of his career.
In both of those fights, Cotto not only hung with both Pacquiao and Mayweather for 12 rounds, but also had the ability and several opportunities in each match to come out on top. When it came time to fight the best in the sport, Junito was ready for the moment.
Both fights came anything but easy for Mayweather and Pacquiao, as Money stressed after the fight readily. Pretty Boy said Cotto was not only a difficult opponent, but the toughest one he has ever faced.
Cotto was out-punched by 181 punches, yet was able to land just 74 less in the bout than Mayweather.
Coming from a talent that has won 43-straight matches and counting without a loss in his career, this was quite a feat for Cotto. In fact, the loss only added to his greatness.
The effort inevitably has Junito in the conversation of being a top-three fighter today, with Pacquiao and Mayweather leading the way.
For his career, Cotto is 37-3, losing for the first time since the loss to Pac-Man back in 2009. It is clear that, since then, Cotto has put himself in a new light in the sport. There is no question that with his sense of urgency to go up against the best, Junito made the best move he could make.
Losing in the hard-fought, tough fashion that he has each time only makes him that much more of a respected talent when it's all said and done and he's looking back at his career.
Cotto: "Job well done, you have barely fallen to the best."