Miguel Cotto has become synonymous with Madison Square Garden and boxing in New York City.
The former four-time World Champion has fought in the Garden on seven previous occasions, winning all of them, and will try to capture his fifth world title against Austin Trout on Saturday night.
Trout, the WBA junior middleweight champion, has taken the long road to boxing's biggest stage. Even as the defending champion, he is—without a doubt—the party crasher.
But it's Miguel Cotto's house, and it's his party.
For Trout to walk out of the arena with his WBA title still around his waist he will need to turn in the performance of his career.
It will also require him to walk into the lion's den—in an environment the likes he's never seen—and turn back a future Hall of Famer in his backyard.
That is not an easy task for any fighter, especially given the guts and determination that have become the hallmark of Miguel Cotto's career.
Who will emerge victorious when Austin Trout defends his WBA 154-pound title against Puerto Rican legend Miguel Cotto?
Read on as we breakdown the fighters, the fight and give you the inside scoop on whose hand will be raised on Saturday night.
Kevin McRae is a featured columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted all quotes were obtained by the writer personally