After taking a beating from Antonio Margarito in the summer of 2008, Cotto suffered his first lost ever. The once undefeated fighter was said that following the fight he was crying so hard, it was tears of blood.
Cotto was devastated by such a loss and the media and experts questioned whether he would ever come back from it. Every fight he went into following his first defeat, had lingering questions about his mental state.
The media, the boxing fans and others didn't put that loss behind him, and they wondered if Cotto would ever be able to.
After that fight he went to his father for support.
Cotto then suffered another loss; in his most recent fight with Manny Pacquiao. His father was there to lift him up and encourage the former champion once again.
But Cotto's third loss didn't come in the ring.
Miguel Cotto Sr. the father of former two time welterweight champion Miguel Cotto, died from a heart attack on Sunday, in Puerto Rico.
Top Ranks CEO, Bob Arum, confirmed Sunday that "It happened sometime today. They called me from Puerto Rico to tell me about his sudden death."
"He suffered from serious asthma, and he had an asthma attack that affected his heart," Arum stated. When Cotto had the heart attack he was driving, and stopped the car and looked for assistance. Arum said that he planned to talk to boxer Miguel Cotto Monday.
Miguel Cotto's corner had been worked by his father in his last bout with Manny Pacquiao, when he was stopped via TKO in the 12th round.
Cotto Sr. was survived by Miguel Cotto, 32-year-old welterweight Jose Miguel Cotto (31-1-1, 23 KOs), and three grandchildren.
Miguel has come back from a loss in the ring to once again become champion.
And there's not a doubt in my mind that he will do it again.
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