Miguel Cotto Vasquez will go down in history as the man who put Puerto Rico on the boxing map. Armed with a humble and modest appearance, Miguel made himself popular in the boxing world for his modesty and simplicity outside the ring. Inside the ring, Miguel was a different kind of beast, a tough fighter who lacked size and speed, but who was an exceptional technical fighter.
Miguel Cotto’s professional boxing career spanned nearly two decades from 2001 to 2017, and he will be remembered in the boxing world as the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four weight categories. Between 2007 and 2009, Miguel Cotto was at the height of his powers, as evidenced by his impressive seventh-place pound for pound ranking by The Ring Magazine.
Miguel Cotto was born in Rhode Island on October 29, 1980, to Puerto Rican parents. Before he was two years old, Miguel Cotto had to move back to Caguas in Puerto Rico. One could say that the genes for boxing were very present in his family, with several of his relatives being connected to boxing. His late father Miguel Cotto Sr, his second cousin Abner Cotto, his former boxing coach, and uncle Evangelista Cotto and his brother Jose Miguel Cotto were all boxers with varying degrees of success.
Miguel Cotto started his career as a hard-hitting and pressure fighter, but over the years he has evolved into a more calculated and refined boxer/punchers as he has moved up in the weight categories. Miguel was fat as a child and started boxing primarily to lose weight. At that time he had no idea that boxing would become a career path.
He was taken by his uncle to Bairoa Gym in Caguas, where the young Cotto developed into an amateur fighter. His career began when he defeated the former world champion candidate John Brown in the tenth round by a decision. Cotto had a career scare when he suffered a career-threatening injury in 2001 when he was in a car accident at 5:00 a.m. on his way to a gym, broke his arm and had to be hospitalized for a full recovery.
Cotto ended his boxing career with a total of 47 fights and 41 wins. Of the 41 victories, 33 were won by knockout, which resulted in Cotto losing 6 of his career. Cotto is widely regarded as Puerto Rico’s biggest sports export of all time and is considered one of the best boxers in his country alongside the likes of Wilfredo Gomez, Felix Trinidad, Wilfred Benitez, Hector Camacho, and Carlos Ortiz.
One of Miguel Cotto’s more outstanding duels was his fight against Antonio Margarito, which ended in a bloody defeat for Cotto. In Margarito’s subsequent fight against Shane Mosley, officials discovered that his hands were wrapped in a charged substance believed to be plaster of Paris. It is generally believed that Margarito used the same trick to achieve his earlier victory over Miguel Cotto.
Three and a half years later, Miguel was up against Margarito in the second defense of his WBA title, and this time Miguel took an act of brutal revenge. Margarito had taken blows to the right eye in his fight against Manny Pacquiao a year earlier. In one of the bloodiest fights ever, Miguel directed his revenge solely at Margarito’s right eye, leaving a swollen, bloody mess. Margarito had to stop fighting for more than four years to recover from the damage done.
When he retired from professional and competitive boxing, Miguel Cotto built up and directed a boxing promotion called “Promociones Miguel Cotto”. The agency set up fight maps, but with the geographical limitation of being active only in Puerto Rico.
He also founded a non-profit organization called “El Angel” that promotes physical activity and measures to combat the childhood obesity he suffered from.
Miguel Cotto’s Wife, Sons, and Family
He is married to a lady whom he described as the love of his life, although he has had previous relationships. Cotto married Melissa Guzman in 1998 and the couple is blessed with three children.
They named their first daughter Alondra Cotto and their second child and first son after themselves Miguel Cotto III. His last son is Luiz Cotto. The marriage was somewhat shaken when it was discovered that Cotto was having an extra-marital affair which resulted in a daughter being born in November 2006.
Cotto’s brother, Jose Cotto, who was a boxer, sadly died on January 3, 2010. His mother’s name was Juana Vasquez.
His Net Worth
Miguel Cotto stood at the top of the box pyramid for the best part of two decades, which suggests that he would have benefited financially from it. Miguel Cotto has a net worth $25 million.
Height, Body measurement
Miguel Angel Cotto Vasquez, nicknamed Junito, stands at 5 ft. 7, which is 170 cm. He has a range of 67, which corresponds to 170 cm.