Sadam Ali spoils Miguel Cotto's farewell party at The Garden

Miguel Cotto

Miguel Cotto stepped into the ring late Saturday night and the crowd of 12,391 was on its feet at Madison Square Garden, showering the world's most famous boxing stage with high-decibel noise.

Cotto had come to his house, Madison Square Garden, where he headlined for the 10th time, to say goodbye to fans who have supported him throughout his career. He went on to win six world titles - most recently a vacant 154-pound belt on August 26 against Yoshihiro Kamegai that Cotto was defending for the first time on Saturday - in four weight divisions: junior welterweight, welterweight, junior middleweight and middleweight.

After four brilliant rounds, Ali curiously took his foot off the gas, allowing Cotto to climb back into the fight. By the 11th, I thought the fight was close, ” Ali mentioned.

"It's taken me five years to get here, and I'm cherishing this moment for me and for Puerto Rico", said Acosta. "He has tremendous power". "And, again, we would have loved to go out with one of the bigger names, but the thing is they're not available at this point, and we want to stay busy", he said. I don't want to make excuses. "I've learned a lot since my last fight for a world title against Tanaka, and this fight proves that I learned and fixed all I needed to win a world championship".

As the younger fighter's speed and stamina began to tell, Cotto took some hard shots in the eighth. Ali then turned the tables on Cotto in the 4th, landing overhand right hooks that stopped Cotto in his tracks and building his confidence. "I knew I had to do something or he would have dug in", Ali said.

This was not the way Miguel Cotto's legendary career was supposed to end.

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Holder of six belts in four weight classes in his distinguished career - and the only boxer from the tradition-rich Caribbean island to own four such titles - he retires with a reputation as one of the classiest and fearless fighters of his era.

For over a year, Cotto has insisted that his December 2017 bout would be his last, and he hasn't budged. "I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family".

But despite the loss, Cotto was gracious in defeat and reiterated that this will be indeed his last fight in the ring - a performance that failed to sell out the famed arena like he has done in the past. I had the opportunity to provide the best for my family because of the sport, ” was Cottos farewell acknowledgement at The Mecca of Boxing.

“Thank you for all the fans, I am proud to call MSG my second home.

In his 17-year pro career, Cotto defeated a host of marquee fighters, including Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Shane Mosley, Antonio Margarito and Ricardo Mayorga.

"I had him hurt here or there in the first couple of rounds", said Ali, who connected with 139 of 647 punches (21 per cent) compared to 163 of 536 (30 per cent) for Cotto. "They really didn't have to". I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count.

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