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Updated: Jan 3, 2017
Record: 40-5, 33 KO
Last Fight: L-UD 12 by Canelo Alvarez, Nov 21, 2015
Weight (last fight): 153½ lbs
Next fight: James Kirkland, Feb 25, 2017
Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico is a multi-division champion, the younger brother of contender Jose Miguel Cotto and cousin of Abner Cotto.
As an amateur, Cotto represented Puerto Rico in the lightweight and light welterweight divisions at various international events including the 1999 Pan American Games, the 2000 Summer Olympics and the 1998 Junior World Championships where he won a silver medal.
Miguel Cotto is a former WBC and Ring Magazine middleweight world champion and the first native of Puerto Rico to become world champion in four different weight classes. He previously held the WBO junior welterweight world title, the WBA welterweight world title, the WBO welterweight world title and the WBA super welterweight world title. He also represented Puerto Rico in the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.
Cotto has competed in 24 world championship fights, compiling a record of 19-5 with 16 knockouts in those bouts. In Puerto Rico, he is hailed as a national hero and the successor of Felix "Tito" Trinidad as the island's most revered boxer. Cotto is one of the biggest gate attractions in boxing and one of the largest pay-per-view draws among active fighters.
In June 2014, Cotto made history in his first fight as a middleweight by dominating Argentine southpaw and defending WBC and Ring Magazine Middleweight World Champion Sergio "Maravilla" Martinez. He is trained by legendary Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach and has fought some of the biggest names in the sport including Floyd "Money" Mayweather and Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao.
On June 6, 2015, Cotto defended his WBC, Ring Magazine and lineal middleweight world championships against former two-time World Champion Daniel Geale at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. Cotto scored a thunderous knockdown early in the fourth round before finishing matters with a second knockdown midway through the round, which left Geale unable to continue.
On November 21, 2015, Cotto cemented his status as one of the biggest pay-per-view draws among active fighters in his much anticipated mega-fight against Mexico’s Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, despite going the distance for a twelve-round unanimous decision loss. The hard-fought bout has been dubbed as the biggest fight in the history of the famed Puerto Rico vs. Mexico boxing rivalry. The Five-Time World Champion is eager to return to the ring against James Kirkland on February 25.
Updated: February 13, 2016
Manny Pacquiao Record: 59-6-2, 38 KO
Current Champion: WBO
Rounds Boxed: 443
Net Worth: $190 Million USD est
Manny Pacquiao, sometimes known simply as "Pac Man," began his professional career in 1995 at the age of 16.
He is the first and only eight-division world champion and has won ten world titles. He's also the first fighter in boxing history to win the RING Magazine/lineal championship in four different weight classes.
He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s (decade) by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA), World Boxing Council (WBC) and World Boxing Organization (WBO). He is also a three-time The Ring and BWAA "Fighter of the Year," winning the award in 2006, 2008 and 2009, and the Best Fighter ESPY Award in 2009 and 2011.
He was long rated as the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world by some sporting news and boxing websites, including FightSaga, ESPN, Sports Illustrated, Sporting Life, Yahoo! Sports, About.com, BoxRec and The RING Magazine.
His aggression, punching power, tenacity and impeccable footwork have made him one of the most exciting fighters in history. Moreover, his warm demeanor, endearing smile, charm and chisled physique have helped make him one of the most popular athletes in the world.
In 2009, Pacquiao formed a new political party, the People's Champ Movement, and won a congressional seat to become the lone district of Sarangani's House representative in May 2010.