[dramatic music]♪ ♪male announcer: The following
is a presentation
of HBO Sports.[soft instrumental music][crowd cheering]– Move over, “Tito” Trinidad.There’s a new superstar
in Puerto Rico.
♪ ♪[crowd cheering fades in]– Much of the crowd standing,as Cotto continues…
– It’s over.
– The vicious assault.♪ ♪He doesn’t want anymore,
or so it appears,
and Arthur Mercante
stops the fight.
Big left-hand by Cotto!♪ ♪– Still undefeated,Miguel Angel Cotto!♪ ♪– It’s like hitting
a brick wall
that continues to close in.– Margarito getting
the better of it here.
– [stammers]
– Cotto’s hurt! Cotto’s hurt!
– Miguel Cotto getting
beaten up by another man.
– Man, yeah,
it’s over, it’s over.
– He’s exhausted,
and it’s almost over.
And Cotto goes to a knee!And Evangelista Cotto’s
gonna throw in the towel.
An epic fightwith an epic conclusion.♪ ♪– [grunting] [crowd chanting]
Cotto! Cotto! Cotto! Cotto!♪ ♪– Miguel Cotto
has made every effort
in the buildup to this fight
to keep saying,
“This isn’t about
all that other stuff.
It’s just about,
‘We’re going to fight.'”
♪ ♪Cotto going to the body.Down goes Martinez!♪ ♪The biggest night
in Miguel Cotto’s career.
♪ ♪– You said that
you wanted to retire,
uh, at the end of this year.– What you think?– If–if you’re up for it,I think we’d all like
to see you again.
– One more in December then.
That will be all. [crowd cheering, yelling]♪ ♪– Hello, I’m Jim Lampley. Welcome to “Miguel Cotto:
A Retrospective.” In our more than four decades
of boxing coverage here at HBO, it’s been our privilege
to cover hundreds of fighters, but only a generous
handful of them from the very beginning of
their professional careers until the moment of
their ultimate departure from the sport,
their retirement. With Miguel Cotto
having announced that his December 2 fight
will be his last, he joins the ranks of fighters
whose accomplishments in boxing have been special for fans, special for the sport itself, and special for all of us
who’ve worked with him at the network
where he’s made his home. Soon, I’ll be joined here
on the set by Miguel, but as we embark now
on a journey through his entire professional career, we take you back to his entry
into professional boxing, after the Sydney Olympics
in 2000, beginning in 2001, a career that began with all
the fanfare you would expect for a decorated
Puerto Rican amateur, moving forward toward
his professional destiny. [crowd chattering]– Now,
let’s get ready to watch
the hottest young prospect
in boxing, Miguel Cotto.
We’re on an island
here in Puerto Rico,
which has produced
so many great names in boxing,
among them, Wilfredo Gómez,
“Tito” Trinidad, two true immortals.Is Cotto headed toward
being on that list?
– That’s the idea,
that’s the hope,
but it is a very high
standard to meet.
– Boxing is one of the most
sought after sports
for the people of Puerto Rico.They have a special interest
and a passion for it.I’ve heard for the first time
of Miguel Cotto
back when he was
a amateur boxer,
and he represented Puerto Rico
in the Olympics.
There were a lot of
expectations with him.In the early 2000s,Felix “Tito” Trinidad
still dominated the scene.
Trinidad was
a people’s person.
Trinidad would be
joking around,
shaking hands,
taking pictures,
and Miguel is
a more serious person,
more professional. Just, “Uh, I’m here
to do my job.” At first, it was–they didn’t
respect that of Miguel. They thought that
he had to be like Trinidad.But in time,they came to respect
how Miguel is,
his personality,
and understood.
Miguel preferred more to speak
with actions than words.
– That’s a knockdown.[solemn music]Cotto stretches
his record to 15 and 0.
– Signature punch was
that left hook to the body.That was bread and butter
for Miguel.
[dramatic music]– Another vicious body shot.They say, “Don’t fall in love
with a fighter.”
How could you not fall in love
with Miguel Cotto’s skills?
This barrage of right handsmay wind up ending the fight.♪ ♪Move over, Tito Trinidad,there’s a new superstar
in Puerto Rico.
While Cotto’s
exploits in the ring
established his popularity
in Puerto Rico,
his ascent to global stardom
emerged in large part
from his showdowns
at Madison Square Garden.
His hometown is
Caguas, Puerto Rico,
but his home court as a boxeris New York City.This is obviously
a Miguel Cotto crowd.
♪ ♪In 2005, he began
an almost annual tradition
of fighting on the eve of
the Puerto Rican Day Parade,
much to the delightof impassioned
New York audiences.
– Other Puerto Rican fighters
fought in New York,
Trinidad and Gomez,but Miguel took it
to another level and people just wantedto be a part of
that tradition.
– In 2007,Madison Square Garden
played host
to the most significant
of Cotto’s career
to that point,
when he squared off
against Shane Mosley
for a welterweight title.Cotto has energy!What a vicious struggle.Glory in the Garden.Miguel Cotto remains unbeaten.♪ ♪Now we welcome Miguel Cotto
to this set, which has been designed,
Miguel, to commemorate some of the best and worst moments
of your boxing career. No great boxing career
goes without having both. Let’s go back to
the very beginning. How did you get started boxing? – I was a little– not a little–a lot overweight,
when I was 11, and my brothers, they were boxers at the time. I decided to start boxing just to lose weight. – Did you realize at the time how deeply involving an obsession this could become? – I made my boxing my life, and here we are. – Early in your
professional career, you suffered an accident, for which I believe
you still have a titanium rod
in your shoulder. What happened, and– and what was its effect
on your career at that time? – I was driving from my house to the track for my morning workout.I fall asleep at the wheel,and my car, the impact
from the visual,
and I broke my right humerus in three parts.The doctors told me thatI had to take a year,
year and a half,
to return to boxing,but six, seven months, uh, I return to–to boxing again. – Then, the early portion
of your career, you were constantly
being compared to Tito. Do you think it took Puerto
Rican fans a little while to accept and adjust
to the fact that you didn’t have Tito’s bubbly, outgoing, uh,
vibrant personality? – People– sometimes,
they didn’t understand, but I am who I am, and I’m not going to change. You know, I’m just going to be Miguel, uh, every time. – You had several fights before you first appeared
in Madison Square Garden. Ultimately, that became, as we mentioned, uh,
kind of a ritual for you to come back to New York City
at least once a year.Were you surprised at
the emotional lift
that you got
from fighting in that arena?
– If you talk about
boxing at the Garden,
at some point, you have to addMiguel Cotto
to the conversation.
I think that
Madison Square Garden make Miguel Cotto
the boxer he is right now. – So, it’s poetic, given what the Garden
meant to you, that you were back there December 3, 2011, for what most of the world saw as a deeply important
revenge fight for you against Antonio Margarito. Was it extra meaningful
that that took place before your crowd
at the Garden? – All I want for this fight,
for this opportunity, was showing to the people
that what happened, what really happened
on our first fight, they really can’t found
a better place to make this fight.[solemn percussive music]♪ ♪– So, who was Miguel Cottoheading into
the Margarito fight?
He was ascending
the pound-for-pound ranking.
One of the reasons people
wanted to see the fight so much is it was the two best
147 pounders in the world,and you knew,
given their styles,
it had to be
a great action fight.♪ ♪– Cotto is
a much better boxer,
much faster,
much more crisper puncher.
– Because Cotto was this proud,
undefeated champion.And he started the fight
just outclassing Margarito.
But around the fifth
or sixth round, suddenly, every time
Margarito touched Cotto, it was leaving a mark, and it was spooky.I mean, we know
Cotto’s heavy-handed,
and we see him landing
these titanic shots,
and they don’t seem
to faze Margarito at all.
The hair-raising part,
I think really, was that Cotto
eventually knelt.Margarito short shots
on the inside…
– And Cotto goes to a knee!– Like, he had enough.
He acquiesced. And Cotto was such
a proud champion, especially
an undefeated champion.– The punishment
has accumulated
to the point where Cotto
has nothing left.
– It’s over, it’s over.– And Evangelista Cotto’s
gonna throw in the towel.
– You don’t expect him
to go out like that.
You’d expect him
to go out on his shield.
Like, you have to
separate him from his senses.
But Cotto’s sprit
was broken by Margarito,
and that was,
in a way, hard to watch, but in a way,
you couldn’t look away.♪ ♪Cotto was not the same fighter
after the Margarito loss.
A lot of what made Cotto
such an excellent fighter was his pride and his determination. That was stripped from him.– Manny landed a little
right hook in there,
and follows up
by knocking Cotto down!
Victory for Pacquiao.Second loss of Cotto’s career.– It was career-altering
for Cotto.
And, of course, after the fact, when you found out
that Margarito had hand wraps that were dipped in something, suddenly, the Cotto fight
made so much sense.– It’s probably
the enormous perception
that Cotto was
illegally violated
in Las Vegas three years ago.And they want a form of
blood revenge tonight.
– The rematch was aboutMargarito getting
his comeuppance.
The cheaters never win, right? Like, he’s gonna
really get punished. And in boxing, you’re not gonna get punished
by getting struck out or dunked on. You’re gonna get
physically punished.– Hard right hand by Cotto.– He’s doing
a serious operation
on Margarito’s face right now.– Another good combination
by Cotto.
He’s fighting
a far different fight now
than he was fighting in
round nine of the first fight.
– Cott’s fighting
as though he doesn’t have
the same fear of
Margarito’s punches
in their first fight.
[bell dings]
– It’s over!It’s over!And revenge is sweet!– I’m sure the win was
very gratifying for Cotto, ’cause again, he got revenge. You know, he avenged
not only the loss, but an injustice.Whatever this says about
the human condition,
there’s something
very satisfying
about that, I think.♪ ♪– Just to make clear,
the world knows that in his next ring appearance,
after he fought you, Margarito attempted
to enter the ring with illegal hand wraps against Shane Mosley
in Los Angeles. Was prevented from doing so by Shane’s trainer,
Naazim Richardson. And when he came into the ring,
he was a paper tiger. Mosley backed him up
from the opening bell, and ultimately knocked him out. Based on all that, do you believe that
Antonio Margarito used illegal hand wraps against you? – 100%. – So, you knew that your career had probably been
compromised by an illegal act,when you were going on
to fight Manny Pacquiao
and Floyd Mayweather,the two best fighters
in the sport at that time?
– Probably, but, you know, I’m here just to… do my best every day, and I never stop doing that. – This was so personal,
and such a crime against you, that we assume there was
an enormous feeling of revenge and catharsis when you knocked him out
in New York in 2011. – Which was just satisfying. The most satisfying moment
in my career. – You’re able to be so… Calm and unaffected by this particular injustice, what happened
against Margarito. You have a very close family. They’re always at ringside. They’re a big part
of your career. How did Melissa
and the children feel about it? – I never talk to them
about boxing. Uh, I have a rule
with myself that boxing is my work. I never sit–sit with them and talk about the fight,
you know, but…I know that they enjoyedthe second one.– I know of no fighter
whose family has been
more demonstratively
supportive and more constant at
ringside than yours. We asked them
to talk to us about what you’ve meant to them.[soft instrumental music]– My father has been a fighter
all my life.
He’s been fighting
for 16 years, and I’m 16 years old.I remembered
going to the track,
like, waking up
in the morning, going running.
The thing that most
reminds me of it
is the birds in the morning and the breeze.When we went there,
it was cold,
and the bird were,
like, chirping.
♪ ♪He’s practically my idol,and I want to follow him.– As a child, I used to want to be a boxer too,
like my father, and I have pictures of me, dressed up as a boxer.Or in the gym,like, trying out the gloves
and all the stuff.
– I just remember
him training a lot.
When we went to visit him, he always tried
to make it fun for us,because we didn’t–we didn’t see him for so long.People don’t understand,
because all they see is
money and traveling and all nice things, but they don’t know
of the sacrifices, the hard stuff
behind all of it. – [speaking Spanish]♪ ♪– And I know it’s hard–
harder for him than it is for–
than it is for us, but the sacrifices
are necessary, ’cause it’s his job.It’s the thing that he loves.– I don’t like
going to the fights.For me, I wish
my dad was invincible.
I don’t wanna watch him,
like, hurt himself.
But I love my dad,
and I wanna support him,
and I wanna be there always.– We’re part of it. He’s doing it,
because he loves it, but he’s doing it for us,
for his family,so we wanna be there
to support him.
– When the fight starts, we always want it to end,
like, really, really fast.♪ ♪It’s a great moment
when he wins.
It’s a proud moment.But it’s a bittersweet moment,because we don’t want
the fights to keep going. – [speaking Spanish]♪ ♪– The thing that
he has taught me,
to believe in what I do, to do what I love, and do it no matter what. – He has taught me
to be strong, to always be…humble.– I’m proud of my dad.Does everything
that he does for us, and builds a legacy.It doesn’t matter to me
that he’s very famous.
All that matters
to me is that–
that he’s here and well,
with us.
♪ ♪– These tears, these are tears which reflect the depth of what you feel,
watching them say what they’ve said
about you, right? – I’m came from the best couple… [shaky breathing]
In the world: my mom… and my dad.They showed me the wayI have to be for my kids,the thingsI have to be willing
to do for them.
I’ve been a boxer for… [sniffles] Uh… 20-something years of my life. And if I’m going to have
any other birthday… I wait for them. Any other special date, I wait for them,
’cause all I want to do is be for them. And… it’s my turn… To show them
what you have to do… For your family. – This decision
that you’re making, to retire from boxing, have you, in your private,
quiet moments, discussed that
in your conscience with your father? – He pass away… [sniffles] In, uh, January 3rd, 2010. He’s here.He’s always somewhere there.He’s always letting me knowwhat I have to do.He’s always on my mind.The best thing
that I ever had in life…
Was him.
[sniffles] – And I think you can rest
assured that your father remains very proud of you in perpetuity. I have an emotional sense that, in these last few years
of your career, your family expanded by one, because of the close
relationship you’ve shown with Freddie Roach. Isn’t this
the closest relationship you’ve had with a trainer, and what does Freddie
mean to you? – I never experience a relationship between
myself and a trainer… As the one I have
with Freddie today.[solemn synth music][hitting punching bag]
– Punch up! Punch overhand!
How I linked up
with Miguel was,
all of a sudden,
I get a phone call,
and he said, “Freddie,“I got about
three fights left in me.
Can–can you help me?”And I said,
“Is this really you?” [chuckles] “Yeah.” Punch up.“I’d love to help you.”And it’s been a–
a great run for–for us for–for his last
four or five fights. – [sharp exhales]
– Fight. The chemistry was good
between me and Miguel.We get along well,
and he worked hard.
I like people who work hard.Uh, a lot of people
didn’t expect to see, uh, us click together
like that right away, and we–we did. Nice hook.Miguel, he was always
a good fighter,
and a very solid guy.Good puncher,
great left hook to the body.
When we got together,and the first thing
I brought back
was the left hook, of course,because that’s is–to me,
his best–his best weapon.– So, it’s finally time
for our main event:
Miguel Cotto
against Sergio Martinez.
– I thought Martinez
was a great fighter for us.– Cotto’s off to
a blazing start!
– Martinez badly hurt, Jim,
with a left hook!
– Down goes Martinez.– Yeah, Madison Square Garden, uh, putting him down
early like that, again, I didn’t expect it.But Miguel was really,
really taking to heart,
and his left hook was back.– The biggest night of
Miguel Cotto’s career.
[crowd cheering, yelling]Freddie Roach and Miguel Cottohave been together
for six fights in all,
and even though
they’re preparing for
Cotto’s final bout
with Sadam Ali,
the bond between fighter
and trainer will endure.
– You know, this is
a big fight for us, because it’s the last timewe’re gonna see him
on the big screen TV.
Disappointed in some ways? Yes, because I’ll miss him.We’ll remain friends forever.Miguel’s, like, been
one of the best guys
in the world to work with.He’s been in the game so long,and he wants to spend
more time with his family
and be a better father
and just be closer with them.I’m really happy,
because I’m glad that
he’s deciding
when to say it’s over,
not some commissioner, not some, uh, doctor.He’s going out
the way he wants to go out,
and, um, I–I love that.He’s a great fighter,and he’s, like, this nice guy
deep down inside.
He’s just a really good,
caring person.
And, uh, people say, like, “I never saw him smile
in my life, “and you have
all these pictures “of you and him together, and you guys are smiling
the whole time.”And, uh, I says,“I’m glad I could
bring that out of him.”
– Now we’re joined on the set by the most decorated
trainer in boxing, seven-time trainer of the year,
Freddie Roach, Freddie, you had trained
against Miguel Cotto. You took Manny Pacquiao through
his victory against him. What were your impressions
of Miguel after that fight? – Um, he was
a very good fighter, and, um, I think that, uh, he made a few mistakes
with Pacquiao.Uh, he went to the ropes
a little bit too much
in that fight,and he didn’t use
his left hook quite as much.
What I needed to do, I knew. I says, “We gotta
keep him off the ropes, and we’ve gotta get
that left hook back.” And we started working on that
right away. – Miguel, you had been trained
by a member of your family; you had been trained
by a friend; you had been trained
by the very great, uh, Emanuel Steward. What prompted you to choose
to call Freddie up? – That was after… uh, two defeats in a row:Mayweather and Trout.We were asking ourselvesif I had something left on me in boxing, and we decided to call Freddie. He’s my savior, you know. He was the one who… put Miguel on track again. I’m sure now that
it was the best decision I’ve ever made
in my–in my career. – As a person
who has chosen to retire, after this next fight, you are forgoing
the possibility of a rematch against
Canelo Alvarez. Are you disappointed, Freddie, that you will not be having
a rematch against Canelo? – Uh, in a lot of ways, yes, because I thought
we won the first fight.His defense was great
in that fight,
and I thought
we outpointed him.
– Miguel, is it
challenging for you to leave the sport
without going backand settling that issue
against Canelo?
– I have better things to do after December 2nd. – Freddie, the opportunity
to be Miguel Cotto’s last professional opponent was offered to several
big name fighters, and several turned it down, so you wind up with
a matchup against Sadam Ali. What do you think of Sadam Ali? – Um, I think he’s definitely
a challenger. He’s the new generation
coming up, and I don’t like to mix
generations too much like that, you know, because,
well, he’s a lot younger and has a lot more fire, and, um, we’re gonna
have to be at our best to beat him, I feel.– People knows what Freddie
and Miguel is capable of.
And we have been
taking Sadam Ali in a serious way, you know. We have been doing our things
the best way possible, and we are going to fight
on December 2nd the best way possible too. – Thanks, guys,
for all these insights. Great professional
prize fighters make a deep bond
with their audience, because they take risks
to please them, because they work
extremely hard to be the best they can be, because they match themselves
against other men, who might lose to them, but who very well
might beat them as well. But among the greatest
of those fighters, there’s a deeper
impression that’s made, because through
all of their work inside and outside of the ring, they are able to project
their fundamental humanity, and there’s no better example
of that in our sport than Miguel Cotto. So, with an eye toward
what it’s gonna be like to miss him when he’s gone, let’s take a look at
some of the moments that have made his career
so memorable.You’re going to
see Miguel Cotto
try to continue
polishing his image
as the best young fighter
in the sport.
[solemn string music]That was just a perfectly
thrown combination.
We’ve said it many times,Miguel Cotto
doesn’t just beat you,
he beats you up.Cotto always fights back!He doesn’t want anymore,and Arthur Mercante
stops the fight.
Celebration time
for Miguel Cotto.
♪ ♪Cotto showing you
his enormous courage.
Cotto has nothing left!– Does Miguel Cotto still
really want to fight?
– This is a tremendous
physical effort.
He’s making Puerto Rico proud.Mexico, Puerto Rico,the two best 154-pound
fighters in the world.
Cotto comes back with
the left hook to the body.
That was the punch that once
defined Miguel Cotto’s career.
– Cotto is beating
the hell out of him.
– It’s over!
And revenge is sweet!
A sensational performanceby Miguel Cotto.Down goes Martinez!The biggest night of
Miguel Cotto’s career.
♪ ♪Next Saturday, don’t miss
what Miguel Cotto says
is his last fight.He squares off
against Sadam Ali,
live on HBO.[soft orchestral music]♪ ♪announcer: This has been
a presentation
of HBO Sports.

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