Jun 7, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Sergio Martinez goes down after a punch from Miguel Cotto in the first round of WBC World Middleweight fight at Madison Square Garden. Migul Cotto won by TKO. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: Miguel Cotto Massacres Sergio Martinez for the Middleweight Championship of the World


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Madison Square Garden is the glitzy home of the Knicks, the Rangers, the Liberty, and numberless pop stars, but on Saturday night Miguel Cotto turned it into an old-fashioned clipjoint when he mugged Sergio Martinez before 21,091 paying witnesses, scoring a dominant 10th-round TKO to become the first Puerto Rican fighter to win four world titles in four different divisions. This is a feat modern Boricua greats such as Wilfredo Gomez, Wilfred Benitez, and Felix Trinidad were unable to accomplish. Of course, world titles are as common in boxing as Duane Reades are in midtown Manhattan, but Cotto distinguished his achievement by obliterating the generally recognized middleweight champion of the world and scoring an improbable upset in the process. Read “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy: Miguel Cotto Massacres Sergio Martinez for the Middleweight Championship of the World” on Remezcla.

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