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Cotto: Classy in defeat


Never let it be said that Miguel Cotto is a smack-talking, excuse-making, "oh this and that and that and this happened and then I lost" kind of a fighter.

After his first pro loss, all he really had to say was this:

"This was Margarito's night. He's an excellent fighter. He did his job better than I did. ... I am very proud and very happy I was able to give the fans a great fight."

There remains nothing I don't like about Miguel Cotto. Antonio Margarito beat him down and forced him into submission, no easy task. And Cotto is a man about it and says he'll move on.

Also notable in that Tim Smith article is that Arum says he's looking to match Margarito with the Clottey-Judah winner next. Margarito already beat Clottey, as you probably remember, in December 2006, on the same card where Cotto demolished Carlos Quintana. I think the Bobfather's hoping for a Judah win, because he says it's time for Margarito to "chase cash," and there's no money in Joshua Clottey.

Where Cotto goes next is a mystery. If Shane Mosley can't find himself a good dance partner post-Mayorga (assuming, as we all do, that he wins), a Cotto-Mosley rematch might work.

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