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Cotto vs Rodriguez does boxing's highest cable rating of 2013

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Miguel Cotto still brings 'em in, as the 32-year-old Puerto Rican star's return to HBO was watched by more homes than any other fight on cable in 2013.

Mike Ehrmann

Miguel Cotto had lost two straight fights, but his star power had not faded as a result. This past Saturday on HBO, the Puerto Rican superstar's return to the ring brought in 1.55 million viewers, the highest-rated cable fight of 2013, according to Nielsen.

Cotto (38-4, 31 KO) stopped Delvin Rodriguez (28-7-3, 16 KO) in the third round, a scintillating performance that turned a lot of heads. With new trainer Freddie Roach at his side, the veteran looked like the Miguel Cotto of old, the body punching, vicious offensive star who fought with a sneer and an intention to do damage.

Just one weekend earlier, HBO had set the previous high mark for the year with the Chavez Jr-Vera contest, which brought in 1.416 million viewers. It's worth noting that for all the talk of Showtime having a great year and making strides, 13 of the 15 highest-rated fights on cable this year have come from HBO.