Three-division champion Miguel Cotto, one of the most popular and accomplished fighters of his era, and the biggest post-Trinidad star in Puerto Rican boxing, says he only plans to fight three more times before calling it a career and focusing on his family and the promotional side of the sport.
Cotto, 32, says he's only looking to stay in the ring another two years at the most, which isn't a major surprise, but given that this is boxing and fighters talk like this all the time, rarely following through with their promises, it has to be taken with a grain of salt.
But this is a fighter who has long since peaked, and is coming off of back-to-back losses in 2012, to Floyd Mayweather and Austin Trout. Those aren't bad losses by any means, but his overall performance against the bigger, younger Trout definitely wasn't vintage Cotto, and while it doesn't necessarily mean he's "washed up" or "shot," there's simply no doubt that his true best days are behind him.
Cotto (37-4, 30 KO) is open to fighting reigning middleweight champion Sergio Martinez if the money is right, a matchup he has scoffed at in the past because the money wasn't right. He plans to return to the ring late this year, taking a break from the sport for the time being.