Unfortunately, careers in martial arts don't always end on a high note. Miguel Cotto's boxing career ended with a loss in his last fight before retirement. While it was a fairly even fight with several rounds in the middle of the match that could have gone either way, at the end of the day Sadam Ali emerged victorious.
Despite being the underdog, Ali simply outperformed Cotto in the ring. Miguel Cotto was in his home territory, headlining Madison Square Garden in New York City for the 10th time in front of a crowd largely made up of Puerto Rican fans. What was supposed to be more of a celebration of a highly productive career took a turn for the worse as Ali took a surprise win.
Miguel Cotto had a reason for the lackluster performance in later rounds, however, as he later revealed that he tore his bicep in the seventh round and it actually rolled up into his upper arm. Despite this debilitating injury, Cotto took the loss gracefully and avoided blaming his loss on the injury.
"Feeling good. Feeling good with the performance...Something happened to my left bicep, seventh round. I don't want to make excuses. Sadam won the fight. It is my last fight. I am good, and I want to be happy in my home with my family."
Cotto later went to the hospital for treatment, indicating that a rather serious injury definitely held him back. Ali was grateful for the opportunity, and thanked Coto and his team for choosing him as an opponent.
"I worked hard for it...I took advantage of this fight, and I made sure to make it count. I want to thank God and also thank Team Cotto. They could have taken an easier fight if they wanted to."
Despite his last fight occurring on December 2nd, we'll remember him as a major name in Boxing history for years to come. Although his career ended on a loss, he's demonstrated his prowess in the ring over an amazing 17 year career. While disappointing, this loss doesn't detract from his incredible accomplishments as a boxer.