Miguel Cotto is a retired Puerto Rican boxer who was world champion for multiple times in various weight categories. He was the first Puerto Rican to become world champion in four different weight categories. Nicknamed Junito, Miguel is known for his lightning speed strike and reflexes. Let us have a look at the career and net worth of Miguel Cotto in 2019 in this article.
Early Life and Biography
Miguel Angel Cotto Vazquez was born on October 29, 1980, in Providence, Rhode Island, the United States. He was born into a Puerto Rican family, who relocated to Puerto Rico when Miguel was two years old. Miguel’s family members including his father, cousins, and uncle were all boxers, and Miguel started to train in boxing as an activity to lose weight. He later became interested in the sport and competed in many tournaments.
Cotto owns a boxing promotion entitled Promociones Miguel Cotto in Puerto Rico to promote boxing in his country. He also owns a non-profit organization El Angel that voices against infant obesity. Miguel has three children with his wife Melissa Guzman and also a daughter from his previous relationship.
Career, Awards & Nominations
Miguel became famous in the boxing world after his victory against the world title contender John Brown. In 2001, he slept while driving which resulted in an accident that threatened his career. He recovered from the injuries and marked his comeback in September 2003 defeating Demetrio Ceballos which earned him the number one rank in his division by the WBA.
In September 2004, Miguel became the World Boxing Organization Junior Welterweight Champion defeating Kelson Pinto and defended the title in December against Randall Bailey. Cotto then went on to defend the title against Corley, Abdulaev, Torres, and Malignaggi.
In 2006, he entered the Welterweight category and defeated Carlos Quintana to become the WBA Welterweight Champion. He went on to defend the title against Oktay Urkal, Zab Judah, Shane Mosley, and Alfonso Gomez which earned him the WBA’s Boxer of the Year award in 2008. In 2009, Manny Pacquiao won the WBO welterweight champion title from Miguel Cotto.
In 2010, Miguel fought against the undefeated Yuri Foreman for the WBA Light middleweight championship and claimed the title defeating him. In 2014, he entered the middleweight category and defeated Sergio Martinez and won the middleweight championship becoming the first Puerto Rican to become world champion in four different weight categories. Throughout his career, Miguel has fought 47 times winning 41 and losing 6.
Net Worth & Earnings
His bout against Manny Pacquiao has earned him $12 million in the year 2009. In 2011, he earned $7.5 million for the fight against Antonio Margarito. He made $19 million in 2012 in which $8 million came from his fight against Mayweather Jr. In 2014, he again banked $19 million in which $9 million came as purse money for the fight against Sergio Martinez. His net worth taking into account, his career winnings and sponsorships is $35 million.
Miguel suffered a career-threatening injury during the early stage of his career, which he overcame through pure grit and determination. From a guy whose career was about to be doomed to a man with world championships in four categories, his journey is truly inspirational.