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Miguel Cotto is committed to inspiring, aiding hurricane-battered countrymen

Lance Pugmire, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Boxing

Cotto has had his turn in the spotlight with competitive losses against Pacquiao (2009), Floyd Mayweather Jr. (2012) and Alvarez (2015).

Now comes his boxing end, and a new beginning that coincides with his homeland's rebuilding.

"I became a boxer (at 11) to lose weight. I've been a pro since 2001. I became a man being a boxer, a family man, and it's time for me to do other things and think first of my family, not myself," said Cotto, whose children range from 10 to 21.

Throughout his run of memorable Puerto Rico weekend June cards in New York and victories over Mosley, Sergio Martinez and Margarito, Cotto said the benefit of his ring accomplishments is his greatest achievement as International Boxing Hall of Fame induction awaits.

"Boxing was my work. It was the best way to provide to my family, to my own. Nothing else passed my mind," he said.

"I'm not going to look back. I have a more important priority in my mind: my family. I lost a lot of good, special moments with them and I'm not going to be able to lose them anymore."

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