Now that a couple of days separate us from what might be called Austin Trout's upset victory over Miguel Cotto (most experts, including all of ours, picked Cotto to win), calls have begun appearing on boxing forums for Miguel Cotto to hang up the gloves. While there is certainly a strong case that Cotto's best days are behind him, does that really translate into an urgent necessity for him to exit stage left? The answer to that question is "no," as any objective look at the facts would tell you.
The Case for Cotto's Retirement
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The fan case for Cotto's retirement is a simple one, that "Junito" doesn't win big fights anymore, and that case certainly has its merits. You could argue that the last time Miguel Cotto defeated a solid, world class contender was back in 2009, when won a tight Split Decision over Joshua Clottey. Since then, his fights were either victories over fringe contenders (Yuri Foreman, ...