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When: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City
TV: HBO, BoxNation (UK, subscription required)
As Miguel Cotto prepares to say farewell to boxing in what will be the final fight of his Hall of Fame career, he and Sadam Ali host the final press conference before their fight. You can check the full presser above courtesy of our colleagues at Fight Hub TV.
Several fighters who will appear on the undercard took to the podium to speak their piece before Sadam Ali popped up in his velvet blazer.
“I’ve been training my whole life, since I was 8 years old I started boxing. Everybody waits for a world title like this and against a legend, for a world title, it gets no better,” said Ali.
“So yes, you do see a little more muscle because you gotta work hard. You’re going in there, you’re fighting Miguel Cotto. If you’re not ready you’re gonna be in trouble so I know what I’m stepping in there with and I know I have to be ready.”
Miguel Cotto will make the short walk from the locker room to the ring at New York’s Madison Square Garden on Saturday for his WBO super welterweight title bout with Sadam Ali with trainer Freddie Roach at his shoulder.
Roach is the second member of the International Boxing Hall of Fame, along with the late, great Emanuel Steward, to train Cotto in the last eight years. Over what will be his final 14 fights, Cotto also was trained by Joe Santiago and Pedro Diaz.
That is in stark contrast to his first 34 professional bouts, when he went 33-1 with 27 knockouts and won world titles at super lightweight and welterweight. The man in his corner for all 34 of those bouts was his uncle, Evangelista Cotto.
As Cotto developed into one of the biggest stars in boxing in the early-to-mid 2000s, tensions rose between the fighter and his uncle. But after a win in New York over Michael Jennings, it all came to a head and Miguel Jr. and Evangelista got into a physical confrontation.
That ended their relationship and now, more than eight years later, they still haven’t spoken.
Cotto will end his legendary career on Saturday after the bout with Ali. Evangelista Cotto will be watching, albeit with mixed feelings. Despite the distance between them, Evangelista still cares for Miguel and hopes he does well. He said he hopes they can reconcile, but that it would be up to Miguel to reach out to him.
“I did open the door and I let it be known through the news media that I would love to talk to him,” Evangelista Cotto said. “I raised him from a very young age within boxing, but the way I see Miguel living now and the people he has surrounded himself with, I see no reconciliation coming from that side.
“Why should I call him? How could I do it? I was the one who was beaten. All it would take is one call, one visit, and it would be over. I am willing to talk with Miguel and I love him very much, and all it would take is for my nephew to call and say, ‘I’m sorry.’ ”
From a boxing standpoint, Evangelista Cotto feels that while he was replaced by some great trainers – Roach and Steward are two of the best who ever lived – no one has looked out for Miguel on other boxing-related issues.