Miguel Cotto Not Retiring, Hopes to Return to the Ring Before End of the Year

Henry Martin@KFZ001Senior Analyst IMay 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 05:  (L-R) Miguel Cotto and Floyd Mayweather Jr. exchange punches during their WBA super welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 5, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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On May 5th, Miguel Cotto (37-3 30KOs) put on the performance of his career when he battled Floyd Mayweather Jr. (43-0 26KOs) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. His WBA belt and WBC Diamond junior middleweight belt were on the line, but he fell well short in a crushing unanimous decision loss.

At the end of the fight, fans were worried about Cotto's state as he left the ring without giving a post-fight interview and seemed disappointed with the fight. There were rumors swirling around that Cotto may be retiring, and his uncle said hoped that his nephew Miguel would consider retirement. His uncle hoped that Miguel would considered walking away from it all with a record-high purse while he still could instead of retiring when he couldn't fight any longer.

Cotto fans should be happy to hear that Miguel Cotto doesn't plan on retiring just yet. According to an interview he gave to El Nuevo Dia, he actually hopes to return to the ring before the end of the year.

Miguel stated that he was very proud of his performance against Mayweather last Saturday, and acknowledges that it was his best performance of his career.

He then went on to say that he's capable of fighting two to three more years. He also said he attributes a lot of his success to his new trainer, Pedro Diaz.

Cotto said he will take several weeks off to rest before saying he longed to return to the ring and hopefully could do so before the end of the year.

This is great news as his stock surely rose with his fight against Mayweather, and a lot of fight fans are eager to see what else Cotto can do in the ring.