Cotto, Trout, and The Garden

By Robert Ecksel on September 25, 2012
Cotto, Trout, and The Garden
"Fighting at The Garden is always special for me," Miguel Cotto said, "and a true pleasure."


Manhattan is Miguel Cotto’s home away from home. The Pride of Puerto Rico loves the people of New York City as much as they love him. The quintessential American melting pot, New York’s Puerto Ricans admire Cotto not just for who is he (a class act) and from where he comes (Caguas), but for the magic (and heart) he displays each and every time he steps in the squared circle.

The Puerto Rican population of New York City is the largest outside Puerto Rico. According to the American Community Survey, Hispanics and Latinos make up 27.5% of New York City’s population, with 2,287,905 Hispanic or Latino Americans residing in the city. The Hispanic/Latino population is made up of four distinct groups: Puerto Rican (785,618 or 9.4%), Mexican (297,581 or 3.6%), Cuban (42,377 or 0.5%), and “Other Hispanic or Latino” (1,165,576 or 14.0%).

Given those statistics, it’s fitting that yesterday’s press conference to announce the Dec. 1 fight between Miguel Cotto (30-3) and Austin Trout (25-0) was held at El Museo del Barrio in Spanish Harlem.

Equally fitting is that the Miguel Cotto-Austin Trout will be at Madison Square Garden. It will be Miguel’s eighth fight under the Big Top. His first fight at the Garden dates back to 2005 when he TKO’d 15-1 Muhammad Abdullaev. His last fight was the redemptive defeat in 2011 of 38-7 Antonio Margarito, who has since retired.

“I am really excited to come back to my second home,” Cotto said. “Fighting at The Garden is always special for me and a true pleasure. There is something unique in the atmosphere and it means a lot to me every time I fight there because the energy of the fans gives me extra motivation. Austin Trout will be a challenge for me, but I will win my fifth world championship on December 1.”

Trout, the WBA junior middleweight champion hailing from Las Cruces, New Mexico, has never fought at MSG. But it would be a mistake to conclude that he’s a fish out of water.
“Miguel Cotto needs no introduction,” said “No Doubt” Trout. “He’s a true champion and one of the best fighters of the last 10 years, but I’m the present and future of the sport and this is just the showcase I need to prove to the world that I’m one of the best pound-for-pound. I can’t wait to fight in such a legendary place like Madison Square Garden. It’s every fighter’s dream.”

For Trout the dream of fighting at Madison Square Garden is about to come true. Whether his dream of beating a fighter the caliber of Cotto is however open to doubt.

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  1. NYIrish 11:36am, 09/26/2012

    Trout might stink the place out.

  2. Ramon 08:28pm, 09/25/2012

    NYC is no longer the city with most Puerto Rican there is only about 500k P. Rican in the City the rest are Illegal passing as P. Rican mostly Illegals from the Dominican Republic and some from Central American.

  3. Mike Casey 07:05am, 09/25/2012

    Doesn’t it feel just great when you know a big fight will be at Madison Square Garden?

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