Cotto vs Ali Live

Miguel Cotto (41-5, 33 KOs), one of the best fighters of his generation, is potentially ending his career on his own terms Saturday night.

The 37-year-old Puerto Rican, who has won six world titles in four different weight classes over a 16-year pro career, has set up a final bout against Sadam Ali (25-1, 14 KOs) for the WBO world super welterweight title at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Boxing fans would be wise to clear time in their schedules to see him off, although it sometimes takes multiple farewells before a fighter finally hangs the gloves up.

Cotto vs. Ali Fight Info

When: Saturday, Dec. 2 at 10 p.m. ET

Where: Madison Square Garden in New York City

TV: HBO, BoxNation (UK, subscription required)

Live Stream: BoxNation (UK, subscription required)

Tickets: StubHub

Cotto has fought some of the biggest names in the sport during his career, faltering against the likes of Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather but taking down others such as Shane Mosley and Sergio Martinez. A fan favorite due to his willingness to take on boxing’s best and his entertaining style, Cotto will go down as one of the more respected fighters of the past couple of decades.

CBSSports.com’s Brian Campbell called him “the most honest fighter of his generation” for taking on so many challenges throughout career and handling them with transparency:

“Cotto will be remembered for the honest effort he gave in his biggest fights and the consistency of the entertainment in which he regularly provided. A noted family man outside the ring, he was as human and real of a fighter inside it as his generation had to offer and a refreshing boxer-businessman who went a long way in making sure, along with securing big paydays for himself, that the fans still received what they wanted most.”

Ali, his opponent Saturday night, isn’t anywhere near the level of those illustrious names, and that could be why Cotto ends up un-retiring at some point.

Cotto wanted to face the winner of the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez bout, but a draw in that blockbuster matchup scrapped those plans. The desire to cap his career with against a high-profile opponent could draw him back to the ring, even as he approaches 40 years old.

Judging by the odds, Cotto’s final bow doesn’t figure to be the kind of kinetic, competitive contest fans have grown accustomed to seeing him in. According to OddsShark.com (as of Thursday, Nov. 29), Cotto is a -1000 favorite (bet $1,000 to win $100), Ali a +600 underdog. Cotto comes into the contest having won four of his last five bouts, the lone defeat coming against Alvarez in November 2015.

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