- Dan Rafael, ESPN Senior Writer
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Yes, Miguel Cotto lost his most recent fight and his junior middleweight title by unanimous decision to pound-for-pound king Floyd Mayweather Jr. on May 5 in the year's biggest fight.
But it didn't hurt Cotto's standing in boxing one iota. If anything, his stock went up because, despite lopsided scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 117-111, it was a competitive, crowd-pleasing fight and showed to all that Cotto still had a lot left in his tank, even after so many tough fights.
Cotto pushed Mayweather as hard as he has been pushed in years and gave him one of the three toughest fights of his career, along with bouts against Jose Luis Castillo (their first) and Emanuel Augustus.
Cotto is returning to action to challenge 154-pound titlist Austin Trout on Saturday night (Showtime, 9 ET/PT) at Madison Square Garden, but unlike many fighters whose confidence might be shaky after a loss, Cotto's seems greater because he fought so well against the No. 1 fighter in the world.
"Floyd Mayweather was an excellent fight. That was a good fight," Cotto said. "I didn't win, but sometimes when you lose, you win. That was the case for me in this fight."
Cotto couldn't be more right about that.
"I felt rejuvenated after that fight, and everybody wants to see me fight again," he said. "We didn't win the fight against Mayweather. But I won a lot of other things, especially within myself. I felt better with myself no matter that I lost.
"I'm just trying to do what I know to do the best that I can. I watched the Mayweather fight a couple of times since we fought. I thought it was a good fight, a close fight. The judges gave it to him on the scorecards, but after watching it, I feel like I gave him a good fight and I am proud of my performance."