Cotto knows the ropes, has home edge vs. Branco

Miguel Cotto will have the home crowd in Puerto Rico when he makes fifth defense of his junior welterweight title against Italy's Gianluca Branco on Saturday night.

Originally Published: March 3, 2006
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

When Miguel Cotto engaged Ricardo Torres in a blazing, all-action fight last September, he barely escaped with his junior welterweight title intact.

In the second round, Torres strafed Cotto with an assortment of hard punches, wobbled him badly and then knocked him down for the first time in his career. Cotto was hurt badly again in the fifth and in big trouble.

But Cotto showed a huge heart to survive, all while continuing to fire his own damaging blows. In the end, Cotto knocked ...

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