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Cotto learns lesson the hard way

Puerto Rican boxer's plan backfires in the ring on Saturday night

Updated: December 2, 2012, 7:32 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

We all know the old saying about the lawyer who defends himself having a fool for a client.

Well, the same can be said about the boxer who promotes himself.

Saturday night, Miguel Cotto staged a Cotto-palooza at Madison Square Garden. He fought the main event and acted as its co-promoter. He chose the venue, negotiated his own paycheck, even, as promoters do, had a hand in the selection of officials.

Most importantly, he chose the opponent.

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