Cotto's N.Y. love affair continues

Big Apple has a soft spot for Puerto Rican star, who aims for fifth world title

Updated: December 2, 2012, 8:32 PM ET
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

Miguel Cotto loves New York, and New York loves Cotto.

Since the Puerto Rican star's first main event at Madison Square Garden in 2005 -- a ninth-round knockout of Muhammad Abdulaev to retain his junior welterweight title and avenge his loss to the eventual gold medalist who bounced him from the 2000 Olympics -- Cotto has become synonymous with boxing at the famed arena and the sport's biggest attraction in New York over the past decade.

It has been something of a love affair ...

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