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article imageCotto Wins over Clottey on Split Decision to Retain WBO title

By Leo Reyes     Jun 14, 2009 in Sports
With Miguel Cotto's split decision win over Joshua Clottey of Ghana, the popular boxer from Puerto Rico now stands a good chance to face Manny Pacquiao later this year.
Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico retains his WBO welterweight title with the split decision over Joshua Clottey of Ghana.
Cotto scored a knock down over Clottey at the end of the first round. But the popular boxer from Ghana came back with a series of effective punches.
Cotto struggled in the later rounds with blood flowing down to his face as a result of an accidental heat butt in the early round.
Yahoo news reports:
Clottey was so devastated by the narrow loss that he screamed after the decision, “Oh no! This can’t happen.”
Then he went to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum and said, “That’s it, I quit, I’m done with boxing. I can’t take it anymore
.”
Arum told Clottey that he fought “a magnificent fight and you have to continue.
Referee Don Trella scored the fight 116-111 and John McKaie 115-112, both for Cotto, while Tom Miller had it 114-113 for Clottey. The Associated Press scored it 116-112 for Cotto.
The popular boxer from Puerto Rico improved his professional boxing record with his win over Clottey to 36-35-1.
With Cotto’s win over the boxer from Ghana, his promoter, Bob Arum may line him up as the next opponent of Manny Pacquiao along with Mayweather, Jr., Marquez and Mosley for a mega fight before the end of the year.
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