AP Interview: Cotto bids farewell to ring, embraces family

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NEW YORK (AP) The usually stoic Miguel Cotto gets emotional thinking about all the important family moments he missed in two decades as a boxer. Countless hours in the gym, training to become a four-time world champion, kept him away from his wife and four children for weeks and months at a time.

No more after this fight.

Cotto will bid farewell to the ring when he faces Sadam Ali on Dec. 2 in Madison Square Garden - his "second home," as he calls it, where he will fight for the 10th time to finish his career. After 46 action-packed bouts in four weight classes, the 36-year-old Puerto Rican said he has no regrets about this decision to call it quits, and is looking forward to making up for lost time with his wife Melissa and his children, ages 10 to 21.

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