Canelo Cotto Pics

WBC middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico had stopped two consecutive opponents since teaming up with trainer Freddie Roach. Now he was facing Mexico's Saul "Canelo" Alvarez. Would Canelo be victim number three?

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Roc Nation's Jay Z, Beyonce looked on as their star Cotto entered the ring. Behind them sat their other star Andre Ward at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 21, 2015.

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Cotto fired back and was cautious to keep moving.

Canelo immediately showed his strength against Cotto.

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Canelo was the aggressor and knew he was the stronger man.

Cotto never really allowed the Mexican warrior to plant his feet. The Puerto Rican fighter used all his guile.

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Cotto staved off Alvarez with well-placed left jabs to keep from being over run.

During a fierce exchange Alvarez hurt Cotto and moved in for the kill.

Alvarez pounded the body throughout the 12-round war.

Cotto placed his punches in perfect spots but could not mount a serious offensive attack. Most of his punches came during counter-attacks. Seldom did he aggressively challenge the younger Canelo.

The Mexican and Puerto Rican middleweight warriors embraced after the final bell. Their was mutual respect from the day they announced the fight last August.

All photos by Al Applerose 2015

After the judges verdict was announced and Alvarez was declared the winner, a somber Cotto consoled his surprised trainer Freddie Roach. The team seemed unbeatable. Will Cotto continue? Will he seek a rematch with Canelo?