- W RSF 5 DeMarcus Corley (2005)
Defending his WBO world light-welterweight title for the second time, Cotto was boxing in his home country which, to many, would become a significant factor. A stiff right dropped Corley a minute into the fight, but the American was able to beat the count and survive the opening round. Cotto was deducted a point in the second for a low blow and was visibly wobbled in the next stanza when Corley connected with a right of his own. Cotto returned the favour in the fifth, pinning Corley on the ropes and dropping him with a sickening combination. Corley rose, only to be bludgeoned again and voluntarily took a knee. Instead of picking up a count, referee Ismael Quinones Falu waved the fight off, understandably angering Corley. Although slightly controversial, Cotto overcame a rough period to see off a man who had recently gone the distance with Floyd Mayweather.
(Photo: Boxing Bob Newman)