During Episode 1 of Showtime’s All Access series for the WBA junior middleweight clash between Austin Trout and Miguel Cotto, Cotto revealed that he has been thinking about retirement and that the decision to do so is nearing.
“After dedicating 21 years to this, and building a family, I need to be a full-time father. Live for my kids like I live for boxing, so the decision is very close,” said an emotional Cotto.
The former junior middleweight champ is currently training for his title shot against Trout, which takes place at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Dec. 1.
Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs), a pro since 2001, has been among boxing’s best, which included time at junior welterweight, welterweight and junior middleweight. The 32-year old obviously wants to spend more time with his family, though another reign as champion is still within his grasp. However, it’s clear that his mind is made up that he’s just about done with the sport.
“I don’t want to keep missing key moments in their lives,” added Cotto.