5. Canelo Triumphs Over Miguel Cotto
Hands down this is the biggest achievement of Canelo’s career thus far. Cotto was riding a career resurgence. With Freddie Roach in Cotto’s corner he cruised to three consecutive knockout victories, including Sergio Martinez. Alvarez was still looking to prove he could play with the A-Side (e.g., Mayweather, Pacquiao and Cotto). While the fight was closer than reflected on the score-cards and the decision disputed by some, Alvarez clearly won the bout. Cotto did connect, but his punches did not daunt Canelo. Conversely, when Canelo connected, his punches were clearly stronger and visibly moved Cotto resulting in a decision for Alvarez and the biggest win of his career to date. More importantly he demonstrated championship poise through the bout, never daunted by the magnitude of the event or the hall of famer that was in front of him.