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During a recent conversation, Miguel Cotto took off the gloves and spoke sincerely about his interests outside of boxing.
NEW YORK - Miguel Cotto is more than a boxer.
The outstanding boricua champion, like all people, has his own preoccupations and restlessness.
He also has other interests outside of the sport that has given him fame and fortune.
The following is an exchange with the Caguas champion, outside of boxing.
END: Miguel, since you started fighting professionally, you anticipated that you would fight until you were 30 years old. Having recently turned 27 and being in the best time of your career, "Do you still have the same thought?"
MC: (Miguel Cotto) can look forward from now: The 29th of October of 2010 will be the last day of Miguel Cotto as a boxer. From then on we will dedicate ourselves to something else. We've worked very hard and we have done many things correctly, with my father as the pillar of everything, to continue in some other aspect an live life. This fight against Shane Mosley will put me in those megafights that Miguel Cotto and all of the world are waiting for. We are going to explode and we are going to take advantage of the 36 months that we have left.
END: But 30 years old is still a productive age in which one can continue making good money.
MC: In reality I have several gas stations and I have a boxing promotions company. It's going to be 19 years in boxing and I understand that it will be more than sufficient, at this age we will retire well financially, in terms of health and there will not be any reason to return. I'll focus on giving a good education and a good life to my children and in the future they will be good people.
END: What will you do when you retire?
MC: I want to finish my education. O stopped my physical education (at the University of Turabo), but I want a career although possibly not in physical education. Since I already have my businesses (seven gas stations, 12 villas in Palmas del Mar, and 14 rental apartments, among others), maybe I'll study business administration, management or something related to communications. When I retire I will dedicate myself more to my businesses, being with my family and also continuing to expand my boxing promotion company. As far as expanding my businesses, everything is dependent on how thing unfold between now and then. We are always open to new challenges.
END: At what moment did you realize that you could make a career in boxing?
MC: When I started to gt praise from boxing experts I realized that God had given me a gift for boxing, and then I decided that this is what I wanted to dedicate myself to.
END: What does Miguel Cotto like to do in his free time?
MC: I try to spend time with the people that suffer the most when I'm focused on my training, my sons, my family. I try to spend the most time with them. With my sons, doing whatever. My children do whatever they want with me. The third (who is four) loves spending time with me and when he gets out of school he asks to be with me and his mother will bring him or call me to go get him.
END: Do you have any pastimes?
MC: I like video games, sometimes movies, it depends how I'm feeling that day. I also listen to music, I like listening to everything, but in particular classic salsa. I like the music of Ismael Rivera, Ismael Miranda and all the "salseros" from that have but their mark on the music that that it never dies. I always put on that music to set the atmosphere when I train.
END: We've also seen you playing golf and you have a good relationship with Chi Chi Rodriguez. Do you still play?
MC: It's been a while since I played, but it's a question of finding the right guys and right day to play. I like it a lot, because it's something in which you can clear your mind. It's recreation more than anything, tu create a good relationship with your guys, with your friends and laugh at the bloopers that you or your friends commit.
END: What is your favorite food?
MC: Like a typical puertorican I like rice and beans, chicken, tostones (translator's note: fried plantain). I like puertorican food the most. When I make weight I eat pasta for carbohydrates, but I don't have a particular menu for before the fight.
END: It's curious, because all boxers have had some known fighter as an idol, but that isn't the case with you.
MC: Imagine that, I always watching what my brothers were doing (Juan Miguel - ex boxing enthusiast - and Josť Miguel, professional boxer), and I understand that they were the ones that put me on this path in the gym. I always tried to follow and emulate what my brothers did.
END: With the cases of corruption that we have recently seen in Puerto Rico, as much in politics, as in the police and now in the medical field, how important is the image of athletes in our country?
MC: I understand that it's not only the athletes, but what everyone does so that people identify with us. As much with the politicians, doctors or firemen we need to work together with our sites on straightening out this country, so that the quality of life in this country is fixed and that is what I implore everyone to do. In our case, I know that a lot is expected of me, as much inside as outside of the ring, and thanks to God I have taken that responsibility with valor for the public and it is for them that I continue working.
END: It seems like a trend that artists and athletes get involved in the political arena. Could Miguel Cotto enter politics when he retires from boxing?
MC: For me politics is a prohibited topic. It's something very important here in Puerto Rico. It's something that is taking very personally and in what can be helped, what I can do for my community, I'm going to do, but well outside of politics.
END: Within your promise to the country, how important is the angel foundation, that you created recently?
MC: It's something very important, because it comes from my roots, because I was an obese child that suffered mistreatment, the cruelty of ones companions, of ones friends and that what we want to avoid. We was to educate some parents, some children, the community so that obese children can live better, more healthy. There are bodies that can't change. There are kids that were porn to be obese, but we can educate them, they can eat better and they can live healthier, I understand that the foundation will be fulfilling it's assignment.