Miguel Cotto Faces Fight of His Life

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The names are passed down generation to generation — from trainer to trainer in the steamy gyms, from fathers to sons in the barrios and all across the Island from San Juan to Ponce:

Sixto Escobar, the first Puerto Rican to win a title in 1936 and the first boxer anywhere in the world to have a statue unveiled in his name ... Alfredo Escalera, the junior lightweight champion, who entered the ring time after time with a snake coiled around his neck ... Wilfredo Benitez, at age 17 the youngest world champion ever crowned ... Gomez, Ortiz, Serrano, Trinidad, all of them champions, and all the others.

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