Cotto, unable to speak clearly through tears and welts, was taken to a hospital from his locker room.
“I am very proud and very happy I was able to give the fans a great fight,” Cotto said. “Life continues. It’s not over for me. I’m going to take a long rest, decide what to do next. This night was Margarito’s night. He’s an excellent fighter. He did his job better than I did.”