Puerto Rican boxing star Miguel Cotto has broken into the ESPN pound-for-pound rankings after his impressive victory over former world champion Sergio Martinez of Argentina last weekend.
Cotto knocked down Martinez four times en route to a 10th round technical knockout victory to become the new middleweight champion of the world. He is also the first Puerto Rican to win world titles in four different weight divisions.
Cotto is now ranked at No. 9 in ESPN's pound-for-pound rankings, and has taken over the top spot in the middleweight rankings ahead of Gennady Golovkin.
"In the most brilliant performance of his career, Cotto moved up in weight and thrilled the heavily Puerto Rican crowd at Madison Square Garden in New York by dropping Sergio Martinez four times," wrote Dan Rafael in ESPN.com.
"It was a stunningly one-sided performance that sealed Cotto’s Hall-of-Fame legacy as he became the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world titles in four weight divisions," he added.
Martinez, who lost for the first time since 2009, dropped out of the pound-for-pound ratings and is now at No. 6 in ESPN's middleweight ratings.
"After multiple right knee surgeries, a broken left hand in his previous two fights and a bum left shoulder, Martinez has physically broken down," Rafael wrote. "It was never more evident than in his shockingly one-sided loss to Cotto."
Rafael also suggested that the loss may have marked the "end of the line for the Argentine hero."
Unbeaten American Floyd Mayweather Jr. remains No. 1 in the pound-for-pound ratings, followed by super middleweight champion Andre Ward, and Filipino ring icon Manny Pacquiao.