Puerto Rican Boxing Star Miguel Cotto Honored With 14th Annual Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Award [INTERVIEW]

Miguel Cotto
Miguel Cotto, recipient of the 14th annual V.S.O.P Privilège Award. Photo: Lauren Cowart

With a private dinner, a celebration that took place at Hunt & Fish Club in New York City on January 17, 2018, Hennessy, the world’s best-selling Cognac, presented six-time championship boxer and philanthropist Miguel Cotto with the 14th annual Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Award following the last match of his accomplished boxing career.

Manny Gonzalez, Senior Director, Multicultural Marketing, Moët Hennessy presented Cotto with the award along with a donation to support the boxer’s ongoing community efforts. "Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège will like to present to the Hispanic Federation on their Puerto Rican hurricane relief effort a donation of $10K dollars," he said. 

The Hennessy V.S.O.P Privilège Award spotlights individuals, such as Cotto, who are not only masters at their craft, but those who inspire and give back to their community through leadership, service, mentorship or the arts. "I feel very happy, very excited with this recognition I had and most of all grateful for the way they have treated me in New York," said the now-retired boxing star exclusively to Latin Times. 

After receiving ten thousand dollars for the recovery efforts of Puerto Rico, Cotto informed us that he was immediately going to the island to continue working. "We have not stopped helping and working for Puerto Rico and always putting our best efforts," he said.

Miguel Ángel Cotto Vázquez is not only a multiple-time world champion but also the first Puerto Rican boxer to win world titles in four weight classes. He began boxing as a child to help with his weight loss, not anticipating it to end up being his career path. 

After a 17-year professional career, Cotto officially retired with a record of 41 wins, with 33 knockouts, and 6 losses. His last match was with Sadam Ali. After the fight, Cotto confirmed it was his last fight, "It is. I want to be happy in my home and enjoy my family." Cotto then told the fans, "Thank you for supporting me at every opportunity. "I'm so glad to call Madison Square Garden my home."

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