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RingTV.com: Did anything about Cotto's fight with Margarito factor into the stoppage of his fight with Pacquiao?
KB: No, not at all. I take each fight as they come. I don't try to let one fight influence the way that I'm going to make my decision in another fight.
I looked at Cotto, and I could just tell from the effect of the punches that he was absorbing that he was taking quite a few too many shots. So, I went to the corner, and I expressed to him what I felt that he needed to do.
Stopping a fight is always an issue. You're going to always get one side happy and one side that is unhappy. I know that for Miguel Cotto, he wasn't that pleased that I stopped it.
But safety kicks in because for a guy's health and well-being, I've got to do what comes naturally for a guy with my training. So when it's time for me to pull the cord, I pull the cord.
But I don't look back at his previous losses and say, "well, he took a beating." My mind is more concnetrated on making sure that a fight is clean and making sure that the welfare of a fighter's safety is first.
RingTV.com: At what point do you look for signs of wear and tear in a fighter?
RingTV.com: As a ringsider next Saturday at Margarito-Cotto II, any of their first fight be in the back of your mind?
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