On his belief that he was coming on:
“I really believed that if they didn’t stop the fight, that it would be a copy of the first fight. We still had three rounds left, and it would been the same thing. I felt like this was a continuation of the first fight.
“The last few rounds were going to be my rounds. I was starting to connect, and he was starting to hold me more. I was starting to throw more punches. All that I asked for was one more round.”
On his general disappointment:
“I really wanted the belt. I feel that I didn’t do what I wanted to do. What my people wanted me to do. The people wanted me to win that title. But I still feel like it was a great fight and that I’m a great fighter.
“I didn’t do what I wanted to do. I want to thank Bob Arum for what he’s done for me. He’s been very, very good to me. I promise that if I would have gotten one more round, that I would have given it my all.”
On whether or not he could see Cotto’s left hook out of his right eye:
“Yes, I was always seeing his punches. The doctors came in and showed their fingers to me, and I answered every question correctly. “
Whether or not he is concerned with the future of a right eye that has absorbed so much damage for the second straight fight, coupled with the Pacquiao fight:
“No, I am not worried. The doctor has seen me and said that I’m fine. I feel that it was just a few times that he caught my eye and that is why it got worse. But we’ll sit down and talk about my career.”
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