Austin Trout's decision over Miguel Cotto last Saturday in Madison Square Garden was proof that perseverance pays off. When Trout (far right, tagging Cotto) turned pro in 2005, no major promoters came calling. While other top prospects were fighting on pay-per-view undercards in New York City and Las Vegas, Trout, a 2004 U.S. Olympic alternate, toiled in Panama and Mexico. And while most unbeaten titleholders are handed high-profile fights, Trout, the WBA super welterweight champion, was forced to plead for one on Twitter. Now, with a win over Cotto in his pocket, the 27-year-old Trout (26--0) has appealing options. He could take a rematch with Cotto or pursue Saúl Alvarez, the money man in the 154-pound division. "I want the people who claim to be the best," says Trout, showing refreshing ambition, "because I want to be called the best."