I'm not sure why this is an argument. Here in the US, total medal counts have ALWAYS been how it's been listed on every TV and in every newspaper I can remember since I was old enough to care to look (1980? 1976?) - it's not a better or worse way of presenting the information, it's just how it always IS (has been) around here.
Cotto kicked some ass, I loved it, great way to open our new coliseum. He was 9 pounds overweight last Monday and he sheredded them like nothing. He is the future of PR boxing no doubt. A Tszyu/Cotto fight would be an early runner for FOTY.