RSR was just informed that WBA Light Middleweight Champion, Miguel Cotto, 36-2, 29 KO’s, will be facing off against Antonio Margarito, 38-7, 27 KO’s, in a rematch of a bout he lost in 2008. The bout will be on pay per view and will take place in New Jersey and has been set for September 17th.
Cotto is coming off of his 12th round stoppage of Ricardo Mayorga, and has gone 4-1, 3 KO’s, since his defeat to Margarito. His only defeat was a spirited effort, losing a final round stoppage at the hands of Manny Pacquiao. Margarito is 2-2, 1 KO, in his last four fights, but there is a world of controversy surrounding his career, all stemming from a loss in 2009 at the hands of Shane Mosley.
Prior to stepping into the ring with Sugar Shane, Margarito’s hand wraps became questionable and were removed and sent to the lab for testing and it was proven that the fighter was loading his gloves. They contained plaster of Paris, a substance that would have hardened in the fight and made his hands virtual bricks, which is probably why he defeated Kermit Cintron, Miguel Cotto, and many others.
Boxing is a game for thieves and crooks and Margarito fits right in. Despite the fact that he could have easily killed somebody, he was allowed back into the ring and got a huge payday in a losing effort to Manny Pacquiao. Coming off of that loss, he gets another title opportunity against Cotto.
Bob Arum is pushing Margarito. Somehow, his cheating has made him more popular and now it’s good versus evil again, with Cotto looking to avenge his defeat and give the bad guy a lesson, but the bad guy will walk away with pockets full of money win or lose.
Cotto-Margarito II is a sale mostly because of the controversy of the first fight and the aura that hangs of the head of Margarito. The PPV will sell well and the fans will buy and no matter what, the fight will be a brawl, so it will be money well spent. Let’s hope that they keep an eye on Team Margarito in the locker room.
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