The WWE could not script a matchup better than Saturday's bout at Madison Square Garden. Miguel Cotto (36-2-0 29 KO) and Antonio Margarito's (38-7-0 27 KO) first match in July 2008 was described as a potential fight of the decade. Miguel Cotto and his untarnished record was inexplicably upset by a 2-1 underdog Antonio Margarito. Cotto displayed superb boxing technique but Margarito seemed unfazed by his punches and grew stronger as the fight wore on. Cotto relented in 11th round as he went to a knee and his trainer threw in the white towel.
Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito 2008
It wasn't until Margarito's next fight that the drama really began to unfold. Matched up against Sugar Shane Mosley at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Minutes before entering the arena, illegal substances were found in Margarito's hand wraps - a combination of sulfur and calcium - the main ingredients to form Plaster of Paris. Margarito not only lost to Mosley that night but also had his license revoked for his loaded wraps. However the question lingers whether or not Margarito also used loaded wraps against Cotto back in 2008.
Antonio Margarito's Greatest Hits
Both have since faced off against Manny Pacquiao and received losses. Margarito's was a far more devastating loss, as Pacquiao's relentless jab broke Margarito's right orbital bone, nearly blinding the Mexican boxer.
Miguel Cotto's Greatest Hits
Since their first matchup, Cotto has fought five bouts, winning all but his fight with Pacquaio. Margarito has only fought three, in due to his suspension, losing to both Mosley and Pacquiao. And he hasn't fought in over a year due to his surgery for both the orbital bone and to remove a cataract in the same right eye.
No Love Lost
Sure this isn't the potential Fight of the Century with Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, but the drama is ever present. There has always been an unofficial rivalry between Puerto Rico and Mexico when it comes to boxing. With the strong Puerto Rican base in New York, the crowd will definitely be in Cotto's corner. In light of the plaster controversy, Cotto has said that Margarito "looks and acts like a criminal" who "he used the plaster the night of the fights with me." Margarito denies he knew anything at all, dismissing his opponent's accusations: "Oh that Cotto, how he cries."
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Be there for all the action this Saturday night as Cotto seeks revenge and Margarito seeks redemption. It's going to get nasty.