The World Awaits Cotto vs. Margarito 2

By Francis Walker
Updated: November 29, 2011

Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto battles intently

Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto battles intently

NEW YORK, NY. (BASN)–The long-awaited rematch between WBA jr. middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) and former world champion, Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) will commence on Saturday, December 3, at the famed Madison Square Garden, New York City.

Cotto vs. Margarito 2 will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 PM/ET.

In July 2008, Margarito soundly handed Cotto his first professional defeat. Margarito overcame a slow start to wear down Cotto and stopped him in the eleventh round. Margarito administered one of the most brutal beatings seen in a boxing ring in recent years.

There were concerns about the way in which Margarito defeated Cotto. At least not until an illegal hand-wrap was discovered from Margarito’s gloves in his dressing room the night he was preparing for Shane Mosley in January 2009. Against Mosley, Margarito’s punches didn’t have the same impact they did when he beat Cotto to a bloody mask. In fact, Margarito threw pillows at Mosley, who gave Margarito a wicked one-sided beating through five rounds.

What an ass-whipping!!

Despite losing his WBA welterweight championship to Mosley, having his license revoked/suspended for one year, and losing out on millions of dollars, there are a lot of people that feel as though Margarito wasn’t punished.

Some people feel as though Margarito shouldn’t be fighting.

Margarito returned last year and was welcomed with a huge money-fight with Manny Pacquiao. Margarito was beaten and battered through twelve rounds and suffered a broken right orbital bone and a detached retina.

Still, people believe that Margarito shouldn’t be fighting. The New York State Athletic Commission disagrees which is why Margarito was granted a license to fight in New York following a two-day hearing last week which was ultimately pending on an eye examination.

Obviously Margarito’s hands will be wrapped accordingly under the watchful eye of a member from Team Cotto’s dressing room with the New York State Athletic Commission supervisors present. However, what is everyone going to say if the events of the first bout occur again? What will people say if Cotto, who boxed beautifully in the first-half of the bout, tires and get beating again in the second-half of the rematch?

Will Margarito have enough resolve to continuously move forward and apply relentless pressure in the rematch on Saturday? Can Margarito beat Cotto down once more?

Remember, Cotto’s biggest performances have occurred at the Garden, an arena that has lured countless Puerto Ricans for significant events in recent years. The inspirational lift and the electric charge Cotto has received from the Garden faithful through the years has lifted Miguel to sensational world title victories against Zab Judah, Paulie Malignaggi, Shane Mosley, Joshua Clottey, Muhammad Adullaev and Michael Jennings.

New York has a heavy Spanish population and the Garden will be rocking with the hopes of Cotto annihilation of Margarito on Saturday. Cotto is expected to win, but there is always a slight chance of what if…?

Margarito, even though he has been through hard times in recent years, he is still one not be underestimated. Margarito has always trained hard and is always in great shape. At peak form, Margarito was WBO welterweight champion for six years. Margarito also has some tremendous wins on his record against Cotto, Clottey, Mosley, and even Sergio Martinez to name a few.

If Margarito’s right-eye is 100%and if he can withstand Cotto’s fury like he did once before, then the 33 year-old Mexican has a realistic shot at a repeat victory on Saturday.

Saul Alvarez TKOs former welterweight champ

Defending world champions, Saul Alvarez and Adrian Broner posted impressive knockout victories on Saturday in front of their hometown audiences.

Saul Alvarez on the attack

Saul Alvarez on the attack

Alvarez (39-0, 29 KOs), making the third defense of the WBC super welterweight championship, stopped former IBF welterweight titlist Kermit Cintron (33-5-1, 28 KOs) in the fifth round in front of a packed house at Monumental Plaza in Mexico City, Mexico.

Meanwhile, Adrien Broner (22-0, 18 KOs), captured the vacant WBO super featherweight crown by knocking out Michael Rodriguez (34-3-1, 18 KOs) in scintillating fashion in at the U.S. Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OH.

WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner

WBO super featherweight champion Adrien Broner

Alvarez and Broner’s bouts were part of a split-site HBO Boxing doubleheader.

Alvarez is highly regarded as boxing’s newest sensation. He is only 21 years of age. He has been fighting professionally since he was 15 and has already accumulated 39 victories. In 2011, Alvarez won a world title and has made three defenses – winning all three by knockout.

Against Cintron, Alvarez defeated another world title-caliber opponent. A former world champion at welterweight who was once considered a strong puncher. While Cintron brought a lot of experience and was in tremendous shape, he simply wasn’t in Alvarez’s league. Alvarez showed a lot of discipline as a boxer. He jabbed, threw his right hand, and punched using a strong one-two combination.

Alvarez was in such command of the fight, it was basically a cakewalk. Cintron tasted the canvas in the fourth round after Alvarez landed three over-hand rights to the head. Alvarez badly staggered Cintron against the ropes following a pair of lefts toward the end of round four.

An aggressive Cintron, however, caught Alvarez with a left hook in the fifth. Alvarez responded by attacking with hooks, but was caught with a solid right himself. Alvarez maintained his aggression and boxed Cintron. The fight ended instantly after Alvarez jerked Cintron’s head backward with a left hook-right hand combination to the chin.

Broner KOs Rodriguez

Broner-Rodriguez was far less competitive than Alvarez-Cintron. Broner was simply too much of a problem for the 26 year-old from Argentina. Broner, at 5′ 7,” was simply too tall and too sharp a puncher for Rodriguez. Broner dazzled his hometown audience of Cincinnati, by posting a memorable KO.

A right uppercut rocked Rodriguez backwards against the ropes. A reeling Rodriguez absorbed a flurry of punches highlighted by a signature Broner left hook to the chin that knocked Rodriguez out on the canvas.

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