Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito: Debt Paid in Full

Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito II

Miguel Cotto surrendered more than a mere boxing contest in his first, increasingly dubious, bout with Mexico’s Antonio Margarito – he was compelled to relinquish that which had to that juncture seemed an assured trajectory, predestined by the fistic gods, to assume his place up within the rarefied air of the very upper echelons of the sport’s pound-for-pound royalty  as a fellow stalwart for years to follow. The nature of his defeat; and its aftermath left a bitter taste in both Cotto-leaning and neutral mouths alike.

The two fighters who will enter the squared circle December 3 at New York’s Madison Square Garden are appreciably altered entities to the ones who did so in what was easily & justifiably the most anticipated slugfest of 2008. Cotto, now 36-2 with 29 KO’s and 4-1 with 3 KO’s since, was eternally transformed both physiologically & (just as worryingly) psychologically by the now tainted beat down handed to him by Margarito at the MGM Grand. One cannot help but suffer a tinge of melancholy not merely for Cotto the man but for what the sport collectively might have illegally lost should the ongoing suspicions surrounding the past roll call of victims of the Tijuana Tornado show themselves in the fullness of time to be based on fact rather than the mere weight of cumulative circumstantial evidence.

Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito

East coast calling: New York's Madison Square Garden will play host to the sequel to 2008's epic first encounter.

In human history, the desire for revenge and the desire for loot have often been closely associated.
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Bizarrely enough one suspects that notwithstanding having accomplished modestly in the ring recently yet still somehow justifying what seems a rather fortuitous title shot; the unique Margarito brand holds adequate equity & perceived enthralment in the consciousness of the stalwart global boxing public to absorb a defeat in the rematch with Cotto & still land another decent paying night’s work in an additional rematch – one with Argentina’s Pound-For-Pound standout, Sergio Martinez. So is boxing – sport/business & every so often business/sport.

Matt Hamilton, Reporting!