If there is ever a blood feud in boxing, this is it. These guys absolutely hate each other, and for good reason. Cotto believes that Margarito cheated in their first fight, causing his career to deter and possibly never get back to where it could’ve gone. For Margarito, Cotto keeps soiling his name and made it quite clear that if Margarito wasn’t able to get sanctioned in New York, the fight would be off.
Antonio Margarito vs. Miguel Cotto
Interesting style for Cotto. He’s allowing Margarito to use his length and dictate where the fight goes, but Cotto’s showing great hand speed and isn’t just throwing one punch. His combinations look crisp. He was hit a couple times, but Cotto’s round. Cotto’s following up a left hook, but going out the back door and Margarito can’t really find him at the end of exchanges.
Boxing clinic of a round for Cotto. He tattooed Margarito’s face several times with short hooks and straight right hands. Margarito’s face is going to be a mess again. Margarito landed a great body shot to end the round that seemed to rock Cotto.
Cotto tagged Margarito time after time and opened up his right eye, which is the bad eye for Margarito. There was a brilliant exchange where both guys stood toe-to-toe and Cotto definitely bot the better of it. He’s fighting amazingly on the inside.
Margarito landed some nice shots on the inside, but Cotto isn’t stationary and he’s having a hard time tracking him. Cotto is also getting off three punches before Margarito can get off one.
Cotto took the round off offensively, but he’s dancing around Margarito. He’s up 5-0.
It’s Margarito’s best round of the fight, and while I’m going to still give it to Cotto, Margarito did two things well. He went do the body on the inside, and when they were clinching, he was peppering Cotto to the ears. Cotto landed the two best shots; a buckling body shot and then a nice uppercut.
Cotto’s round yet again. He landed a picturesque left hand hook while backpedaling. He stopped for one second to plant and throw it. Margarito’s eye is closed. Cotto threw three late punches after the bell.
Margarito is frustrated and with two good eyes was having a hard time catching Cotto. He’s not coming close now. Cotto is still putting on a clinic. If you’re a Cotto fan, you want to see him go for the stoppage.
More of the same. Cotto is targeting his eye. Cotto is being slick in that as he gets out of an exchange, he starts to bounce to his left and when Margarito comes close, he switches to southpaw and Margarito doesn’t even see the left hand coming.
The doctor stopped it and it’s over.
Winner: Miguel Cotto by way of 9th round TKO