Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito
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By Ryan Patterson
The shoes of Floyd Mayweather will be nearly impossible to fill.
One of the top candidates is Miguel Cotto. Miguel is
from Puerto Rico, and fought for his country in the 1999 Pan
American Games, and the 2000 Olympics. He has established a perfect
record of 32-0 with 26 knockouts in his professional career. One man
will seek to blemish his record for the first time. This mans name
is Antonio Margarito. Let's take a look at both
fighters along with the odds on the fight followed by a prediction.
Margito compiled a record 18-3 as an amateur boxer. He quickly
turned professional in 1994 for financial reasons. He got his first
professional victory over Jose Trujillo. After a rock start Margito
would go to win 20 bouts in a row, including victories over Julio
Cesar Chavez, and Frankie Randall. In 2005 he retained his WBO
welterweight title against Kermit Cintron. Margarito would end up
losing his belt to the undefeated Paul Williams in a unanimous
decision that wasn’t without controversy. Margito has out punched a
nearly 2-1 ratio, throwing over 100 punches per round. The judges
thought Williams had the more meaningful hits. Nine months after
this he would engage in a rematch with Kermit Cintron, scoring a
knockout in the sixth round, and capturing the IBF welterweight belt
Cintron had won since their last bout. With a record of 36 wins, 5
losses, and 26 knockouts, Antontio Margarito is ready for the big
time. He is ready to fight Miguel Cotto.
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Cotto is currently ranked as the sixth best pound for pound fighter
in the world by Ring Magazine. In September of 2004 Cotto faced
Kelson Pinto for the vacant WBO junior welterweight title. The two
had met twice as amateurs, with Pinto taking both events. Showing
how much he had progressed, Cotto scored the knockout in the sixth
round. Cotto would defend his title several times before making the
jump to welterweight. He would go on to defeat Carlos Quintana for
the vacant WBA welterweight title. Cotto scored a TKO in the fifth
round. He would then defeat Sugar Shane Mosley. Cotto was the
agressor for much of the fight, and scored a clear victory. This
victory was significant because Mosley is such a good fighter. He is
the only man to have defeated Oscar De La Hoya twice. He has also
won titles in three divisions. Cotto would then have an easy title
defense against Alfonso Gomez. He would then be named “Boxer of the
Year” by the World Boxing Assocation. Miguel Cotto hasn't slipped up
yet, and he is ready to take on Antonio Margarito. Their fight for
the WBA welterweight title will go down on July 26.
While it will be a good fight, its hard to bet against Miguel Cotto.
He has been phenomenal thus far, and may be the best boxer in the
game right now. Tabbed at odds of -220, which isn’t all that bad.
While he probably wont walk home with this win, he should take it
with a fair amount of ease. Antonio Margarito has been placed at
odds of +180. I’m ready for this rumble.