Did Miguel Cotto Expose Antonio Margarito For Cheating?
Miguel Cotto finally got the revenge he has long been asking for when he pummeled Antonio Margarito in their highly anticipated rematch, three years after Margarito’s victory over Cotto came into question because of illegal hand wraps used by the Mexican against Shane Mosley.
The victory for Cotto was a satisfying one that proved to him that he can beat his arch-nemesis. But did it prove that Margarito has been cheating all along?
On the surface, it appears that he did. Cotto started the fight just the same as he did in 2008, clearly outboxing his foe through the first half of the fight. But instead of Margarito’s punches accumulating punishment to eventually wear down Cotto in the second half of the fight, Cotto seemed to be fresh heading into the late rounds as he whacked Margarito repeatedly until his eye shut and doctors were convinced that he could no longer continue after the 9th round.
However, there are other factors that play into this. For one, Margarito hasn’t fought since last November. Ring rust could have been a factor as he may not have been as sharp as he was in their first fight. Cotto may have prepared for this fight knowing what he was dealing with after taking Margarito’s best in their first fight. No, Cotto wasn’t a bloody mess as he was in 2008, but his face was busted up pretty good with three full rounds left to go.
The bottom line is that Miguel Cotto feels that Margarito cheated in their first fight and he avenged that loss on Saturday night in front of 20,000 roaring fans in New York City. Sure, nobody will ever truly know how long Margarito used the illegal hand wraps, but on this night there were no thudding blows that had Cotto spitting up blood in the late rounds. There was no monster comeback allowing boxing fans to call it an instant classic. All we saw was a one-sided throttling by Miguel Cotto against the man many believe cheated his way to victory. The truth may never, ever come out, but Cotto and his family can rest easy knowing that this chapter has finally been closed.