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Margarito: "I'm Mentally and Physically Stronger Than Cotto"...WOODS

BY Michael Woods ON November 28, 2011
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Margarito media day 111128 005aThat man does not look like he holds the weight of the world on his shoulders, does he? If guilt has a hold on Antonio Margarito, if the Mexican-born hitter lays his head down on pillow and at night mulls his rulebreaking ways, then he is miscast as a boxer, and should be in Hollywood.

Did Margarito intend to use loaded gloves against Shane Mosley in 2009? Did he use plaster pads in other fights, maybe against Miguel Cotto in 2008? We will likely never know. This is boxing's JFK assassination. But we may get more evidence into the case come Saturday night. If Cotto handles Margarito, if the Puerto Rican handles the launches of Margarito better than he did in the 2008 loss, then many will opine that Margarito was Margacheato on that occasion. Is that fair? Maybe not, as much time has passed since then, and there have been other developments since. Like Margarito's eye. He had surgery on it in November 2010, then again in January 2011, then again in May 2011. Busted orbital bone, detached retina, cataract. This would dissuade most of us from tempting fate, and stepping in a ring, where the eye could be irreparably damaged. But prizefighters of his like are not "most of us." They are made of different material. Bodies harder, reservoirs of will deeper. Ability to compartmentalize and neutralize self doubt much greater. at Madison Square Garden.

At an open workout at the Kingsway Gym in midtown today, Margarito spoke of being confident ahead of his Saturday rematch with Cotto. He said he wasn't thrown off by the licensing flap which has dominated the fightgame media the last few weeks, though he did have to reset 12 rounds of sparring because he had to fly to NYC last week to be examined by a NYSAC-chosen physician last Monday.

The boxer said if the KO comes, it comes. He said he isn't concerned that the building will likely be pro Cotto, and is aware that the judges might not shower him with love if it goes to a decision. "In the ring, it is only him and I and no one else," he said.

Margarito said he's jazzed to be fighting in the ring where the best and the brightest have fought. The jump in weight from the first fight to this one, he said, will benefit him. He said he didn't feel Cotto's punches at 147 and expects to feel them les at 154.

I asked him if he is mentally stronger than Cotto, has more of a warrior's heart.

"I do mentally and physically I'm stronger than him. I've already shown it once and I'm going to show it again," Margarito said.

TSS Universe, what do you say? Cotto or Margarito? is this THE fight of the year candidate? I say yes. What say you?

Comment on this article

brownsugar says:

Wow,.. when they first called this fight I thought,.. what can this twice demolished former champ hope to bring to the fight that could bother the seemingly revived Miguel Cotto... Under Stewarts tutelage Cotto looked like the consumate professional, utterly refurbished and ready for business... pacing his punches, planning for the long haul, and sticking to his strategy.

Now it's like Marquez vs Pac all over again. Although I don't think Pac looked that bad in that fight, Marquez seems to know just how to fight the diminutive dynamo.

Could this also be true for Margarito,... with or without bricks in his gloves?? I'm almost tempted to believe it. Cotto seems a little leery about Margarito in his prefight interviews... but if he can manage to quell his inner demons from the previous fight, Cotto should be able to administer a clinic. After all, he handled a 172lb Mayorga who fought off his own adenaline while Margarito has looked far more like the faded warrior. I'm sticking with Cotto by a hair... in the hopes he can put Margarito behind him forever after this fight.

amayseng says:

fighting with loaded gloves and attempting to ruin another mans life in a competition is unforgivable

i was happy to see pac beat margacheato to a pulp, what i am not happy about is

for him to continue to get paid in a sport in which he should be banned..

hopefully when cotto takes an unloaded punch it clicks in his mind that marg has nothing

on him without those loaded gloves, then he proceeds to do a shane mosley on marg

and nearly knock his head entirely off his shoulders...

in fact i thought for a split second that shane had killed him, i hope cotto comes out

on top..

he deserves to

FighterforJC says:

I don't believe the nonsense about Marg having "bricks" in his gloves. Whatever that substance they found wasn't nearly anything significant enough to make a real difference. If anything, it may have had a placebo effect on Margarito thinking that he's got the upperhand, but nothing more. I know the tough guys on these boards will beg to differ and talk about the days when they fought some guy who had nails in his gloves and poked holes on their cheeks with it. LOL. They'll pull rank and say that just because one hasn't fought in the ring, their opinion is invalid. Sure, whatever. But absolutely, Marg is physically and mentally stronger than Cotto. Cotto has proven his mettle over the last few years, but his career is no less fabricated than De La Hoya's and Mayweather's, having everything mapped out from his pro debut to his first world title and having paper champs manufactured for him to beat along the way, well before he was even within championship contention. He came into the sport a primadonna and will always be one.

analyzinfightin says:

FYI, the article states Margarito is Mexican-born, which isn't true. Margarito was born in Torrance, California, but was raised in Tijuana, Mexico.

mortcola says:

F4Sanity - so, now Cotto has a manufactured career? Record built up against nothing but stiffs and schooteachers? You know, I think you could do really well for yourself if you put your intelligence in service of issues you didn't pull out of your a-- like a mental tapeworm. Things that have some basis in some other reality than your own own deep resentment of, well, whatever's dogging you. Miguel Cotto, manufactured fighter. Ok, go on, give us some more. Every village needs an idiot.

FighterforJC says:

F4Sanity - so, now Cotto has a manufactured career? Record built up against nothing but stiffs and schooteachers? You know, I think you could do really well for yourself if you put your intelligence in service of issues you didn't pull out of your a-- like a mental tapeworm. Things that have some basis in some other reality than your own own deep resentment of, well, whatever's dogging you. Miguel Cotto, manufactured fighter. Ok, go on, give us some more. Every village needs a village-id....I mean, conspiracy theorist seeing big patterns in his kibble.


It's funny how you scream like a little girl whenever someone disagrees with you or attacks your favorite fighters. Cotto had the potential to become the next Trinidad. He had the talent and physical tools. His career was plotted out as carefully as De La Hoya's. For as much b*****ng he has shown towards margarito's handwraps, Cotto was notorious for landing the stray low blow at crucial points of his earlier bouts, usually bailing himself out of defeat. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that his actual contract with HBO allows him a specific number of low blows per fight. lol. The nature of Cotto's whining against Margarito is that of bitterness due to Margarito not following the script and for possibly even obtaining an unfair advantage with the illegal wraps, when only Cotto should be entitled to such privelages because you know, he's the star and all and it's his party. The stoppage against Corley was one of the most ridiculous in the history of the sport. Even the whole handwrap fiasco with Margarito was mostly an attempt to revive Cotto's career (it worked), since Margarito's guilt essentially erases Cotto's loss. They couldn't care less what would've or could've happened to Mosley, they just wanted to resurrect Miguel Cotto's marketability.

mortcola says:

It's funny how you scream like a little girl whenever someone disagrees with you or attacks your favorite fighters. Cotto had the potential to become the next Trinidad. He had the talent and physical tools. His career was plotted out as carefully as De La Hoya's. For as much b*****ng he has shown towards margarito's handwraps, Cotto was notorious for landing the stray low blow at crucial points of his earlier bouts, usually bailing himself out of defeat. I wouldn't be surprised to find out that his actual contract with HBO allows him a specific number of low blows per fight. lol. The nature of Cotto's whining against Margarito is that of bitterness due to Margarito not following the script and for possibly even obtaining an unfair advantage with the illegal wraps, when only Cotto should be entitled to such privelages because you know, he's the star and all and it's his party. The stoppage against Corley was one of the most ridiculous in the history of the sport. Even the whole handwrap fiasco with Margarito was mostly an attempt to revive Cotto's career (it worked), since Margarito's guilt essentially erases Cotto's loss. They couldn't care less what would've or could've happened to Mosley, they just wanted to resurrect Miguel Cotto's marketability.


First, you seem to have a consistent problem with females. Second, I don't respond badly when others don't like my favorite fighters - I am simply crusading against stupid and paranoid. I like Cotto, but I'm not on the bandwagon - sometimes I root for, sometimes against. You just connect so many dots in so many imaginary ways that are mostly to the detriment of someone popular, so many hidden scripts and dramas, that you give me lots and lots to mess with you for. If you weren't so da---d insulting about all your hairballs I'd just ignore your posts. For the record, most conspiracy theories and behind the scenes scripts are the product of the beholder's overly fertile and confused imagination. They give a sense of purpose and consistency to an otherwise off-the-tracks life and mind. Now go enjoy yourself and try not to cause any more damage.

bernie sanchez says:

Actually Margarito is American born..

Radam G says:

@bernie sanchez, Margarito has been Obama-ized. Don't be surprised to hear cats start claiming that Tony was born Turkey or some jive spit. Holla!

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