A disappointing aftermath: Cotto vs. Margarito
By Lucio Nunez: Miguel Cotto was left a bloody following his loss to Antonio Margarito and was immediately hospitalized. Antonio Margarito on the other side was thrilled with has long desired career defining fight and said “El tornado llegó para quedarse” (The Tornado was here to stay).
I sat back and was thrilled, we had just witnessed one of the best fights in recent years, and both champions had proven they were true gladiators and why they were considered some of the best p4p.
Furthermore, I was already looking forward to a rematch that could have been even better.
More importantly, I figured both Margarito and Cotto would continue to be future stars of boxing.
Man was I on cloud nine because Cotto vs. Margarito had a very disappointing aftermath.
It seemed as both fighters gave everything in the ring and beat the prime out of each other. Margarito, despite the winner, had a severe swollen face and Cotto was, like I mentioned, immediately taken to the hospital.
What was worse was Margarito fought Shane Mosley down the road and lost. Not only did the hype of a Cotto/Margarito rematch wane down, Margarito was caught with a plaster like substance.
Perhaps, this indicated that he might have used that same substance on Cotto. Yet, we will never be able to be 100% sure.
Margarito recently came back and got a surprising shot at Manny Pacquiao. Despite his spirited effort and a body shot that buckled Pacquiao (Pacquiao admitted that he was hurt by that body punch) he lost a lopsided decision and had to receive surgery because of a fractured orbital bone.
Cotto on the other hand went on to win a dubious decision against Joshua Clottey, and faced current P4P king Manny Pacquiao and lost by TKO.
Cotto recently won a light middleweight after stopping Yuri Foreman, but clearly doesn’t seem like the fighter of old.
I find it disappointing that such fighters were deemed to have very promising years down the road but seem to have their best years behind them. Even the thought of a rematch isn’t as exciting anymore.
This is boxing, a cruel sport inside and outside the ring.
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