Cotto to receive $5 million, Margarito $2.5 million, plus upside on PPV profits for Saturday’s fight
By Dan Ambrose: WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO’s) and Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO’s) are going to be really well paid for this pay per view bout on HBO this Saturday night. According to news from Dan Rafael of ESPN, the 31-year-old Cotto will get $5 million for Saturday’s rematch, while challenger Margarito will haul in $2.5 million, plus both fighters get an upside on the PPV profits. This isn’t bad for Margarito, who hasn’t exactly winning as of late.
The fight sells for $54.95 on HBO PPV, and that might be a little out of reach for some boxing fans who are short on cash. It’ll be interesting to see what the final PPV totals are. Margarito will bring in a lot of Mexican fans and he could help bring in a lot of fans but I’m not seeing this as a PPV card that brings in huge totals such as 1 million buys. I think it will do alright but it won’t be the equivalent of the typical Manny Pacquiao or Floyd Mayweather Jr. PPV card. Still, the guarantee of $5 million for Cotto and $2.5 million for Margarito is good money for both of these fighters. It’s hard to say how either of them would do against the other top light middleweights in the division at their age. There are some guys in the division that would really give both of them a lot of problems if Bob Arum, their promoter, would match them up.
Cotto has a got a real problem on his hands for this fight. He’s got stamina issues and he’s a sucker for uppercut due to his lack of height and habit of crouching when he fights. Steward did little to break Cotto of the habit of crouching, but he did teach to move more before Cotto let Steward go recently. However, Cotto using movement is nothing really new, because he ran like crazy last time he fought Margarito and so it’s not like Margarito will be seeing anything different from Cotto in this fight. Cotto will run just like last time, and will gas out in the 2nd half of the fight just like last time. The only real question is whether Margarito’s right eye holds up. If it does, he’s going to break Cotto down and give him a beating that will leave Cotto on the canvas at some point in the second half of the fight.