Margarito cool as a cucumber at final press conference, Cotto heated and not at his best
By Dan Ambrose: At the final press conference on Wedsneday, WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto seemed to come unglued after listening to challenger Antonio Margarito tell him he hits like a girl and then mention how he doesn’t beat up his family members like Cotto.
When it came Cotto’s turn to speak, he seemed so upset that he sounded like he was near tears.
Cotto said “If you don’t know what criminal means, you can look it up in the dictionary. All the Mexican people should be ashamed of your actions. You’re going to to see how a little girl plays with you on Saturday.”
The whole time Cotto was speaking, Margarito said within two feel, laughing and smiling and looking completely relaxed. It was as if Margarito was with a room full of friends, so confident and at ease was he. In contrast, Cotto looked like he wanted to burst into tears. He looked bad and it was good when he was finally done talking because he was working up a lather at the mouth with his comments. After Cotto sat down, he rolled up his shirt sleeves slight, folded his arms and looked nervous and deeply upset. On the other side of the room, Margarito continued to laugh at him seeming to take enjoyment out of Cotto’s suffering.
After the talking was over, Bob Arum, the promoter of the two fighters, brought them to the front of the podium and made it a point to stand in between them for final photos to be taken. I seriously doubt Cotto would have stood next to Margarito if Arum wasn’t there, because he seemed to want no part of Margarito and it would have been bad. I can only guess what Cotto will do when the two fighters are supposed to face off after the weigh-in on Friday. My guess is Cotto will refuse to do it and it’ll ruin the best part of the night.
Overall, I have to pick Margarito was the winner of Wednesday’s event. He was under control the whole time, smiling, laughing and came up with the best sound bites. He was the victor on this night, as he was three years ago when he destroyed Cotto in an 11th round TKO, leaving him a bloody mess after Cotto took a couple of knees to escape his punishment.