Margarito: Cotto hits like a girl; I’m not someone who beats up my family
By Dan Ambrose: Antonio Margarito scored some major points during Wednesday’s final press conference with WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto after a heated exchange. Margarito said “Here comes the criminal; open the doors for the criminal.
I’ve been called a criminal by this man sitting next to me. I don’t know why they say that. I am not someone who beats up my family.”
Margarito, of course, is talking about the incident between Cotto and his uncle/trainer, who Cotto beat up in 2009.
Margarito doesn’t care for Cotto calling him a criminal considering that there is zero proof that Margarito destroyed Cotto with the help of plaster in his hand wraps the time that the Cotto and Margarito fought against each other in 2008.
Cotto is speculating that because Margarito was caught with loaded hand wraps before his fight against Shane Mosley in 2008, then Margarito likely fought with plaster in his bout with him a year earlier in 2008. However, it’s all guesswork on Cotto’s part, without proof and it seems to be making him more and more furious with each passing day.
Margarito isn’t doing anything to spur this anger; Cotto is doing it all himself by just guessing. It’s sad; really, because Cotto is just going to be in a bad state by the time the two fighters step into the ring and will end up foolishly attacking Margarito and trying to trade with him toe-to-toe.
Cotto doesn’t have the size, chin, skin or the weapons to stand up and beat Margarito in a slugging match. Cotto’s only hope of winning this fight is to hit and run and pray that he’s still standing at the end of the fight. If he’s still on his two feet at the end of the fight, I see him winning. But if there’s going to be a knockout, it’s going to be Margarito that doe the knocking out. Cotto will be the victim.
Margarito said “He [Cotto] can hit my eye as much as he wants. He hits like a little girl. A super flyweight hits harder.”
Cotto’s punches had no effect on Margarito last time they fought and it’ll likely be the same on Saturday night. Cotto started out as a light welterweight and although he’s now moved up two divisions, he’s still pretty much a light welterweight in terms of power. He can’t hurt Margarito and if he tries, he’s going to get knocked out.
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