Margarito: F**K Cotto! It’s going to hurt like I’m using plaster
By Dan Ambrose: Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO’s) is sick and tired of WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s constant remarks about how he thinks that Margarito beat him with plaster in his hand wraps the last time they fought back in 2008.
Margarito is disgusted with the whole thing and wants to take it out on Cotto in the ring on December 3rd at the Madison Square Garden in New York. Although he’s denied using plaster in his hand wraps for that fight again and again, Cotto is still convinced that Margarito did beat him with plaster.
Margarito said this on Saturday’s Cotto-Margarito 24/7 episode 2 on HBO: “F**K Cotto! If he thinks I had plaster [in their previous fight], it will hurt like I was using plaster and he will know it.”
Cotto should worry less about and his suspicions and more on how he’s going to be able to stop the “Express train” Margarito from attacking him. If you look at how Margarito is training, he’s like an animal in camp. I can’t remember seeing him in such good shape and he’s not someone who’s going to be turned away by a few shots from Cotto.
This is a different Margarito that lost to Shane Mosley in 2009. Margarito took that fight in less than optimal condition and it showed. He had to shed a lot of weight in a short period of time and wasn’t in condition for that fight. If you put Mosley in with Margarito on December 3rd, I have no doubts that Margarito would batter Mosley, win every round and make him look like an old man.
Cotto is going to have the same problem. Cotto is too little and he’ll have to run for his life from the 1st round on. If he stops, he’s going to get bludgeoned by Margarito’s nonstop punches. And he’s not going to be winning many rounds running from Margarito.
I see this going badly for Cotto. He’s not going to do as well as he did last time he fought Margarito, because Margarito already knows how to beat him. He has that memory going and once he’s in the ring with Cotto, it’ll be like a flashback, only it’ll be a lot easier because Margarito knows how to break Cotto down quickly now and it’s going to likely be a short six or seven round fight with Margarito butchering Cotto until he takes a couple of knees to get out of the fight.
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