Margarito in excellent shape, Cotto destined or another beating
By Dan Ambrose: On December 3rd, Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO’s) and WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO’s) are going to be getting it on in a still yet to be determined venue. However, it really doesn’t matter where the fight takes place, it will be happening on December 3rd and Cotto is heading for another beating in this fight.
Margarito looks totally ripped and is in better shape than he was last time he beat Cotto three years ago. The New York State Athletic Commission is making a big production about Margarito’s surgically repaired right eye and is having him meet with an Ophthalmologist on Tuesday to determine whether Margarito’s eye is in good enough shape for him to fight in New York at the Madison Square Garden.
Look for the doctor to decide against giving Margarito a pass to take the fight in New York. But it matters little, because the fight will simply be moved to another venue where the city and state will be all too happy to get the influx of fans and revenue that will come with the Margarito-Cotto fight. Anyway, all that stuff is boring to even talk about. The real interesting stuff is how good Margarito is looking. He’s training like a mad man and he’s going to be all over Cotto in this rematch.
I think it’s going to be another brutal beating for Cotto. He’s had things easy pretty much since the Margarito loss by the easy match-making his promoter has done for him. With the exception of his one-sided loss to Manny Pacquiao, Cotto has been put in with less than dangerous opposition against guys like Yuri Foreman [A Top Rank stable fighter], 38-year-old Ricardo Mayorga, and British fighter Michael Jennings and Joshua Clottey.
That’s weak opposition and Cotto should have lost the Clottey fight in my view. He’s basically had four easy fights and one hard fight since the Margarito loss. And now he’s being put in with another quality fighter and he’s going to be in trouble.