Margarito looking to stop Cotto’s complaining by knocking him out on Saturday
By Dan Ambrose: Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO’s) has had to listen to WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto’s whining and complaining for the past month about how he thinks Margarito loaded his hand wraps in their previous 2008 fight.
Margarito is officially sick of the crying from Cotto and intends on knocking him out to shut his mouth. Margarito doesn’t want there to be any controversy at all after their fight on Saturday night.
Margarito said to boxingtalk.com “The first fight was a fair fight. I beat him fair and square. This fight will be a fair fight without controversy.”
Margarito is going to have to really beat Cotto badly if he’s to take any measure of controversy out of this fight, because it it’s a close one he may not get the credit that he craves so badly. Margarito will have to take the fight to Cotto like he did last time, wear him down and blast him out.
I suspect Cotto will be bleeding badly by the 5th round if Margarito can catch up to him. Cotto is more like a 3 or 4 round fighter now when put under pressure. If Margarito applies a ton of pressure, the cracks in Cotto’s game will start to show by the 4th round. That’s when I see Cotto no longer able to run as much and starting to look ragged.
Cotto is great for three rounds, but after that he wears down and starts getting hit a lot. Margarito must cut off the ring and not let Cotto escape because he’s going to be trying to steal the rounds by hitting and running. Cotto doesn’t have the size or the skin to stand up to Margarito without getting pummeled. So you can expect Cotto to stay on the run until he wears out and gets trapped and put down. Cotto will likely drop to his knees by the 6th or 7th depending on how well Margarito applies the pressure. Cotto won’t want to take a beating like he he took last time. The self preservation mode is strong in him. He’ll protect his hide first.