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By Dan Rafael
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Archive Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, who waged a blistering -- and ultimately controversial -- slugfest in 2008, will meet in a rematch on Dec. 3, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum told ESPN.com.

Arum said he has deals with both sides, although the paperwork is not complete. Representatives for both fighters also said that they have accepted the fight and are in the process of finalizing agreements with Arum.

"We're on board and moving forward," Sergio Diaz, Margarito's co-manager said. "We've met with Bob. We want the fight. Cotto wants the fight. We're just finishing everything."


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When Arum was in Puerto Rico last week to announce the signing of junior lightweight Luis Cruz to a co-promotional deal between Top Rank and Cotto's promotional company, he met with Gaby Penagaricano, Cotto's attorney.

"In our meeting, we had the opportunity to discuss all aspects of the Cotto-Margarito II deal," Penagaricano said. "Although we no doubt made progress, there are some aspects that will require further discussion (but) Miguel is certainly happy and even looking forward to having the opportunity to avenge his first loss."

The fight, for Cotto's junior middleweight title, will take place either at New York's Madison Square Garden or the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Arum said.

"We need to hammer out the site and we're doing an analysis now of New York and Las Vegas," Arum said. "The costs are so high in New York. The unions will kill you in New York."

Margarito is lucky he is able to fight after suffering a severe injury to his right eye during his lopsided decision loss to Manny Pacquiao in November. In that bout, Margarito suffered a broken orbital bone and also developed a large cataract in the right eye as a result of Pacquiao's repeated blows.

Arum hoped to make the rematch first in July and then in September, but the date was pushed deeper into the year so Margarito, who had surgery to remove the cataract in mid-May, could continue his recovery. The orbital bone has healed, Diaz said.

Diaz said that Margarito was originally told he could continue to box only as long as he didn't have cataract surgery, but that the blurry vision in his right eye would not improve. Diaz said at that point, Margarito strongly considered surgery and retirement.

"(His vision) was pretty bad, really blurry," Diaz said.

But Arum suggested that Margarito visit an eye specialist he had once seen. So Margarito arranged to visit Dr. Alan Crandall in Salt Lake City about two months ago.

"He told us Antonio's problem was very fixable and not a career-ending injury," Diaz said. "Antonio had pretty much accepted the fact that he would have surgery and have to retire. But they did this different kind of surgery that day, a half-hour surgery. They removed the cataract and put in a new lens. His vision is a whole lot better and will continue to get better. We have to do a minor laser surgery in a couple of weeks, but Antonio is going to be fine. He has been released to continue his career."

Like the first fight, the sequel will be on pay-per-view, although the company that will handle the event -- HBO or Showtime -- has not been determined. HBO PPV produced and distributed the first fight (which generated approximately 450,000 buys), but Arum said the network that he makes a deal with for the rights to the Nov. 12 pay-per-view fight between Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will also land Cotto-Margarito II.

The first fight was one of the most memorable battles of 2008 and one of best fights in the rich history of the Puerto Rico vs. Mexico rivalry.

"Cotto and Margarito can't help but be a terrific fight because of their styles," Arum said. "Margarito knows how to fight only one way, and that is to come straight ahead. Cotto has to be more intelligent this time and have more gas in the tank. I talked to Cotto about that and he said, 'There's one big difference for me in this fight as opposed to the first fight, the smart old guy in my corner.'"

Puerto Rico's Cotto was referring to Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward, who has been with him for his past two fights.

In the first fight, Mexico's Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) came on strong in the late rounds to stop Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) in the 11th round of a bloody battle and take his welterweight belt on July 26, 2008 at the MGM Grand.

Margarito, who has lost two of his three fights since, was given tremendous credit for the victory as he ended Cotto's undefeated run. However, the win was eventually tainted because before his next fight, against Shane Mosley, Margarito was caught in the dressing room trying to wear loaded hand wraps containing illegal pads coated in a plaster-like substance. Mosley eventually knocked Margarito out in the in the ninth round and Margarito subsequently had his license revoked.

Because Margarito had fought Cotto in his previous fight -- and administered significant facial damage to him late in the fight -- many suspected he had gotten away with wearing illegal hand wraps.

Margarito, 33, sat out for 16 months after the license revocation before moving up to junior middleweight. He returned in his native Mexico, where he was welcomed with open arms and won a decision against low-level opponent Robert Garcia.

The hand-wrap scandal continued to swirl around Margarito, who was not licensed to fight in the United States until Texas granted him one for a November bout against Pacquiao. In their fight for a vacant junior middleweight belt, Margarito lost a lopsided decision and suffered the injuries.

Diaz said Margarito was ready for the scrutiny that will accompany a rematch with Cotto and the questions about whether he cheated in the first fight.

"When I was sitting with Bob, we were talking about going to Puerto Rico on the press tour," Diaz said. "Antonio said he was prepared for anything. He said, 'I could go anywhere and people don't like me, but this is the business. I'm a fighter and I have to face people who don't like me. I love Puerto Rico and I have to be prepared for it.' When he told me that, I felt relieved. I've been with him since he was 18 and it bothers me, it hurts me (that many people believe he cheated against Cotto). But Antonio is a strong guy. He knows he didn't do anything wrong, but he also knows he has to answer the questions."

Cotto, 30, moved up to junior middleweight in June 2010 and stopped Yuri Foreman in the ninth round to win a 154-pound title, which he defended March 12 with a 12th-round TKO of former titleholder Ricardo Mayorga.

"I think the rematch will continue from the first fight," Diaz said. "Antonio is really excited about the fight. He knows it will be a war. Antonio knows it will be another exciting fight. Cotto is a tremendous fighter, a four-time world champion. Antonio's a three-time champion. There are a lot of skeptics out there to show that Antonio's win the first time was no fluke.

"If Antonio was questioning himself he wouldn't have taken this fight. A lot of fighters say, 'I beat him once why do I need to do it again?' But Antonio is ready to get back in the ring. The payday is always good and the thought of being retired, I could see in his face when hit him. He was like, 'I'm 32 (at the time) and I have to retire already?' He wasn't taking it good, so when he was told he could continue he said it was a blessing. This fight is a blessing."

Dan Rafael is the boxing writer for ESPN.com. Follow him on Twitter @danrafaelespn.


1. This is for the WBC Title. Margarito gets more shots than Zab
2. Does Margarito have the mental edge over Cotto
3. Margarito better never betray Bob Arum because he is really looking out for him with all these undeserved paydays.
AussieLad
Wow. Thats a bit fucked up. Margs doesnt deserve it at this stage of his career

But i can understand this. Cotto felt he was beaten by loaded gloves and wants his revenge. Might not actually legitimize the fight, but i can understand why its getting made
King Eugene
QUOTE (AussieLad @ Jul 5 2011, 09:14 PM) *
Wow. Thats a bit fucked up. Margs doesnt deserve it at this stage of his career

But i can understand this. Cotto felt he was beaten by loaded gloves and wants his revenge. Might not actually legitimize the fight, but i can understand why its getting made

This seems a bit more personal.

It would be unfortunate should Cotto be pressured and beaten down again.
xxxxxx
When this fight first got mentioned I didn't want it to happen because I felt Margarito shouldn't be allowed to fight again. But now after time has went by I'm happy this fight is getting made. Cotto deserves to have redemption and He will get it. Steward will have a gameplan and Cotto will follow. Margarito will still have his moments, but Cotto wins and rightfully so. Good fight here. Also this fight and Win will enhance Cottos legacy in the sport of boxing. His 2 losses are against alleged cheaters so this would erase 1 of them. A solid win here puts Cotto as a possible Hall of Famer in my opinion.
BoxingStill#1
I am a fan of Miguel Cotto

Cotto loses this fight...

Marg is wrong for Cotto on any given night IMO

Does Cotto have what it takes to beat Marg? Yes and No

Yes, he has the skill set indeed

No, he doesn't have the heart anymore

IDK.....
BoxingStill#1
Oh and btw, Marg doesn't remotely deserve 2 title shots in a row after what happened....

That is an unconscionable
BoxingStill#1
QUOTE (Fitz @ Jul 5 2011, 10:40 PM) *
I want to write something really, really terrible about Margarito.


DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!

(High school kids chanting)
Lil-lightsout
I thought this fight was in NY for sure. But I guess the site is in the air?

If it is in NY, I am so there! This is a can't miss fight for so many reasons.
gravytrain
this fight is just to see who gets Pac after Marquez.
Cshel86
I dont believe Margarito deserves this many (if any) chances to fight again, but its happening, so oh well. Though we ALL believe this dude had loaded gloves, he was still successful at closing the distance and landing shots on Cotto. We will see how this goes!
King Eugene
QUOTE (gravytrain @ Jul 5 2011, 10:54 PM) *
this fight is just to see who gets Pac after Marquez.

Sad but true...
flip
I don't think Margarito deserves the fight, but I think Cotto deserves this. I hope he doesn't believe that the only reason he lost was because of the possible illegal handwraps. I would hate to see Cotto lose the same way he did in the first fight.

QUOTE (gravytrain @ Jul 5 2011, 10:54 PM) *
this fight is just to see who gets Pac after Marquez.

A little exaggerated. I hope you dont honestly believe that. If Margarito wins, im pretty sure hes not getting a rematch win pacquiao.
STEVENSKI
Good fight to be made by two guys who are ruined. I am highly suspicious the Bob's eye specialist has"fixed" the problem. Bob would not care if Marg went blind so long as it made the old prick a $.

Then again I am sure a lot of people here would enjoy seeing Marg beaten to death in the ring.

Cotto is shot to shit & so is Margarito which means this is a good fight but a bad one & certainly should not be for a title.
BoxingWizard23
Cotto should use Mosley's strategy to beat Margarito. Cotto gotta use the jab to set up combinations to the body and when Margarito comes in and lunges in with them slow ass body punches and the longest ever upper cut he should tie up and hold then throw hard rights when they break off. Cotto should go for broke a bit to the body and chin when they break off. Margarito's chin shouldn't be as strong because Mosley is stronger than Pacman and Cotto is too. But we'll see likely Steward incorporating Brother Nazim's strategy against Margarito. Should be a good fight I'm down to pay for it. Let's get it.
Hops
If Pacquiao was a little bit slower, he would have been knocked out by Margarito. Pac's speed prevented Margarito from landing huge shots after huge shots. You could see Margarito just throw anything in the general direction of Pac's body and it would hurt whether his shots land on arms, body, shoulder, anywhere.

Bottomline, Cotto needs to learn how to hold and hug. Hey, even Mayweather knows how to play dirty.
salvador
"The unions will kill you in New York." - that might be my fav all time quote from Arum.
TheFonz
Cotto will win this fight easier than some people believe.
gravytrain
QUOTE (King Eugene @ Jul 6 2011, 01:12 AM) *
Sad but true...


i don't see how someone can say otherwise. they're both already with TR, have had successful PPVs with Pac, Arum has wanted the Cotto rematch again for a long time now and Margarito always comes to fight.


QUOTE (flip @ Jul 6 2011, 02:13 AM) *
I don't think Margarito deserves the fight, but I think Cotto deserves this. I hope he doesn't believe that the only reason he lost was because of the possible illegal handwraps. I would hate to see Cotto lose the same way he did in the first fight.


A little exaggerated. I hope you dont honestly believe that. If Margarito wins, im pretty sure hes not getting a rematch win pacquiao.


why wouldn't i believe that? it's not like people wont buy it on PPV and go to Cowboys stadium or the MGM grand to see it. if he beats Cotto they'll say he turned his career around and he wants a rematch to avenge the loss. seeing that nobody cared about the wide margin on the cards when they were fighting i would say it would sell again.

QUOTE (STEVENSKI @ Jul 6 2011, 02:58 AM) *
Good fight to be made by two guys who are ruined. I am highly suspicious the Bob's eye specialist has"fixed" the problem. Bob would not care if Marg went blind so long as it made the old prick a $.

Then again I am sure a lot of people here would enjoy seeing Marg beaten to death in the ring.

Cotto is shot to shit & so is Margarito which means this is a good fight but a bad one & certainly should not be for a title.


i don't doubt that Marg got it fixed but Arum would have no problem if it got injured again and he went blind if there's a PPV attached to it.


BoxingStill#1
QUOTE (Fitz @ Jul 6 2011, 06:31 AM) *
How cool would it be to see Cotto beat Margarito within an inch of his life. Just to see Margarito laying there in the middle of the ring, with a stunned silent crowd with paramedics rushing to the ring. That long silence around the arena where people are wondering if he is okay, or going to make it. As you see him leave the arena in a neck brace. Then an hour later, you read on a boxing site that Margarito is in hospital in a very critical condition. Only to see the next day that it looks like he is going to be ok and make a recovery, though his career will be finished.
This is what he deserves. I'm not going to sit here and write that he should die or anything, haha. But he should be put through a lot, beaten within an inch. This is what he deserves.

Unfortunately I don't think this will happen, and will probably be Margarito winning again and if Cotto some how wins, it will be a close decision. But I think Margarito may win it, which will make my blood boil even more because he doesn't deserve it, and Cotto is the man and doesn't deserve that from a low life piece of shit.


Margocheato doesn't remotely deserve this...

Arum (the best promoter in the world) is a fraud and sickening. He is destroying the sport he help build...

worthless
Big Slim Sweet
QUOTE (STEVENSKI @ Jul 6 2011, 01:58 AM) *
I am highly suspicious the Bob's eye specialist has"fixed" the problem. Bob would not care if Marg went blind so long as it made the old prick a $.

laugh.gif

I found that bit awfully convenient as well.

Reminded me for some reason of that old comedian in Good Fellas. 'Dr. So and So is here. Wonderful doctor. Gave the guy six months to live. Guy couldn't pay his bills. Gave him another six months.'

Jack 1000
I remember having the first fight so close at the stoppage, that it will be good to see Cotto get his rematch and REVENGE!

This will be a beating! Cotto TKO 9. It will send Cheato into retirement. What about Cheato's eye issue anyway?

Jack
xxxxxx
I see that a lot of people are saying Margarito will win this fight...I disagree. I don't feel Cotto is as washed up as some people have posted. Margarito took a worse beating last time out in my opinion. Cotto will be highly motivated for this one as will Steward. I'm not saying Cotto will dismantle Margarito, but that would be nice. If I had to pick I would say Cotto by decison. I'm actually more interested and excited for this match than Mayweather-Ortiz or Pac-Man-Marquez. Cotto is a great fighter to watch and a class act. He deserves this and will get it done.
mrwigi
Styles make fights. Im rooting for Cotto, but it aint gonna be easy.
JONdaCON817
They should let Cotto fight him with loaded gloves... thatd be awesome.

it deff is gonna be an amazing fight... FOTY candidate although i agree with Marg never being allowed to fight again.
D-MARV
QUOTE (gravytrain @ Jul 5 2011, 10:54 PM) *
this fight is just to see who gets Pac after Marquez.

Nah... Victor Ortiz is next for Pacquiao.
KYLE THEEE SPINKS FAN
Margarito is going to destroy Cotto again. There is absolutely no proof he fought with loaded gloves in that first fight, just assumptions. I watched FNF last night, and Wolak and Rodiguez were going off about how Cotto traded with Tony...WTF? Cotto tried to box Margarito and had success doing it even.

The problem is, Cotto can't fight backing up. That was evident back in 07 against Mosley. This isn't a secret that Cotto can't fight backing up. Hell, Mayorga was competitive with Cotto, so where the hell is this new and improved Miguel. Did yall see Mayorga's fight against Mike Walker to see how washed up Mayorga really is? Mike Walker is a journeyman midwest fighter, and he laid hands on Mayorga. Cotto is more washed up than people think, and Yuri Foreman ain't all that.

Margarito doubled Pac over with a body shot, and he still has that power. He backed Pac up, and Pac didn't like it when Margarito laid hands on him. Mosley ran away after getting hit by Pac, Tony kept coming forward. Anybody really think Cotto is going to hit Tony harder than Pac? The second Cotto realized that he can't hurt Margarito, can't back Margarito up, and can't run all night, which will be the 1st round, this fight is over. The mental image of what happened in 08 will come back. People can hype it all they want, and make whatever assumptions they want, but when they're in the ring that night, Margarito will ruin Cotto again.

If Cotto is assuming that Margarito had loaded gloves back in 2008, and that's the reason he lost, he's in a lot of trouble in December. Can't wait for this fight, as Tony will be back on top.
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