LIKE a dam with three years of revenge building up behind him, a cool and calculated Miguel Cotto exacted painful retribution on Antonio Margarito before over 21,000 fans inside the cauldron of Madison Square Garden on a cold New York City night on December 3, 2011.
‘The Tijuana Tornado’ had scored a highly controversial win over the Puerto Rican idol in Las Vegas in July 2008. The irresistible Margarito astonishingly battered Cotto to a pulp inside 11 rounds. In his very next fight, however, his doctored handwraps were exposed by Shane Mosley’s trainer, Naazim Richardson, before the bout. The suspicious pads were removed, his hands re-wrapped legally and he was duly smashed up by Mosley in nine rounds.
Margarito and his trainer, Javier Capetillo, had their licenses temporarily suspended by the California State Athletic Commission leading many to suspect this wasn’t the first time Margarito’s team had tried this.