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Cotto-Margarito Rematch: December 3 in NY, Says Arum

By Lem Satterfield

BoxingScene.com caught up to Top Rank Promotions CEO, Bob Arum, to discuss the future of WBA junior middleweight titlist Miguel Cotto. Arum said that he is targeting the 30-year-old Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) for a rematch with 33-year-old ex-titlist Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs), who dethroned Cotto as WBA welterweight champion with an 11th-round knockout in July of 2008.

Arum wants to place the fight in New York City's Madison Square Garden, a venue where Cotto is very popular and sells thousands of tickets. He expects the rematch to performance very well in New York, and on pay-per-view.

BoxingScene.com: Is there a possibility that Miguel Cotto might face Kermit Cintron if Antonio Margarito is not cleared to fight medically due to the damage absored in his last fight -- the loss to Manny Pacquiao?

BA: It will probably be Miguel Cotto against Antonio Margarito, and it will probably be on Dec. 3. Antonio Margarito's eye is 100 percent.

BoxingScene.com: Do you expect to hear any media criticism for making Antonio Margarito-Miguel Cotto II, and if so, what do you see as the value?

BA: I couldn't care less about the criticism I'm going to hear about that fight, because I know that the Hispanic fans, whether they be Puerto Rican or Mexican will want to buy that fight.

There will be enough fans to make a really good number and we're looking to do the fight in New York City, to that will make a special impact being that it will be in Madison Square Garden where Cotto has been so popular.

So, I don't see any downside to that fight. Their first fight, Antonio Margarito won. Some people -- not myself of course -- but some people question or not Antonio Margarito's gloves were okay.

But I rely on the Nevada State Athletic Commission's say that they were not. Anyway, it should get a lot of ink and it should sell very well.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by mex602 on 06-13-2011

[quote=prboxingcotto;10684927]great in ny im buying front row seats to this bye bye cheating ****** ure career is over karma is a ***** cotto is going to beat this ***** up badly for cheating no mexican will buy a ticket it…

Comment by RL_GMA on 06-13-2011

I've been a big Cotto supporter for years, and I'd be lying to you if I said this was a sureshot win for Cotto. We obviously have to look at where both fighters are physically and mentally today. But as…

Comment by freeloada on 06-13-2011

[QUOTE=SdBoxingFan83;10689147]Pointless fight if you ask me[/QUOTE] Good thing no one asked you.. Still a great fight.. Both guys styles are fan friendly. And neither are ever in a boring fight. This will be another modern day classic.. I agree.. If…

Comment by SdBoxingFan83 on 06-13-2011

Pointless fight if you ask me

Comment by mex602 on 06-13-2011

[QUOTE=Beater_of_ass;10687466]Marg got nearly DROPPED by a punch to a guy who weighed 20 pounds less then him, that IS a bad thing, especially when its the 4th round. Also, anyone saying he "applied" pressure as a positive thing is a…

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