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Cotto vs Margarito Rematch: MGM and MSG Making Bids

By Lem Satterfield

Top Rank's CEO Bob Arum still is undecided on where the Dec. 3 rematch between WBA junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico and ex-titlist Antonio Margarito of Mexico will take place -- New York's Madision Square Garden or the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Their clash is the return bout of a 2008 battle that ended with the now 33-year-old Margarito (38-7, 27 knockouts) handing the now 30-year-old Cotto (36-2, 29KOs) the first loss of his professional career with an 11th-round stoppage the MGM Grand.

"We're waiting for the proposal from the MGM, which should get here this afternoon," said Arum. "And we're also waiting for the proposal from the Garden, which should be here tomorrow [Thursday,] and then we'll make our decision."

A former two-time welterweight and one-time junior welterweight champion, Cotto has built a following at Madison Square Garden, where he often has fought in June on the eve of New York's City's annual Puerto Rican Day parade.

In addition, Cotto is 8-0, with three knockouts in general in his bouts fought in New York, including a mark of 6-0 at Madison Square Garden, with four of those contests having taken place on the eve of the Puerto Rican Day Parade.

Despite Cotto's popularity, particularly during June bouts in The Big Apple, Arum said that an early winter match up featuring the Puerto Rican star in New York could be too expensive.

"The problems with New York is the expenses with the hotel situation. In the beginning of December, the rates are through the cieling,"  said Arum, who promoted Cotto's unanimous decision victory over Shane Mosley at Madison Square Garden in November of 2007.

"The Garden is attempting to get us a really good hotel deal. Another problem is that the Garden, because of their union, is a very expensive building to operate in," said Arum. "But the Garden is working on that situation right now. In Las Vegas, it's much cheaper to put on a show."

Cotto's last New York bout was in June when he dethroned then-WBA king Yuri Foreman (28-2, eight KOs) with a ninth-round knockout before 20,727 in the first-ever boxing show at the new Yankee Stadium.

Cotto has the 6-0 mark at Madison Square Garden, including wins over current IBF junior welterweight king Zab Judah when they were welterweights, as well as those against former world titlists Mosley, Joshua Clottey and Paulie Malignaggi.

At the MGM Grand, Cotto is 5-2, with four KOs, ending with a 12th-round knockout of ex-world champion Ricardo Mayorga in his last fight in March.

But Cotto's two previous appearances at The MGM were stoppage losses against Margarito and eight division king and WBO welterweight belt-holder Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 KOs), the latter in the 12th-round in November of 2009.

Miguel Cotto's record at Madison Square Garden

Muhammad Abdullaev, W TKO 9, June 11, 2005

Paulie Malignaggi, W UD 12, June 10, 2006

Zab Judah, W TKO 11, June 9, 2007

Shane Mosley, W UD 12, Nov. 10, 2007

Michael Jennings, W TKO 5, Feb. 21, 2009

Joshua Clottey, W SD 12, June 13, 2009

Miguel Cotto's record at the MGM Grand

Justin Juuko, W TKO 5, June 22, 2002
  
Demetrio Ceballos, W TKO 7, Sept. 13, 2003
  
Victoriano Sosa, W TKO 4, Feb. 28, 2004

Lovmore N'dou, W UD 12, May 8, 2004

Antonio Margarito, L TKO 11, July 26, 2008

Manny Pacquiao, L TKO 12, Nov. 2009

Ricardo Mayorga, W TKO 12, March 12, 2011

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by XxLeftHook_ on 07-07-2011

Cowboys Stadium!

Comment by gibo on 07-07-2011

[QUOTE=Cuauhtli02;10799405]yeah a shot mayorga was able to go 12 rounds with cotto :haha: @ oxygen mask and neck brace.[/QUOTE] yeah but a shot SSM beat the sh*t out of el cheato margarito. and midget PACQUIAL busted that tortilla taco face…

Comment by gibo on 07-07-2011

[QUOTE=Cuauhtli02;10799354]they wont do anything, just like they didn't do sh[I]i[/I]t when b hop threw their flag on the floor.[/QUOTE] True!!! cause had b-hob done that in mesico or LA, he would of been shot down along with 15 other innocent…

Comment by edgarg on 07-07-2011

[QUOTE=DoomCity202;10800386]being that you are saluting a washed up known cheater as a hero speaks loudly though...and if its the Mexican thing there are many you could be a fan of....i believe baby JulioCC would beat Margaritos ass without those casts…

Comment by onechance87 on 07-07-2011

[QUOTE=andyp513;10799609]What is it,top rank is that cheap to not help with the "room" expenses? Pretty lame to me considering what theyll be making that weekend.Thank god i just only reserved a room on hold for that night[/QUOTE] I dont understand…

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