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Miguel Cotto: I Will Not Fight Margarito Outside of NY

by David P. Greisman

Twelve days before he is supposed to face Antonio Margarito at Madison Square Garden, Miguel Cotto told reporters that he won’t face Margarito unless the fight takes place in New York City

“I sign this fight for New York. I didn’t sign this fight for somewhere else,” Cotto said Tuesday afternoon on a media conference call. “I’m going to fight in New York. I’m not going to fight in another place. Just in New York. I’m not going to present myself in any other state or any other commission but the New York State Athletic Commission.”

The talk in the past week has been about whether New York would license Margarito due to concerns about the cataract surgery he had following his loss last year to Manny Pacquiao. With that ruling being decided this afternoon, promoter Top Rank has been looking at other states for a last-minute change of venue, including Arizona and Colorado.

Cotto, however, said other states shouldn’t circumvent whatever ruling New York’s athletic commission makes.

“If the people of the New York commission said Margarito is not able to fight because of his eyes, everybody has to respect that and any commission in the U.S. has to respect that,” Cotto said. “I’m not going to fight anywhere else.”

Bob Arum of Top Rank said he didn’t know what Cotto’s stance means for the show — he said such issues would only be discussed if and when the New York State Athletic Commission makes its decision.

David P. Greisman is a member of the Boxing Writers Association of America. Follow David on Twitter at twitter.com/fightingwords2 or on Facebook at facebook.com/fightingwordsboxing, or send questions and comments to [email protected]

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by GRUSTLER on 11-23-2011

Miguel Cotto could have been a better boxer and greater fighter if he would have changed his style up a lil and used some defense and thought a lil more technical in the ring making adjustments.

Comment by GRUSTLER on 11-23-2011

[QUOTE=PacTard;11461536]Look at the little hater. Is this article/thread about Pacquiao? You are pathetic.[/QUOTE] What's pathetic is calling yourself "PacTard". Pac is relevant in this thread because if it wasn't for lil Pac whupping Margarito's ass and breaking his face, Top…

Comment by budfr on 11-23-2011

Coward!!!!

Comment by fvanesbeck on 11-22-2011

These accusations are ridiculous.....Cotto signed up to fight in NY because it was a significant advantage to him given his fan base there.....why should he give up that advantage when he's done nothing wrong? Essentially people who say the fight…

Comment by Fighting Pride on 11-22-2011

Wow. I used to defend Cotto when haters were saying he needed to retire because he was shot. He clearly is not shot, seeing how he comfortably schooled Mayorga, but he desire seems to have left him. With his statements…

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