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Miguel Cotto's Trainer: Margarito Could Have Continued

By Rey Colon

Madison Square Garden, New York City - Miguel Cotto's Cuban trainer, Pedro Díaz, agrees with Francisco Espinoza, the co-manager of Antonio Margarito. Diaz, like Espinoza, believes Margarito could have continued when the doctor stopped the action before the tenth round got underway on Saturday night.

Margarito's right eye appeared to be swollen shut, but the boxer claims that he was still able to see and when the doctor asked him for a finger count, Margarito correctly answered the doctor three times. The doctor still felt it was too dangerous to allow Margarito to continue and he stopped the fight. Cotto, who was well ahead on the official scorecards, was declared the winner by TKO.

Margarito argued that his eye was a lot worse in last year's loss to Manny Pacquiao and he was allowed to continue until the final bell. His team argued that Pawel Wolak's eye, in the first fight with Delvin Rodriguez earlier this year, was far more swollen than Margarito's right eye and he was allowed to continue until the end. Wolak-Rodriguez also took place in New York City and regulated by the same commission appointed doctors. 

Most believe Margarito's severe orbital bone injury to the right eye, suffered in the fight with Pacquiao, influenced the doctors to stop the fight. Earlier this year, Margarito had a major surgical procedure on the eye and an artificial lens was inserted.

"I think that he could have continued. I didn't think the eye was that badly damaged [where the fight should have been stopped]. I've seen fights where [a fighter's eye] had more damage and [the fight] continued. I would have liked [for the fight to have continued]. But, I always said that we were going to give joy to the Puerto Rican people and that Margarito was going to be in the best shape of his career and his eye was in perfect condition," Diaz said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by gibo on 12-18-2011

Margarito could have continued!!! Continued to get his ass beat!!!!! LOL

Comment by gibo on 12-18-2011

Cotto beat that cheaters ass! done deal, margarito since getting caught couldn't whip his grandmother! The Bean Beetle got EXPOSED

Comment by AllEyesOpen on 12-17-2011

I honestly believe that even If Marg's eye was hanging from the socket, he could have continued. Cotto did his job and could have survived the championship rounds, but i do think Marg was coming on strong his last round…

Comment by Einstien on 12-17-2011

I dont care what anyone says, Im glad the fight finished in that manner. Its the best way for Cheato to feel the worse. If he would have lost by KO or Decision, the latter more likely, Cheato could have…

Comment by Aracibo04 on 12-05-2011

[QUOTE=twosweethooks;11520205]Pedro Diaz is a good trainer !! He prepared Cotto perfectly !! I am happy for Cotto, I am so glad he shucked his uncle and STEWARD !! Steward makes me sick to hear him, he talks one way in…

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