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Margarito Not Pleased With Win, Still Eager For Miguel Cotto

By Miguel Rivera

This past Saturday night, Antonio Margarito won, but he wasn't pleased with the victory.

The Tijuana-based fighter said he should meditate to figure out what his next step in boxing will be.

Margarito, a former welterweight world champion, admitted that he inexplicably got tired from the third round of the fight with Carson Jones and he was hit with punches that he shouldn't have allowed.

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However, he still feels that victory was deserved, having done enough to gain the advantage before the ring doctor stopped the fight at the end of the seventh round.

Margarito, 39, dismissed any negative statements, revealed that his training camp was not the greatest.

But he still wants a year-end trilogy showdown with WBO junior middleweight champion Miguel Cotto.

"First, I want to clarify something, I think a lot of people did not notice this.... a lot of people thought that my corner had stopped the fight, but it was the doctor, he told me that it was dangerous to keep fighting because the cut was going to open up more in the fight. A lot of people did not know, even my relatives thought I did not want to continue," Margarito told ESPN Deportes.

"But I never really thought I was down on the cards. I think I won the first three rounds well and then I do not know what happened to me.. if the height hit me, I really did not feel the way I expected to feel. I got tired in the third or fourth rounds, I was pulling air through my mouth. Obviously Carson Jones has experience and everything, but I was the one who did not feel the way I wanted to, but we still won and that's what I'm left with."

"I do not know what to do [next], I need to talk to my family, I have to see what Zanfer says, see what they think, talk to my ex-managers (Francisco Espinoza and Sergio Díaz), to see what they think. When they told me about the fight in Chihuahua... I thought of [training at] Big Bear or the Otomi Ceremonial Center but it was already [getting close to the fight] and we did not have time to get a good camp. But I trained well, boxed and trained well in the gym. And although I won, I really did not like it."

"I think if [the Cotto fight comes] I'll get excited I'll be ready. When you fight with a fighter of that stature you leave everything aside and you do what is necessary to win. People want to see a third fight because they really want to see what will happen. The pace of the fight [with Jones] affected me, but also Cotto is not the same as he was before. Regardless of that, if he wants it we are willing."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by JK1700 on 09-08-2017

Time for this cheating bum to retire.

Comment by robbyheartbaby on 09-08-2017

Margaritos comeback has been a disaster, he has taken on 3 C level fighters and looked average in getting close majority or split decisions in his favour. At 39 he is done, if he is smart he will continue to…

Comment by AnimalisticMeth on 09-08-2017

[QUOTE=MrMORENO;18024064]If Margarito wants the Fight Why Not? Let's See Margarito throwin Bombs @ Cotto instead of Kamegai[/QUOTE] Problem is Kamegai can take those shots. At this point in time Margarito cant and he proved in the second fight he doesnt…

Comment by Unsuspected on 09-07-2017

The only one this mexican mutt should be facing again is Carson Jones in the United States, after the cowardly garbage he pulled with the disgraceful assistance of his hometown referee. I watched that fight when it was telecast live…

Comment by mexicanstyle on 09-07-2017

Boricuas make for quite talented trasvestites theyre known for their ruthless 2nd 2 none catch n lick kakino style the flies follow them like dogs jaja and yes margo got cotto on all fours

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