Puerto Rico vs. Mexico is a rivalry that boxers have embodied for more than a century now, with Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO) vs. Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO) being the latest incarnation of the devastating war.
Cotto and Margarito originally fought July 26, 2008 in a battle that would leave both fighters brutalized and never the same again.
The Puerto Rican would go on to win another welterweight (147 lbs.) title to replace the one he lost, but would lose that one by knockout the following year to Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KO).
Margarito would defend the belt he won from Cotto by knockout against Shane Mosley (46-7-1, 39 KO), only to get knocked out himself in Round 9.
Cotto has since moved up to win a world title at the light middleweight (154 lbs.) division while Margarito has been brutalized on the road to recovery and redemption.
When the two meet again, a lot of controversial aspects of their initial fight will be put to rest. The history books will rest easily closed when these two warriors set foot in the ring in Madison Square Garden on December 3.
Here are 10 reasons to watch this fight.