Margarito vs. Cotto: Miguel Cotto's Bitterness Gives Him Edge in Rematch Fight

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIINovember 25, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20:  Professional boxers Miguel Cotto (L) and Antonio Margarito pose for the media after a press conference at the Edison Ballroom on September 20, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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It may not be Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr., but the rematch between Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KO's) and Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KO's) is one of the best fights the boxing world has to offer.

The three-division World Champion Cotto takes on Margarito on December 3rd at Madison Square Garden in New York.

The match will be the second between the two fighters, but different results are expected this time around.

The first time the two faced one another three years ago, Margarito walked away with an 11th round TKO victory, handing Cotto one of his two career losses.

With the fight came much controversy. There are many who have suspected Margarito of cheating, and Cotto is amongst that group.

Cotto has made multiple accusations that he believes Margarito used illegal hand wraps in their first meeting.

Margarito has since been caught trying to use illegal hand wraps prior to his loss to Shane Mosley in 2009.

There is no clear evidence that Margarito cheated in the first fight between the two, but it doesn't seem like that matters to Cotto.

Cotto believes that he cheated. That really is the only thing that matters.

There are many who underestimate how much of boxing is a mental game. It's actually that mental aspect that could be the difference in this fight.

Cotto is angry. He is bitter. He wants this fight more.

It's that mental attitude that is going to give him the edge next Saturday night.

"He used plaster on his wraps, he used a weapon on me. He has to be treated like a criminal," Cotto said in a Boxing Scene interview.

Cotto has said numerous times that he is going to use every legal edge he can get in this fight.

Expect to see him target the right eye of Margarito, which was damaged in his last fight against Manny Pacquaio.

Margarito has gone through surgeries to repair his eye since the fight with Pac-Man over a year ago.

It's clear that Margarito isn't the same fighter that he was when the two battled three years ago. He is nearing the end of his boxing career.

In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if Cotto ended that career next week.