Cotto vs. Margarito 2: Cotto Clear Favorite in Bitter Rematch Fight

Michael MillSenior Analyst IIIDecember 2, 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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Saturday evening the world will get, perhaps, the second most anticipated boxing match in the world when Miguel Cotto (36-2) takes on Antonio Margarito (38-7).

Right now, all signs are pointing to a Cotto victory this weekend.

The two have faced off in the ring before. Margarito walked away with the win back in 2008 in what was the last fight he truly looked fit in the ring.

Since then Margarito is 1-2, most recently coming off of a beating at the hands of Manny Pacquiao.

The prior fight also had quite a bit of controversy surrounding it. It's controversy that is making this fight even more anticipated.

Cotto has a strong belief that Margarito cheated in the last fight between the two.

The accusations are that Margarito used illegal hand wraps in the bout. Margarito was caught attempting to use illegal hand wraps in his next fight which he lost to Shane Mosley.

This time, Cotto will have the upper hand, and he won't get it by cheating.

There are just too many things working in his favor for things to go any other way.

Margarito is clearly entering the final fights of his career. He is past his prime and ready to exit the ring.

As stated before, he is coming off a beating from Pac-Man. The fight was nearly a year ago. Margarito has needed the time off for his surgically repaired right eye to heal.

You can bet the house on the fact that Cotto will be targeting that eye.

This is the second fight between the two. Typically, a technician has the upper hand the second time around. Cotto is definitely the more tactical fighter.

Most importantly, Cotto is angry.

His anger, driven by the belief that Margarito cheated in the first fight, gives him a dangerous edge in the ring.

That edge may be all Cotto needs.