Cotto vs. Margarito 2: Cotto Will KO Margarito, Force Retirement

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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The Cotto vs. Margarito rematch Saturday evening may be one of the most anticipated bouts in boxing right now.

Other than Pacquiao vs. Mayweather, this may be the most exciting match the boxing world can get.

Cotto (36-2, 29 KO's) and Margarito (38-7, 27 KO's) have faced off in the ring once before.

It's that previous fight that's causing such anticipation leading into this battle.

In 2008, Margarito won the WBA welterweight title in an 11th round TKO victory over Cotto.  It's a match that has been discussed much in recent weeks.

Cotto and much of the public strongly believe that Margarito may have cheated in the first meeting between the two.

Prior to his following fight with Shane Mosely, Margarito was caught attempting to use illegal hand wraps.  Cotto believes Margarito used illegal wraps in their bout too.

It has resulted in a back and forth war of words between the two recently.  Cotto has marked Margarito as a "criminal," and Margarito has retaliated by calling Cotto a "little girl."

On Saturday, they can shut up and settle this in the ring.  It's a fight that should be pretty one-sided.

Since beating Cotto, Margarito has really started a downward spiral.  He is 1-2 in his last three bouts, including a crushing loss to Manny Pacquiao.

Pac-Man beat Margarito back in November of last year.  Margarito has since been sidelined after having surgery on his damaged right eye.

And you can bet the house that Cotto is going to target that eye.

Things are not looking up for Margarito.  Cotto is angry and ready to take advantage of every situation in his favor.

By targeting that eye, he won't only have the ability to win by knockout, but also end Margarito's career.

At 33 years old, and with things not looking good, a knockout blow may be all it takes for Margarito to hang up the gloves for good.