Cotto vs. Margarito 2: 3 Keys to a Cotto Victory in Rematch

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIDecember 3, 2011

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 02:  Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico, Top Rank CEO Bob Arum and Antonio Margarito of Mexico pose for the media during their weigh in at The Theater at Madison Square Garden on December 2, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Tonight's bout between Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) and Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) may be the second-best thing for the boxing world right now.

The fight itself may not be the most exciting, but the storyline may trail only Pacquiao and Mayweather in terms of audience appeal.

This is the second time Cotto and Margarito will meet in the ring. The first time, Margarito handed Cotto the first loss of his career in what would later become a controversial fight.

There are many who believe, along with Cotto, that Margarito used illegal hand wraps in the fight giving him an unfair advantage.

The dispute has caused a lot of smack talk in the previous week while anticipation mounted for the battle.

Cotto hopes to come out on top this time. Here are three keys to him walking away with a victory.


Stay off the Ropes

This ended up being the turning point in the first fight between the two.

After dominating the early rounds, it appeared that Cotto started to get tired. After working the ring so well early on, he started leaning on the ropes and taking a beating later on.

Margarito may have Cotto beat in terms of pure power, but Cotto is the superior boxer. His movement and technique gives him the edge.

He has to stay in the middle of the ring and keep Margarito boxing.

He will take every round if it comes down to boxing ability.


Target Margarito's Right Eye

Margarito has been out of the ring since November of last year after taking a beating from Manny Pacquiao.

The reason is because of the damage Pac-Man caused to Margarito's right eye. 

Although it is fully healed after being surgically repaired, you can bet that it's the primary weakness that Cotto needs to focus on.

If he can continually land combinations on the right eye, the swelling could be enough for a late-round TKO.


Stay Patient

Cotto is pissed off. He can't let his emotions get the best of him.

Patience is going to be the key for Cotto to come out on top. He is the better boxer of the two.

He needs to stay on the top of his game and out-box Margarito. As long as he stays patient he will win this fight by decision.

Better yet, the overall damage to Margarito's eye could allow for a TKO.