Cotto vs. Margarito: Fierce Mexico-Puerto Rico Rivalry Leads to High Drama

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Cotto vs. Margarito: Fierce Mexico-Puerto Rico Rivalry Leads to High Drama
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Mexico. Puerto Rico. Two countries, two proud boxing traditions. The list of world boxing champions reads like a who's who of the sport: Sanchez, Chavez, Zarate and De La Hoya from the Mexican side; Trinidad, Gomez, Rosario and Benitez from the Puerto Rican side.

When a Mexican fighter steps into the ring against a Puerto Rican fighter, the stakes are always elevated, the stage set for something dramatic. Personal pride gives way to national pride. Fan interest intensifies. Often as not, something resembling magic ensues.

On the night of the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II, a long-awaited, eagerly-anticipated rematch of a sensational, brutal war fought in 2008, it seems appropriate to examine a handful of the most significant fights featuring a Mexican fighter against a Puerto Rican fighter.

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