Miguel Cotto lived up to his promise.
At the final news conference, Cotto warned Antonio Margarito, "I'm going to slap you like a little girl."
I'm pretty sure Cotto hits harder than most little girls, and Margarito would probably agree. Cotto dominated for most of the match, and eventually won on a technical knockout in nine rounds.
As with all boxing matches, there are plenty of things to be learned about each fighter. As a result, I have compiled a list of four things we learned from Saturday night. Feel free to let me know what you think about the list, or the fight itself.
Say what you want about the loaded gloves controversy, but this fight was fair.
And, in the fight not surrounded by controversy, Miguel Cotto emerged victorious. He fought hard, and he took advantage of Antonio Margarito's eye issue. He went after the eye from the beginning, and it eventually led to the fight ending.
In what looked like it was going to be a long match, Cotto was constantly jabbing Margarito, before eventually wearing him out.
Even after a rough fight, where his eye swelled shut, Antonio Margarito was ready for more.
"I needed two more rounds to win the fight. I thought I threw harder punches, was doing fine," said Margarito after the fight.
Even though Miguel Cotto was fighting well, Margarito may have a point. He wasn't showing too many signs of slowing down, and there was plenty of time left to pick up some momentum. If his eye didn't betray him, maybe the fight would've continued.
If the fight continues, who knows what would've happened.
Miguel Cotto came into the night fired up, and he seemed like the more inspired boxer from the beginning.
He was upset (to say the least) over the last match against Antonio Margarito, and it showed. He was a determined fighter, and he fought with raw emotion. Still, he was able to keep his head about him and fight smart.
With that combination, Cotto was almost a shoo-in for the victory.
Obviously, Cotto is a very good fighter. However, when he fights an inspired fight, he can become pretty great.
Antonio Margarito hasn't fought in over a year, when he was beaten badly by Manny Pacquiao.
That rust showed.
While he seemed to be in decent condition, his fighting was not impressive at all. Miguel Cotto looked like a livelier, stronger and all-around better fighter. Margarito is known for his strong punches, but he wasn't able to land the punches he wanted.
Cotto outsmarted Margarito, for the rust was evident, and Cotto took advantage.