As Miguel Cotto raises his hand to victory against an unheralded opposition with little resistance it was evident that there was no Bob Arum on sight. The growing feud between the promoter and his once prize fighter is clearly apparent. Before the anticipated Cotto-Margarito match, Miguel was Arum’s favorite fighter having handled Shane Mosley a defeat and was riding on an undefeated record but when Margarito handled Cotto its first ever defeat with a KO, Arum and Cotto’s seemingly good relationship went sour and Miguel was in for a long layoff.
The handwrapping incident that Margarito was involved with eases Cotto’s painful experienced. We may never know if Margarito ever used his dirty tactics against Cotto on their fight but those things leave a doubt especially when a bloodied and bruised Cotto who has a granite jaw was seen bloodied and his face in a grosteque figure. Cotto doesn’t want to take away any of Margarito’s achievement he doesn’t want to be called a sour looser but when Bob Arum defended Margarito and even staging a rematch with Cotto on Mexico since Margarito was banned for a year in US soil.
Cotto was disheartened knowing that he have been a loyal Toprank fighter for the entirety of his career. He just wanted Bob to act neutral in that situation even if Margarito insist that he has nothing to do with the wrapping. But a fighter always knew and felt if there is really something inside beyond the wraps. Rashard Holloway who was Pacquiao’s top sparring partner had a one on one sparring session with Margarito and suffered an eye injury in return. He said that it was like a brick hitting him over and over again. Miguel Cotto was vocal in saying that after his contract with Toprank he will be looking for a new promoter. Bob Arum who is trying to book Margarito in Mexico for a fight will have his credibility questioned. People loves fighter who fights with his heart but not a fighter who cheats his way to fame.
Boxing is a dangerous sport and one failure can cause death or paralyzed a fighter in return.
When two loyal sons who fought for their father’s respect and one son cheated. It is apparent to see the Father console the trusting son who lost but redeemed himself by being an honest fighter. Bob Arum is now loosing two of Toprank’s prominent fighters Cotto and Margarito. And after Cotto’s victory against Jennings, Arum has to award Cotto with the winner between Manny Pacquiao and Ricky Hatton or else he will not only lose a prize fighter but also a loyal son.