It has been three agonizing years since Miguel Cotto tasted his first defeat. His cloak of invincibility disappeared as his body was battered and bloodied by the hands of Antonio Margarito. Later, his eyes flowed with blood as his father embraced and comforted him.
It wasn’t how Miguel hoped the fight would end, not after he was leading on all judges throughout the match. He fought a perfect game plan, with in and out movement, combinations and good footwork. However, a stubborn and resilient Margarito kept on coming; Antonio ate Cotto’s punches while giving some of his own. It was effective, and Cotto’s wall of Jericho started crumbling down.
Margarito came out the better man that night. However, there was a cloud of doubt about whether there was an illegal hand wrap that took place on that fight. It was not until when Margarito fought Shane Mosley that he was found putting a substance like a plaster of Paris or cement-like texture on his hands.
It was vindication for Cotto. With all his pains and struggles on his first defeat, everything seems to have slowly found its meaning.
However, what if he fought and died on the ring? Would it have ever given him justice if he was six feet under? Guilty or not guilty, there is no justification of having an unfair advantage for the sake of championships and accolades while risking your opponent’s life.
There is no license to kill, but Antonio still gets the opportunity to fight…
Three years—it’s been that long since Miguel Cotto waited to get a fight with Margarito. There was no need for him to prove anything; he fought Margarito gallantly and fairly. And yet it was a fight that he felt he had to do. There won’t be that familiar face encouraging and embracing him in times of victories and defeats, but Miguel knows his father will be there in spirit.
This is a fight he wanted, and this is the fight that would end speculations on his career.
For three years, Cotto waited for this opportunity to come, and this time he will be ready. This is a fight to the finish—a fight that could finally set him free and somehow move on.