Posted November 23, 2011 by DJ Enuff in Sports

Cotto vs. Margarito II bout set for Dec 3 MSG!

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Cotto vs. Margarito II junior middleweight bout is officially set for Dec 3 at MSG! (Miguel) Cotto is the reigning champion, and (Antonio) Margarito, the challenger, was officially granted a boxing license from the New York State Athletic Commission on Tuesday. Margarito suffered a badly broken orbital bone in his face and developed a cataract in his right eye at the hands of Pac-Man (Manny Pacquiao) last November. This past spring, Margarito even had cataract surgery, and had an artificial lens placed in his eye. The commission originally denied Margarito in early November, but they allowed him a hearing last Wednesday to prove his case. This is one of the most highly anticipated rematches of our time. Check out the story, quotes, and videos below…

Margarito  (38-7, 27 KOs) and Cotto (36-2, 29 KOs) first met in 2008 (video below) in what turned out to be a tremendous action fight. Margarito came on strong in the later rounds and stopped Cotto in the 11th round of a bloody battle, taking his welterweight belt at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Because Margarito was caught trying to fight Mosley with loaded hand wraps in his next fight, and had administered significant facial damage to Cotto in the later rounds, many suspected he had gotten away with wearing illegal hand wraps, making the Dec. 3 fight a much-anticipated grudge rematch. – espn

“There is a fight. This gotta be a chapter in my book,” Top Rank promoter Bob Arum exclaimed after watching the commission hearing on a live webcast. The commission had reservations about licensing Margarito because of a serious eye injury he suffered in a lopsided decision loss to Manny Pacquiao last November. Margarito suffered a badly broken orbital bone in his face and developed a cataract in his right eye.

“We went through a lot and Antonio saw every doctor he was asked to see and all of them gave us the same news — that everything was great and that there was no reason for him not to be approved,” Sergio Diaz, Margarito’s co-manager, said. “When we told Antonio he was licensed, he was screaming and he was happy. Now he is saying he has to take care of business come Dec. 3.” – espn

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