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Marotta breaks down Cotto-Margarito II, picks a winner
Rich Marotta assessed the chins, stamina, power and facial durability of Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito, among other things, before picking a winner.
NEW YORK -- Boxing commentator Rich Marotta, a respected, former long-time host of the Los Angeles-based radio show, Neutral Corner, now calls fights for Top Rank Live on Fox Sports Net.
RingTV.com asked Marotta to break down Saturday night's HBO Pay Per View-televised WBA title bout between RING No. 1-rated junior middleweight and beltholder Miguel Cotto (36-2, 29 knockouts) and ex-titleholder Antonio Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs).
Margarito knocked out Cotto in the 11th round in July of 2008, dethroning him as WBA welterweight titleholder and handing him the first loss of his career.
Marotta assessed the fighters over seven categories -- ring generalship, chin, power, stamina, trainer, facial durability and according to how the style of referee, Steve Smoger, factors into the fight.
How could he possibly be still standing at the end of 12 rounds and still throwing punches is beyond me.
And I don't think that it's necesssarily a good idea for Cotto to have changed trainers again right before this fight. This gives him about three different trainers in the last three or four years.
I don't think that that was a good idea for him to do that. I can't judge the quality of Cotto's trainer, however, because I know that he's been a good amateur trainer, but I don't know much about him as it relates to training pro fighters.
I'm pretty much a believer in the tradition that if one fighter beats another fighter and beats him up badly in the first fight, that the same result is going to come about in a rematch. I think that if you look statistically, a good 70 to 80 percent of the fighters who win the fight will win the second fight as well.
And I just think, and I understand that there was a controversy and Cotto thinks that Margarito might have had his fists loaded the first time that they fought, but I think that, again, styles to make boxing.
And I don't think that the style of Margarito is good for the style of Cotto, because it's one where he uses constant pressure. Cotto won't get a chance to relax. He certainly didn't in the first fight.
He had Margarito in his face the whole time, and I suspect that the same thing is going to happen tomorrow night. And I suspect that Margarito is going to knockout Cotto to win.
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