NEW YORK — Recent hall-of-fame inductee Julio Cesar Chavez Sr. favors his Mexican countryman, Antonio Margarito, to dethrone WBA 154-pound beltholder Miguel Cotto in Saturday night’s HBO Pay Per View-televised rematch at Madison Square Garden.
Cotto (36-2, 29 knockouts) was an unbeaten WBA welterweight titleholder when Margarito (38-7, 27 KOs) vanquished him by 11th-round knockout in July of 2008.
“I really like Margarito to win. I think that Cotto is better in boxing technique, but the Mexican is stronger, and more brave and has more heart,” Chavez Sr. told RingTV.com. “I think that if he works the body, that’s his biggest chance. The longer the fight goes, the better Margarito’s chances.”
Chavez Sr. also commented on the recent performance of his son, WBC middleweight beltholder Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (44-0-1, 31 KOs), who will be at ringside for Cotto-Margarito II with an eye toward facing the winner.
Chavez Jr. is coming off a fifth-round knockout of Peter Manfredo Jr. on Nov. 19.
“He’s gotten better and better,” said Chavez Jr. “That fight was the start of what I makes his career look very, very promsiing.”
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