Miguel Cotto vs.
Antonio Margarito: Odds and preview of the fight
will bring the boxing fans another exciting match, the Miguel
Angel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito fight for the WBA
Welterweight Championship. The fight is scheduled to being at
11:00pm EST on July 26th from MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las
Vegas, Nevada. Before we take a look at the two boxers, let's
see what are the current odds offered on the fight. At the
BodogSports reigning WBA
Welterweight champion Cotto is the ultimate favorite and will
come out on the ring with odds -265 to win the fight. Meanwhile
Margarito is big underdog with odds +205 on winning this
Saturday. The total rounds of the Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio
Margarito fight are favored to go over 9.5 rounds with odds -200
and if a winner is declared before the 9.5 rounds, the bookmaker
will pay out on odds +160.
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The fact that Miguel Cotto,
32-32-0-0, is listed as the favorite boxer to win the fight
could hardly be a surprise for any boxing aficionado. Cotto, who
moved from the WBO in 2006, has reigned the WBA Welterweight
Title since December 2nd of 2006, when Cotto challenged and
defeated Carlos Quintana by TKO in the fifth round. In March of
2007 Miguel Cotto was challenged by Oktay Urkal, but Urkal's
corner threw in the tower in the 11th round. The Puerto Rican
was challenged again in June of 2007 by Zab Judah, a fight Cotto
won, but not without a controversy. He defended the title by TKO
in the 11th round, but Zab Judah argued that two low blows
(points deducted) landed by Cotto were intentional and led to
the TKO in the 11th. Judah also claimed the referee was biased.
Miguel Cotto also won his December 2007 fight against Shane
Mosley and on April 12th 2008 successfully defended his WBA
Welterweight title against Alfonso Gomez, when in the fifth
round the doctor indicated to the referee that Gomez was not
able to continue the bout. With this kind of pedigree in the WBA,
it's no wonder Miguel Cotto is the odds favorite to win the
fight on Saturday.
But on the 26th Cotto will face Mexican
boxer Antonio Margarito, 42-36-5-1, who will be a though
bite to swallow. A former WBO Welterweight champion, Margarito
will make his WBA debut against Cotto, although he is no
stranger to WBA fighters. Antonio Margarito decided to challenge
Cotto after a successful defense of his IBF title on April 12th
2008 in New Jersey against Kermit Cintron, knocking him out in
the sixth round. But instead of fighting with Joshua Clottey
(whom he has beaten before), Margarito decided to vacate the IBF
and face Cotto instead. Antonio Margarito won the WBO
Welterweight in 2002 and defended it three times, then defended
his 2005 title four times. Add to this the fact that in 2006
Margarito set a Compubox all-time record of 1675 total punches
thrown in a twelve round bout (against Joshua Clottey) and you
have yourself a great fight for the weekend. "I am going to
prepare for everything," Cotto said about his upcoming fight
Remember - the Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio
Margarito fight will be on HBO Pay-Per-View. The Cotto vs.
Margarito pay-per-view telecast, beginning at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m.
PT, has a suggested retail price of $49.95.