TELOK BLANGAH RISE – Singapore ain’t a bad place to be to miss a weekend of great fights. In between getting my steamed dimsum fix at the local hawker and watching Optimus Prime take apart Megatron in glorious 3D at Universal Studios, Miguel Angel Cotto exacted sweet revenge over long time arch-nemesis Antonio “El Tornado de Tijuana” Margarito. It was a thorough victory for Cotto, who outboxed and outlanded a less than durable Margarito en-route to a doctor’s stoppage in the 10th round. The fight went just as I predicted, if it wasn’t Robert Garcia throwing in the towel, I knew someone else would have stepped up to the plate. All night long, Miguel Cotto targetted that questionable eye like a laser beam and dealt damage with no remorse.
“He (Margarito) means nothing to me” Cotto would later state in the post fight.
I cringed at every shot Margarito took on that eye, and Cotto was throwing with bad intentions. The anger was apparent and it showed in every emotionally charged power shot from the Boricua Bomber. That should be the final nail in the coffin for Margarito. At this point, he’s far more over the hill than would be Erik Morales. The only right thing to do would be to hang up the gloves for good. Maybe Margarito should make good on Robert Garcia’s advice and take that hard earned money from his last two fights and put it to good use. Invest it in a business and set himself up for life financially – it’s the best advice Garcia has given his fighter by far.
What’s next for Miguel Cotto? Well a fight with Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. looks to be on the horizon and there’s even rumors circulating he could be Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s dance partner in May. The Junior fight is totally winnable and I would have to believe he would be favored to win that scrap. However, this watered down version of the Miguel Cotto of old will not be competitive against Floyd Mayweather at this point in his career. It would still be a great fight regardless of the mismatch and could break all sorts of records if held at the Garden in NYC. It could also be Cotto’s swan song before finally setting off into the sunset. A multi-million dollar payday and a valiant effort against Money May in front of thousands of screaming Puerto Ricans, that would be a perfect way to end a great career.
As for Margarito, well the time has come to call it a day. There are no significant fights left on the radar for a man who was once known as the “most feared one”, neither are there any career reviving let alone winnable fights left to be fought. The only thing in store for Margarito should he continue to soldier on would be savage beatings at the hands of young insurgent stars like Canelo Alvarez – and the huge possibility of one day ending up permanently blind in one eye. The ‘Tornado from Tijuana’ would be reduced to a mere stepping stone for those in search for a big name fall guy. Alas, the days of plaster filled wraps are gone. To tell you honestly, Margarito was lucky to have fought two high profile fights against Pacquiao and Cotto post Plastergate. After committing the most heinous Boxing crime imaginable, he should not have been allowed to fight a single round more.
For those of you diehard fans out there who think the Mexican still has a shot at reviving his career just listen up. Margarito got wrecked by Mosley, Pacquiao and Cotto in his last three major fights. It’s over folks, stick a fork in him ’cause he’s done.
Among other things over the weekend, Anselmo “Chemito” Moreno totally outclassed another faded fighter in Vic “The Raging Bull” Darchinyan. Darchinyan hasn’t really been doing too well himself and looks to be on the tail end of an entertaining career. Darchinyan is one of my favorite trash talkers of all-time. I’ll never forget how he told everyone at the post-presser of his fight against Donaire that he was “never hurt” in the fight, even after being shown slow motion replays of how he did the chicken dance from post to post as he stumbled to get to his feet.
And in other news, Abner Mares did what he had to do against Joseph “King Kong” Agbeko in the rematch, and that’s to erase any and all doubt as to who won in the first go around. This time, there were no controversial low blows to stain the outcome. Mares boxed beautifully from the outside and kept Agbeko at a distance, rendering him completely and utterly ineffective for the entire duration.
Indeed what an amazing weekend it was for the sweet science. Revenge is a dish best served cold and for Miguel Cotto, no victory tasted sweeter.
Editor’s Note: The fight scene in Singapore is virtually non-existent, maybe the next time I visit FightCardBoxing can help change that for the better.
The more time I spend wandering the streets of Singapore aimlessly, the less confusing the SMRT transport system gets. I used to get lost on these buses, now not so much. It’s all about reading the maps carefully and connecting the routes.
This marks my first visit to Singapore without eating any form whatsoever of Hainanese Chicken Rice. I’ve been in and out of the country for the past 6 years. It’s my home away from home.