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Saturday, October 22, 2011
Arum touts Dec. 3rd MSG card before Donaire scrap

By Michael Woods

There is mad buzz surrounding the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito rematch, which will unfold on Dec. 3rd at Madison Square Garden.

NY-area fight fans are beyond pumped this one landed in NYC, which doesn't usually get the mega-marquee scraps anymore. The two top promoters, Bob Arum and Golden Boy, are left coasters, and Las Vegas is a bit kinder to them, in terms of the costs of doing business, than New York is, and much of the talent is concentrated there.

At MSG, Arum spoke at a press conference before the Nonito Donaire-Omar Narvaez fight on Saturday night at the WaMu Theater, and he said tix for Dec. 3 are moving quickly. Less than 4,000 are remaining for the card, he said.

The promoter touted the undercard for the sequel to the 2008 scrap, which saw Margarito march down Cotto and stop him in the 11th round. The most anticipated scrap underneath the mainer is another rematch, this one pitting Jersey boy Pawel Wolak, the Roundhouse Roofer--he works a day job in construction--against Connecticut's Delvin Rodriguez. They clashed in July, fighting to a draw in a fight of the year candidate.

Will the card turn out to be, as Arum put it, "one of the best boxing show ever put on at Madison Square Garden?" Well, the man is a promoter so his bias is clear. But you should get your money's worth if you attend.