If any fighter can claim to be Madison Square Garden's biggest star, it is undoubtedly Miguel Cotto, who proved again on Saturday night that he can repeatedly pack the sport's most storied venue to the rafters.
Once, while sitting next to a professional prizefighter as we looked down from the bleachers at two men swapping punches in the ring below, I mentioned that at times I found it strange the way boxing compels men who do not know each other to meet for the first time, beat each other up and then go their separate ways.
Top Rank VP Carl Moretti said rumors that Miguel Cotto is on his way out, and will exit Top Rank post-haste are not true. "He said in the ring after the fight with Bob Arum next to him, 'This is my promoter.
Miguel Cotto said after his stoppage win over hated rival Antonio Margarito that he will not hold on to angry feelings against the Mexican whom he called a criminal and accused of using plastered fists when they battled in 2008.
Miguel Cotto accused Antonio Margarito of being a criminal, of using plaster in his fists during their 2008 bout, which the Mexican won by stoppage in Round 11. In a most anticipated rematch, the Puerto Rican junior middleweight titlist punished the man he thinks toyed with his life and made the ref pull the plug on Margarito after nine rounds at Madison Square Garden on Saturday.
Brandon Rios didn't make 135 Friday and had to pay John Murray $20 Gs for being over. He handed over the cash, but took it out of the Brit's hide, busting his nose in the sixth, and then finishing him off in the seventh.
At the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito II undercard press conference at BB King's in New York on Thursday, Brandon Rios had the look of a man who has been munching on broccoli for late-night snacks. The California boxer will try to raise his record to 29-0 and retain his WBA 135-pound crown against 31-1 Brit John Murray on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden.
Unlike in Las Vegas, where the MGM Grand or Mandalay Bay routinely open up their arenas to the public for free for the weigh-ins ahead of big fights, that's not the case for major New York fights. Madison Square Garden fights are typically closed affairs that are limited to commission members, the promoters, fighters, their teams and media.
NEW YORK -- Hagler-Hearns: That's what promoter Bob Arum compared the level of heat and dislike on display between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito to at the final presser before the fighters' Saturday rematch at Madison Square Garden.
NEW YORK -- Delvin Rodriguez has been a "Friday Night Fights" staple for the past few years. And that's no small potatoes, nothing to scoff at. That means a boxer has arrived ... to an extent. The purses you get to fight for on FNF can't compare to the those on HBO, or on pay-per-view, as Delvin Rodriguez of Danbury, Conn.
NEW YORK -- Pretty much everyone in the building on Saturday night expects Miguel Cotto to play "Pin the Glove on the Eye" on that messed-up, iffy right orb of Antonio Margarito. I know what the doctors, a whole bunch of them, say: that the eye is fit to fight, that the Mexican-born hitter isn't any more susceptible to damage in his right eye than in his left.
We all know that Antonio Margarito was caught red-handed trying to enter his January 2009 welterweight title fight with Shane Mosley at the Staples Center in Los Angeles wearing illegal hand wraps -- whether he knew they were loaded or not.
Your random thoughts ... • The last-minute, circus-like way that the New York State Athletic Commission handled the Antonio Margarito licensing situation, including forcing him to break camp in Mexico for an exam of his surgically repaired right eye less than two weeks before his Dec.
The saga of where the Miguel Cotto-Antonio Margarito fight will take place has now reached the level of surreal, with Cotto saying on a media teleconference Tuesday that if the fight isn't in New York, he won't fight.
Under the cover of night Sunday, Antonio Margarito flew on a Top Rank-chartered private plane from his training camp in Mexico to New York for the purpose of having his surgically repaired right eye examined Monday by a New York State Athletic Commission-appointed ophthalmologist to decide whether Margarito is medically fit to be licensed for his scheduled Dec.