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La Fonda Boricua restaurant braces for emotionally charged fight

When Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto steps into the ring to face Antonio Margarito on Saturday, he can count on the patrons of La Fonda Boricua restaurant in Spanish Harlem to be cheering his every move.

Originally Published: July 22, 2008
By Tim Smith | Special to ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- When most boxing fans start talking about the greatest fights in the 1970s, their conversation usually turns to Ali-Frazier I at Madison Square Garden. With the anticipation of a heavyweight championship fight and a star-studded crowd in an electrified arena, the "Mecca of Boxing," the "Fight of the Century" had something for everybody.

That's not the fight Exel Marrero, a 48-year-old Puerto Rican businessman who lives in Brooklyn, flashes back to when he thinks of ...

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