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Mexico vs. Puerto Rico burns hot

Ultimately, the bad blood is born of healthy competition and grudging respect

Originally Published: June 12, 2013
By Jorge L. Perez | Special to ESPNDeportes.com

"Standing or dead, but never on my knees," said Wilfredo Gomez before taking on Salvador Sanchez in their famous 1981 duel -- at the end of which the Puerto Rican star was left in precisely the position he sought to avoid, kneeling and bleeding in the ring after a convincing knockout.

"Cotto hits like a little girl," said Mexico's Antonio Margarito, his face bloodied and disfigured by blows from his Puerto Rican rival, immediately after falling by TKO in 2011 to Miguel ...

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