Mexico vs. Puerto Rico burns hot
Ultimately, the bad blood is born of healthy competition and grudging respect
"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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MEXICO-PUERTO RICO RIVALRY
Thousands of fighters. Dozens of champions. Two boxing-mad nations. One smoldering rivalry that trumps them all.