Antonio Margarito eyeing 2016 comeback, says Canelo can knock out Cotto
Milan Ordoņez on Aug 20, 2015 02:39 PM
Photo credit: Antonio Margarito Facebook page
Former world welterweight champion Antonio Margarito is looking to make a return in 2016.
“The Tijuana Tornado” last saw action in December 2011, where he lost in his rematch against current world middleweight champion Miguel Cotto via tenth round TKO. Prior to that fight was his 12-round beating in the hands of Manny Pacquiao in 2010, which left him with a broken orbital bone and out of action for more than a year.
According to a report by Boxingscene.com (via ESPN Deportes), the 37-year old Margarito will be reconnecting with old trainer Robert Garcia, and is eyeing to take on the winner of the upcoming middleweight super fight between Miguel Cotto and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, which will take place in November.
"Yes, of course I would like to go against one of them, but I know that I have to that I can compete at that level. I am not worried about doing that, because I know that I am going to give good fights. I just need the opportunity to prove it.”
Margarito, apparently, has a history with both men. He fought Cotto bearing the reputation of a cheat, after he was caught with plaster hidden in his hand wraps in 2009, which eventually led to his suspension. He also engaged in a beef with Canelo, after saying that the latter was “not capable” of beating Floyd Mayweather.
But after all is said and done, Margarito now actually is rooting for Alvarez to score a late stoppage against Cotto.
"Some time ago I think the team of Canelo was angry because I said I thought that he would not be able to beat Floyd Mayweather, but now I think he has everything to gain,” he continued. “I even think he can knock [Cotto] out in about 0 rounds or win on points, but he will win.”
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