For world-class boxers three-and-a-half years can be a lifetime, and such has been the case for Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito. On July 26, 2008, Cotto lost his WBA welterweight title, his perfect record and several portions of his prime while Margarito gained a belt, a signature victory and hero status, especially among Mexicans and hard-core fans who relish an up-by-the-bootstraps success story.
The intervening years have seen Cotto add two belts -- he'll be defending the WBA junior middleweight title Saturday -- while the "Tijuana Tornado" not only lost two of his last three fights but also his reputation and boxing license when tainted hand wraps were discovered minutes before he fought Shane Mosley. Cotto, and many others, believe Margarito's hands were loaded during their fight, thus creating the rationale for this rematch.
Can Margarito, a 9-5 ‘dog in the rematch, beat Cotto "clean," or will "Junito" set the record straight? Their CompuBox track records offer these hints: