Cotto, Margarito still fighting old battles

By Rachel Cohen

Associated Press

Published: Friday, Dec. 2 2011 12:00 a.m. MST

Boxer Miguel Cotto, left, of Puerto Rico, gestures during a news conference as he looks towards boxer Antonio Margarito, of Mexico, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Cotto will defend his WBA Super World junior middleweight title against Margarito on Saturday, Dec. 3, in New York.

Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

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NEW YORK — Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito have sold out Madison Square Garden, proving there's plenty of interest in what happens in their rematch Saturday.

Even if it often sounds as though they're still fighting their bout from more than three years ago.

The two boxers spent more time talking about the past than the present in the buildup to their fight for Cotto's WBA super welterweight title. Margarito beat Cotto in July 2008, but what happened six months later forever changed discussions about that bout.

Margarito was found to have illegal hand wraps before a loss to Shane Mosley and didn't box again for more than a year. Cotto says he has photos proving that Margarito also used illegal hand wraps in their fight, which Margarito denies.

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