Cotto vs Margarito 2: The Best Quotes From a Serious War of Words

Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito have exchanged choice words in the lead-up to Saturday's rematch. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

I won't lie: I am a lover of the good trash talk, the kind that draws "oohs" and "aahs" and cuts down to the bone. As a lover of the good trash talk, I have been completely drawn in to the war of words between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito ahead of Saturday night's HBO pay-per-view rematch at Madison Square Garden.

Here are some of the best quotes from each man in the last couple of weeks, as this fight has become an event.

Miguel Cotto

"He looks and he acts like a criminal."
(24/7, Episode 1)

"Margarito is not a gentleman. He is not a man. For me, Rex, my dog, he's more person than him."
(24/7, Episode 1)

"No matter what, I'm preparing myself to beat Margarito's ass. He played with my health. I'm going to play with his."
(24/7, Episode 2)

"I don't have any respect for him. And I'm going to take advantage of his eye like he took advantage of the plaster."
(24/7, Episode 2)

"I know that when I look at him I am looking into the eyes of a liar."
(The Independent)

"You can look it up ('criminal') in the dictionary. It's someone who uses a weapon. You're an embarrassment to boxing."
(Los Angeles Times)

Antonio Margarito

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"You think I'm a cheater, but I will beat you again. That's what I believe. You heard me."
(HBO Face Off)

"I am ready to die in the ring. I have said it before, I will die in the ring."
(HBO Face Off)

"Oh that Cotto, how he cries. Always full of excuses."
(24/7, Episode 1)

"I don't know what Cotto is afraid of. I told him face to face, 'You wrap me. I'm going to beat you again.'"
(24/7, Episode 1)

"What's he scared of? Why does he cry so much? Why did he sign up for this fight? Maybe he doesn't have a big heart. I don't know."
(24/7, Episode 1)

"He feels an advantage here [in New York]. He needs that security. I don't understand that. It makes me believe, 'Does he really want this fight?'"
(Los Angeles Times)

"He can hit my eye as many times as he wants. He hits like a little girl. A super flyweight hits harder."
(Final Press Conference)

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