In an update to an earlier discussed and still-developing story, Ryan Burton of BoxingScene.com spoke with trainer Robert Garcia, who says that his fighter Antonio Margarito will not face Miguel Cotto with a 150-pound catchweight:
"My understanding is that there is a contract already in place for the fight to take place at 154. They are just playing games. ... They think this is the only option for Tony but Tony can't make 150. If they want to keep insisting on 150 then maybe there is no fight."
Garcia does say that a potential 152-pound catchweight could be a different story, but also doesn't mention anything about Cotto's reported insistence on a 160-pound cap for a next-day weigh-in.
Margarito (38-7, 27 KO) hasn't fought since a November 2010 beating at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, a fight that did have a 150-pound catchweight. Margarito rehydrated to 165 pounds on the HBO unofficial scales the next fight for the fight after weighing in at an even 150. He's now a year older and has had a true layoff, undergoing eye surgery earlier this year to deal with injuries suffered in the Pacquiao fight.
Cotto (36-2, 29 KO) is, in the minds of some of our readers, just trying to pull all the strings he can. He may well agree to a 152-pound catchweight; that might be enough. But it's hard for me to see this without at least strongly considering the idea that Cotto is trying to find a way out of the fight, and I respect Miguel Cotto and have been a fan of his for years. If he's just angling for any advantages he can, then that's what it is, and that's a sadly growing "part of boxing" right now. I've never minded catchweights in the past, but I think we're getting to a point where it's becoming overkill, and it's no longer being used to make the best fights, but too often to make good fights worse. Garcia says Margarito can't make 150, and considering Margarito is a 33-year-old man who was a huge welterweight, I'm inclined to believe him. If it winds up canceling a fight that people do want to see, then Cotto's image will take a hit. That's unavoidable.