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Cotto vs Margarito II Update: Miguel Pushing for Catchweight, Second Weigh-In

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Is Miguel Cotto playing hardball, or trying to back out of a fight with Antonio Margarito? (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
Is Miguel Cotto playing hardball, or trying to back out of a fight with Antonio Margarito? (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The agreed-to rematch between Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito on December 3 hasn't found a network home yet, and that's because the fight is looking far from done, and there's decent reason to speculate now that the fight simply won't happen at all.

Steve Kim of MaxBoxing.com noted today on Twitter that Cotto is pushing hard for a catchweight, and also for a second weigh-in on the morning of the fight.

Still no resolution to Marg-Cotto catch-weight, in addition to 150 pds, Cotto also wants a cap of 160-pds the morning after weigh-in #boxingless than a minute ago via UberSocial for BlackBerry Favorite Retweet Reply


To be completely honest, and I say this as a huge fan of Miguel Cotto and not the world's biggest Margarito supporter, I have to wonder how this could possibly be framed as anything other than Cotto not really wanting this rematch.

A catchweight possibility, at Cotto's request, was noted earlier in August. Promoter Bob Arum later denied the catchweight rumors, but now it appears it's a serious issue that could go so far as preventing the fight from actually coming off. The press tour was supposed to begin on September 19 in Puerto Rico, and that's less than a month away. Plus, the fight is only about three months away, and they have no network backing them. Both HBO and Showtime figured to be interested in doing the pay-per-view.

But let's expand on what I said a moment ago. I can't see how this could be viewed as anything but cold feet from Cotto, who was broken down and beaten up by Margarito in 2008. And it's not like he's asking for guaranteed extra attention to be paid to Margarito's hand-wrapping process -- it's weight. Cotto, who holds the WBA "super" junior middleweight belt, has fought both Yuri Foreman and Ricardo Mayorga with full 154-pound limits. So why not Margarito, who is a bigger money fight than either of them? Why would he want to drain Margarito, who hasn't fought since November 2010 and coming off of eye surgery is seen as damaged goods? What's the story there?

I can imagine Margarito taking a 150-pound catchweight (he did against Pacquiao), but not the 160-pound limit the next morning. Margarito was 165 pounds on the unofficial HBO scale last November on the night of his fight with Pacquiao.

If this holds, I can't find a way to say that I think Miguel Cotto really wants this fight. That's my opinion. We'll see if Arum denies the catchweight again, or if anyone else does. Right now, though, this fight going ahead isn't looking like a sure bet by any stretch of the imagination.