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Belt and bragging rights on the line when Cotto meets Margarito

When a Puerto Rican and a Mexican meet in the ring, losing isn't an option. William Dettloff breaks down the intense Puerto Rico-Mexico rivalry.

Originally Published: July 24, 2008
By William Dettloff | Special to ESPN.com

After stopping Wilfredo Gomez in eight rounds in Las Vegas in August 1981, Salvador Sanchez, not a sadistic sort by nature, told the assembled media that he was pleased enough with the victory but disappointed that the fight didn't go the scheduled distance.

When asked why, he replied, "Because I wanted to punish him, to beat him for 15 rounds."

Certainly some of this had to do with the arrogance Gomez had displayed going into their featherweight clash and with the oddsmakers' ...

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