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Margarito and Cotto give boxing fans one to remember

Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto gave fight fans what they wanted -- a riveting slugfest with a dramatic ending, writes Dan Rafael.

Originally Published: July 27, 2008
By Dan Rafael | ESPN.com

LAS VEGAS -- Well, it lived up to its billing, didn't it? Boxing fans, with sky-high expectations for the fight between Antonio Margarito and Miguel Cotto, appropriately named "The Battle" by promoter Top Rank, got exactly what they asked for: A riveting slugfest with a dramatic ending that left the throbbing crowd of 10,477 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in ecstasy.

And when it was over, it was Margarito, the underdog, who was the new welterweight champion after knocking Cotto down twice ...

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