In the end, the eye didn’t have it.
Miguel Cotto pounded Antonio Margarito, closing his troublesome right eye so severely that ringside doctors advised referee Steve Smoger to end the fight three seconds into the 10th round, thrilling an electrified, pro-Cotto sellout crowd of 21,239 at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.
The victory was scored a 10th-round TKO for Cotto, who retained his WBA super welterweight championship, but more importantly he gained a measure of revenge for a savage beating that Margarito inflicted on him in 2008. Cotto believed Margarito had used loaded hand wraps for the fight, busting up his nose, eyes and lips and leaving him grotesquely swollen for several days.
This time it was Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs), whose face was left battered and bruised, his right eye barely a slit.
Dr. Anthony Curreri made the decision to stop the bout. He told the cornermen that the right eye was shut tight and Margarito couldn’t see out of it.