Decem­ber 03, 2011

The bad blood between junior mid­dleweight titlist Miguel Cot­to and Anto­nio Mar­gar­i­to head­ing into their grudge rematch is so fierce, so real and so pal­pa­ble that Top Rank pro­mot­er Bob Arum did some­thing almost unheard of at Wednesday’s final news con­fer­ence. He refused the time-hon­ored tra­di­tion of hav­ing the fight­ers pose face to face for the legion of pho­tog­ra­phers seek­ing the mon­ey image that would be splashed across their pub­li­ca­tions to pub­li­cize the fight. Junior mid­dleweights: Miguel Cot­to (36−2, 29 KOs) vs. Anto­nio Mar­gar­i­to (38−7, 27 KOs), 12 rounds,  With the intense bad feel­ings the fight­ers hold toward each oth­er, Arum and his staff fig­ured, why risk a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion? So Arum stood between them instead.