It was a fight that needed to happen to put to rest the controversy that surrounded Miguel Cotto and Antonio Margarito's first meeting. At Madison Square Garden in New York City, Miguel Cotto, in front of thousands of Puerto Rican fans, avenged the brutal loss he suffered three years earlier. For 9 rounds, Cotto landed numerous shots to the Mexican fighter's face, causing swelling over Margarito's eye. The referee was forced to stop the fight at the ringside doctor's recommendation that Margarito was unable to continue. Cotto retained the WBA super light middleweight belt and his 37th win of his career. His sole unavenged loss is to Manny Pacquiao. Margarito drops his second straight fight and his first and only bout of the year. Entering the fight at MSG there were questions concerning Margarito's eye and if the commission would clear him for the fight. He was licensed but the fight proved that Margarito has lost a step in his career.