Margarito did have the chance to become great
By Marquise Bullock: Tijuana’s “Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6 27KOs) really messed up a good almost great career. He had the chance to become one of Mexico’s greats. He almost had it all. Great chin, good power, amazing pressure, smarts, and a great heart. Those are qualities that fight fans appreciate. Sad to say, but the old era is done. A lot of fight fans call good footwork running, and they would rather see a toe to toe battle than a “boring” chess match. And Antonio Margarito was one of those few fighters that provided that.
When you think of great fights, like I don’t know maybe Robinson-Lamotta, Hagler-Hearns, Ali-Frazier, you know just to name a few, Margarito could’ve fought a opponent at the magnitude to be mentioned with those great fights, all based on his fearless fighting style. No one can really save Margarito but him self, and I hope he feels he has a lot to prove. The fight with P4P king Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao could’ve been great if Margarito name wasn’t so tarnished, but we’ll have to wait and see because it still can be a great fight if it isn’t a blow out, but a classic 80s war! Margarito has defeated some pretty good marquee names like Sergio Martinez, Kermit Cintron twice , Joshua Clottey , and Miguel Cotto just to name a few. Also he gave Paul Williams all he could handle, if Margarito would’ve stepped on the gas earlier he could’ve possibly won a unanimous decision. And he had the heart to fight the hard hitting “Sugar” Shane
It was July 26, 2008. The MGM Grand was a packed house. I was one of the many sports writers in attendance, and the electricity was phenomenal. Cotto was putting on a clinic, but Margarito’s chin was absorbing almost all of Cotto’s shots. The pressure was unreal, I really couldn’t believe what I was seeing (as I was rooting for Cotto), Margarito starting dogging Cotto around the 8th round like it was target practice. Now being there in person, seeing those punches bang Cotto’s face was horrific. Cotto could take a punch but what I was seeing seemed slightly farfetched. Margarito didn’t even hit Cotto that much, but those punches were very uncomforting to Cotto. Who knew in that whole arena that Margarito could’ve possibly been cheating. There’s no evidence to say he was cheating but you can go of strong belief and obvious reasoning.
January 29, 2009. Margarito was caught with the plaster of Paris to be equipped in his gloves. A substance of which heat, and sweat could make it as hard as cement. Luckily he was caught because Mosley could have got seriously injured. This is what ruined a great career and puts an aster rick next to some of his wins. He could’ve became a big name as of now, instead of working to get his reputation back. This November 13th fight could’ve been bigger than what it’s sounding like and hopefully it is. Margarito is a special fighter, let’s see if he can put the pride of his nation back on his back and fight for the sake of the fans and an ever lasting legacy.
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