“Why does Margarito always wear dark sunglasses?” inquired Big Steve during our morning java at Starbucks on Western Avenue:” Does he think he is Hollywood or is there still a problem with his eye?”
A man they call Tijuana Tornado is scheduled to face his fierce rival Miguel Cotto for the second time at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 3rd, 2011. Their first encounter was an instant classic in which Margarito stopped his Puerto Rican adversary in the eleventh round. Six month later California State Athletic Commission has suspended Antonio Margarito’s boxing license for an infamous hand wrap scandal. Miguel Cotto strongly believes Margarito’s gloves were loaded when they fought in 2008. Despite taking a serious beating and sustaining an eye injury, Antonio Margarito believes that he was vindicated in a fight with Manny Pacquiao last year; he touched up pound for pound king enough for Manny to wow never to venture again into a super welterweight division. The stage is set.
“You are going to get a real action kind of fight,” said promoter, Bob Arum last month in Los Angeles:” You want it in a place where fight fans are going to be, because ain’t nobody is buying them tickets. They have to buy their own tickets. In Vegas many of the people that go don’t buy the tickets. They get tickets from the casino, but everybody who buys a ticket at Madison Square Garden is doing it because they have an interest in a fight. First day we’ve sold 65% of the tickets. So we are on our way to a sell out and it’s all fans.”
The interest is high. New York fight fans are buzzing with anticipation. What about Antonio Margarito’s eye? Would that eye be able to withstand a piston like jab fired at him repeatedly by Miguel Cotto?
“This is nothing to worry about,” said Margarito when I spoke to him last month in Los Angeles:” I will be hundred percent ready physically and mentally. I will never give up.”
“Now that he’s been medically cleared,” confirmed Antonio’s trainer, Roberto Garcia:” He is ready to go.”
Some questioned Garcia’s decision no to stop the bout with Pacquiao especially considering an injury Margarito sustained in that fight.
“Robert Garcia will do the best for Antonio Margarito,” said Margarito, 33:” But thanks, god I don’t think nothing bad is going to happen.”
According to Bob Arum approximately 500,000 Mexicans now live in metropolitan area of New York City. Will they show their support on December 3rd in mostly pro Puerto Rican venue?
“It would be nice to see Mexican fans on my side,” said Margarito (38-7,28KO):” I feel very strong. This time I will be even better prepared to be victorious.” This time Antonio Margarito set up his training camp in Mexico City. Trainer Roberto Garcia just flew there to join the camp and work with Antonio and his stable mate, Brandon Rios. Stay tuned for further developments.
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