Wednesday, September 1, 2010
BEVERLY HILLS – It may not be the fight most boxing fans want to see but when asked about his thoughts on facing the Tijuana Tornado Antonio Margarito, Philippine congressman and the world’s best pound-4-pound boxer Manny Pacquiao simpered, admitting he can’t wait to step in the ring against the former welterweight champion.
"I know it’s going to be a great fight with a lot of action," said Pacquiao during a press conference announcing the fight at the Beverly Hills Hotel on August 31. "Margarito’s fight style is aggressive. He’s stronger and bigger than me and I know we’ll train hard and give a good show to the fans."
If styles make fights, the bout between Pacquiao and Margarito should live up to expectations. Both guys are forward and aggressive fighters and should give boxing fans their moneys worth, according to many of the boxing pundits in attendance.
Margarito’s trainer Robert Garcia also expects a great fight, with his man coming up on top.
"Margarito’s going to come in and surprise the world," said Garcia, who also trains Pinoy boxers Brian Viloria and Nonito Donaire. "Pacquiao is the legend but we’re going to make history."
Margarito added that he’s never been more motivated for a fight. After serving a one-year suspension and having his boxing licensed revoked and denied in California recently, Margarito is just glad the Texas State Athletic Commission granted him a license and Top Rank for giving him the opportunity to face the world’s best pound-4-pound boxer.
"I’ve been asking for this fight for a long time," said Margarito, who has not fought in the US since January 2009, when a plaster-like substance was found in his hand wraps before a fight against Shane Mosley in Los Angeles. "Everything that has happened is in the past. We’re now in the present. It’s time to show everyone that I’m still good."
Pacquiao arrived to the US on Monday to embark on a media tour in the US to promote his upcoming fight against Margarito at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium on November 13. The two of them will head to New York on Wednesday; attend the Dallas Cowboys exhibition game on Thursday, before concluding the three-city tour at Cowboys Stadium on Friday.
The fight will be at a catch weight of 151-pounds and for the World Boxing Council (WBC) Middleweight title, which became vacant when Sergio Martinez decided to move up in weight rather than defend the title.
With the move up to middleweight, Pacquiao will be going for an unprecedented eighth world title in as many divisions.
By David A. Avila
LOS ANGELES-Packed inside the historic Beverly Hills Hotel where icons past and present wine, dine and circulate, a media horde showed up to the Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito press conference on Tuesday.
The Filipino press out-numbered the Latino press.
I wonder if that’s a sign of what to expect.
Boxing fans will find out on Saturday Nov. 13 when Pacman meets Margarito at Cowboy Stadium in Dallas, Texas for the vacant WBC junior middleweight world title. Top Rank is promoting the clash.
Bob Arum, president of Top Rank, blasted the press for printing accusations and painting the upcoming bout as ridiculous because of Margarito’s suspension by California.
“There wasn’t a shred of evidence,” said Arum, a former federal attorney during the John F. Kennedy Administration.
Despite Arum’s claims that Margarito was blameless, tell that to Pacquiao, who stated that Margarito knew that there was something in his gloves.
No matter, the fight is on.
“I’m here again,” said Pacquiao who’s become accustomed to the media blitzkrieg that takes place for all of his bouts. “I believe Margarito has the ability to give a good show.”
Just don’t ask him if Margarito knew that former trainer Javier Capetillo was loading his gloves with an illegal insert.
Margarito, who coils at the mention of whether or not he knew about the insert, must be tiring profusely upon listening to the same questions over and over again. I know I’m tired of it.
“I’ve been waiting for this fight a long time,” Margarito said. “Everything that has happened is in the past. It’s time to show everyone that I’m still good.”
Also present at the swanky hotel was new Mexican hero Giovanni Segura fresh off his knockout win over Puerto Rico’s Ivan Calderon last weekend.
Segura still had slight swelling from his eight rounds with the former Pound for Pound fighter called “Iron Boy.”
“I’m an Aztec warrior like Margarito. We don’t surrender,” said Segura who now has both the WBA and WBO junior flyweight world titles. “We just fight until the end.”
Hopefully those words prove prophetic and Margarito and Pacman’s fight turns out to be one of the best fights of 2010.
After the conference ended people continued to mill around the hotel that once housed many of the late Howard Hughes’s girlfriends.
Today the hotel housed a boxing media blitz.
MANILA, Philippines – Members from the camps of Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito pleaded to the media and public to give the Mexican a chance to prove himself in the ring after serving out a one-year suspension.
Top Rank, Inc. CEO Bob Arum, who promotes both fighters, cited the Texas Athletic Commission for granting Margarito a license to fight again in the United States after the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) suspended him last year.
“Evidence determines guilt or innocence and there was not one shred of evidence that Antonio Margarito knew anything about the hand wrap,” Arum said during a press conference at the Rodeo Room of the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, California on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila).
The CSAC suspended Margarito after a plaster-like substance was found in his hand wraps ahead of his January 2009 bout against Shane Mosley.
The Margarito vs Pacquiao fight, which still lacks a marketing title, will be held on November 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington Texas.
“Probably Pacquiao-Margarito is all the title that it needs,” Arum commented.
Pacquiao’s Canadian adviser, Michael Koncz, slammed Margarito’s critics for being too hard on him.
“I wanna thank the media for coming out its always great to have your support. But on the other hand, I also wanna scold the media, the media that’s writing that we shouldn't be fighting Maragarito and so forth. I think it's absurd,” he stated.
Koncz reminded the media that the former welterweight champion has served his suspension.
“I just wish… if you're not gonna support the fight, maybe don’t write anything about it. It's gonna be a good fight. Styles makes fights,” he continued.
He also repeated what Pacquiao told him which is to move on, forget the past and concentrate on the fight.
Margarito out to surprise the world
The Mexican fighter personally appealed to the public to give him a chance.
“I’ve been asking for this fight. I’m very happy and motivated that I’m here,” he said. “Everything that happened is in the past. We’re in the present. It’s time to show everyone I’m still very good and nobody wants to miss the fight… Now is the present. Forget about the past.”
The Mexican, who goes by the nickname “Tijuana Tornado,” also thanked Pacquiao for taking the fight, and the Texas Athletic Commission for allowing him to fight again in the US.
His manager, Sergio Diaz, and trainer, Robert Garcia, also spoke about Margarito’s chances against Pacquiao.
“I can see the hunger in Antonio. He talks to me. He tells me how hungry he is,” said Diaz.
“We believe that Mexico will have a new champion and a 4-time world champion again,” he added.
Garcia stated that Margarito, whom he said was a great person and a very dedicated athlete, is out to surprise the boxing world on November 13.
“I know we’re going against Manny Pacquiao who is a great fighter, a great champion but we have a tremendous fighter in Antonio Margarito. He’s gonna come and surprise the world... Everybody is in for a surprise. Pacquiao is a legend but we’re gonna make history,” he said.
Fight of the year?
Pacquiao, the World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight king, promised that he and Margarito will have a good fight.
“I’m just a fighter doing my job and it’s gonna be a great, great fight. And this is what people want to see… a lot of action in the ring,” said the Sarangani province congressman.
“Margarito has the capability to give a good show. His fighting style is very impressive. His style is [of a] very aggressive fighter, strong and bigger than me, so we have to train hard, both of us, to give a good show.”
Pacquiao and Margarito will fight for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight belt.
Conditioning coach Alex Ariza, meantime, brushed off the predictions of Team Margarito.
“Everybody keeps saying we’re gonna have a tough fight in our hands. But we’ve always had a tough fight in our hands… Manny ultimately prevails and he’s gonna prevail in this fight as well,” he declared.
Ariza also commented how Margarito is taller and bigger than Pacquiao.
“He definitely seems to be getting bigger and bigger that’s for sure,” he said. “But that’s Manny. He always likes a challenge.”
“It's gonna be a war. Everybody knows Margarito comes to battle, Manny comes to battle. And probably, maybe the fight of the year,” Ariza stated.
By Geno McGahee
OK, the above quote is not an actual quote, but more of an implied one. If you believe that he knew nothing of the plaster in the hand wraps, then you will also buy that he would not cheat if there was an opportunity. As we get closer to this sham of a super fight, the question has to be asked: “Will Margarito be allowed to cheat again?” After all, he cannot beat Manny Pacquiao straight up. If he goes in there with his normal punches that had absolutely not effect on Shane Mosley, then they will not dent Pacquiao. I know this and Team Margarito knows this.
How crooked is this fight?
The commission in Texas approving Margarito for a boxing license says much. I would wager that each and every “yes” vote came with a new car. It’s common sense here people. If somebody puts a baseball bat in your hand and you go hit somebody over the head with it, can you say you were unaware of the bat? You are completely innocent of the charges? Margarito was given two baseball bats in the form of tampered hand wraps and who knows what else he and his trainer had done to secure victory after victory in the later stretch of his boxing career? What will they do to beat Manny Pacquiao?
Anything it takes. If there is an opportunity and if the commission can be bought, others can be paid to look away while the crime takes place. This time, it may not be plaster, because people will be looking for it, but it may be something else, but the big point is that Margarito is a proven cheater, a criminal, a detriment to the sport we all love, but he gets the shot to make a bundle of money. I think that a lot of people will have to take a shower after they pay for this fight.
I have never been a big fan of Muhammad Ali. I certainly don’t consider him the best of all time, but he was one hell of a marketing genius. Floyd Mayweather, JR., has learned a great deal from the displays of the former Heavyweight Champion. Now Ali was offered many deals to promote different products and declined, when he was broke because it was the right thing to do. Now, Manny Pacquiao is fighting a person that hurts the sport for nothing more than the green, and he is not broke.
We are in a world where the rich want to get richer, but when you are in a position of celebrity status and you market yourself as a positive influence to the young and society as a whole, watching take money out of filth is discouraging. In a world of so very few heroes, many looked up to Pacquiao for his determination and common man vibe, but now we sit back and ask why he would agree to this fight.
In the end, the fault is not with Manny Pacquiao, or Antonio Margarito, or even Bob Arum, but the disorganization and filth factor of the sport itself. We have several opportunists that are looking to turn a buck. If you have a drug dealer on the corner of your street and you call the cops to take him out of there and they walk over to him and hug him and tell him to proceed, then it is the fault of the police for allowing it. They are there to protect and serve, but what do we have to protect and serve boxing?
So what is the core of this fight? What are we being sold? Does anyone reading this believe this to be a competitive fight? I see no hands raised and I am with the mob. This is not a competitive fight. This is a man running at a tank with a flyswatter.
If it’s not a competitive fight, then why is it on PPV? Two angles that we are going to see: One, Margarito is a cheater, a man that should be banned from the sport, but because he’s not and because the idiots in Texas think that it’s OK to put a guy like him into the ring as long as it lines their pockets, he’s getting paid. Margarito is associated with loaded gloves and the “anything to win” attitude. He is the new bad boy of boxing and that is the sell here. What will he do to win this fight and he’s gotten away with cheating before…no lesson learned there people. Why not do it again? Why not load the gloves? If he beats Pacquiao, he’s going to fight Floyd and there is another 10 million or so in his bank account.
The other angle is that this is a good fight because a bad guy is going to be punished. Many people subscribe to this theory and many idiots are pushing this on message boards and in some cases, boxing articles. Is there anyone that wouldn’t get beaten down for millions of dollars? How is that punishment? Who hasn’t gotten into a fight? Picture this, you watch the biggest piece of garbage take a beating. Charles Manson … a young Manson, because now he’d probably die during the beating being so old. Well, Manson gets pounded and knocked out, and then he gets up and they hand him a check for 10 million. Are you satisfied with that punishment? Margarito is a serious criminal. He wasn’t caught for stealing cupcakes from Walmart. He was caught with deadly weapons and the intent to use them.
So, protest a fight where a criminal gets rich or rejoice that he is getting “punished” with millions of dollars. It’s up to you. We have this great opportunity to tell Bob Arum and the other snakes involved that we are not going to support something that hurts the sport.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito: a mismatch between one of the best in boxing and a known cheater, endorsed by Bob Arum and the crooked Texas Commission, and hopefully rejected by the boxing fans. Even when you throw out the plaster, you still have the mismatch and if you want to know the end result, tune into RSR now: Pacquiao by mid round stoppage. There, I saved you 60 bucks and I hope some of you that were going to rent it, will think about it after you’ve read this.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. -- Bob Arum had just finished making a passionate speech about the injustice inflicted upon Antonio Margarito, saying no one could prove he knew beforehand about the illegal knuckle pads that led to his temporary banishment from boxing.
The promoter of Manny Pacquiao cited an internet story that quoted five trainers as saying they could easily slip such a pad into a fighter’s hand wraps without him knowing about it.
Then, after the formal portion of the news conference at the posh Beverly Hills Hotel to promote the Pacquiao-Margarito fight on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium, Pacquaio, surrounded by reporters, was asked whether he believed Margarito knew.
“Of course,” he said without hesitation. “I don’t believe him. It’s on his hands, he’s the one having his hands wrapped. He doesn’t know what things they put inside? Of course he knows that. He’s just making some alibis for some reason.”
There’s no way a fighter can’t know? he was asked.
So why are you fighting him? he was then asked in so many words.
“People are worried about me fighting this guy because he’s a dirty fighter because of the hand wrapping,” Pacquiao said. “I said, ‘Give him one more chance, one chance to be straight.’ … He’s just human and he made a mistake.”
No spin. No BS. Just sincerity, which is typical of Pacquiao.
And with that he made it more difficult to criticize him for fighting Margarito, who lost his license in California after he was caught with the illegal pads in his wraps before he fought Shane Mosley in January of last year.
Margarito applied for reinstatement in California two weeks ago but was denied, after which Texas approved his application.
That decision, the opportunity Margarito has to face the No. 1 fighter in the world for a lucrative payday and all those involved in the promotion have been criticized by many members of the media. Kevin Iole of Yahoo! Sports referred to Pacquiao as, “despicable.”
Does that bother his handlers?
“A little bit, yes,” said Alex Ariza, his longtime strength and fitness coach. “These guys are fighters. It’s a business. Manny has a promoter, the best promoter in boxing. If Bob thinks this is the best fight for him, then he’ll go with what Bob says. I thought Kevin Iole was way out of line calling Manny despicable.
“… Manny isn’t going to play judge and jury. That’s why they have commissions. If someone feels the penalty was too lenient, take it up with [the commissions]. What does Manny have to do with that?”
Margarito probably could’ve taken a lesson from Pacquiao. To this day, he hasn’t acknowledged that he at least should’ve known about the pads even if he didn’t, which he continues to maintain.
“Americans love to forgive,” Ariza said. “Look at the guys on steroids in baseball. The guys who said, ‘I’m sorry. I made a mistake,’ they were forgiven and were taken back. Margarito didn’t do that. It’s an insult to everybody’s intelligence to say he didn’t know.
“He would’ve been better off to say he was sorry, he knew (about the pads), and I think the boxing world would’ve forgiven him.”
Margarito clearly is frustrated that the hand-wrap issue continues to hound him 19 months after the Mosley fight.
He was told what Pacquiao had said moments earlier, that he had to know about the pads, and his face contorted as if he had bitten into a lemon.
“That’s in the past,” he said curtly through an interpreter. “I don’t care what anyone says. Now, I’m training to fight.”
The issue won’t go away, though. Even Margarito’s handlers acknowledge it.
“We’re relieved that Tony received a license,” said Sergio Diaz, Margarito’s co-manager. “I don’t think this [hand-wraps issue] is over, though. I think it will continue to follow us for a long, long time.”
Weighty issue: Pacquiao probably could’ve demanded that his fight against Margarito take place at 147 pounds. However, he agreed to a catch weight of 151 pounds and will fight for a vacant 154-pound title, which would give Pacquiao a major belt in an eighth weight division.
Pacquiao and his handlers obviously aren’t concerned about giving the bigger man a few extra pounds.
“I think this fight will boil down to speed again,” Ariza said. “Manny won’t sit in front of him. Margarito doesn’t move well; everyone knows that. Manny said Margarito throws a punch on Tuesday and it gets there on Friday.
“If Manny sees it like that, he already knows what he’s going to do.”
Ariza said he expects Pacquiao to weigh in at 149 or 150 pounds for the fight. Pacquiao has never fought heavier than 145¾, his weight for the Joshua Clottey fight in March.
Ariza isn’t worried that Pacquiao will lose any speed.
“Earlier, when we first started this conditioning stuff, I would’ve been concerned,” he said. “Now that we’ve been through this in several fights together, though, I think his body knows how to handle the extra weight.”
No Mayweather: Pacquiao was asked several times about Floyd Mayweather Jr., the fighter many hoped he would face in his next fight.
He clearly didn’t want to go there. He served up an obligatory “I’ll fight anyone at a limit of 150 pounds” but nodded when someone asked whether he has more of less given up on fighting his rival for the top position in boxing.
Will he be OK if he never faces Mayweather? He was asked.
“More than OK,” he said.
70,000: Cowboys Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, will be configured for 70,000 fans and could expanded depending on the demand for tickets, Arum said.
That would break the indoor record for a fight, which at the moment is the 63,350 who attended the Muhammad Ali-Leon Spinks rematch at the Louisiana Superdome in 1978.
Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey had an attendance of 50,994 at Cowboys Stadium. The building, which has a retractable roof, had been configured for 42,000 but standing-room-only tickets were also sold.
Seven-division titlist and WBO welterweight (147 pounds) king Manny Pacquiao told BoxingScene.com that he doesn't believe Antonio Margarito's claims that he didn't know about the illegal, plaster-like substance that was in his gloves prior to Margarito's January 2009 ninth-round knockout loss to Shane Mosley at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Unable to fight on American soil since his license was revoked by the California State Athletic Commission following the loss to Mosley, Magarito, whose suspension officially ended on Feb. 11, had tried to file for a license in Nevada. The Nevada State Athletic Commission directed Margarito to return to the CSAC for a ruling, where, after a nearly six-hour hearing on Aug. 18, the Mexican-born fighter was turned down, yet again.
Margarito was licensed to face Pacquiao in Texas last week, however, and will do so on Nov. 13 in an HBO pay-per-view televised fight at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium for the vacant WBC junior middleweight (154 pounds) crown as Pacquiao pursues his eighth crown in as many different weight classes.
"I don't believe him [Margarito]. Of course he knows about that [illegal hand-wraps]. It's his hands, and he watches the taping," Pacquiao said of Margarito, who blamed then-trainer Javier Capetillo for the wraps, which were confiscated prior to his entering the ring against Mosley.
Pacquiao made his assertion during Tuesday's press conference in Los Angeles, part of a three-city promotional tour for the fight that will take him and Margarito to New York on Wednesday and Dallas on Friday.
"We're happy that Antonio Margarito got licensed in Texas. It takes a lot of the stress away about whether or not the fight is going to happen," said Pacquiao adviser Michael Koncz of Margarito, who, like Pacquiao, is promoted by Top Rank Promotions.
"We made an effort to get him licensed in Nevada in a time of economic need and suffering for the state of Nevada," said Koncz. "The MGM Grand people treated us very well over there. But you know, Nevada is losing all of the tourism and profits every time we fight somewhere else."
Pacquiao told BoxingScene.com that he believes Margarito denied knowledge of the impropriety because he was "looking for a way out so that his reputation won't be damaged among his fans."
Pacquiao, nevertheless, went to bat for Margarito when the fighter failed to be reinstated for a boxing license by the CSAC, lobbying the NSCAC on Margarito's behalf, along with Koncz.
Pacquiao said that Margarito "paid his dues by sacrificing and not fighting for one year," adding, "I hope that he learned his lesson and will not repeat the same mistake."
On the night of their fight, however, Pacquiao says "we can watch his hands being wrapped because our agreement is that we will have two representatives led by my coach [trainer Freddie Roach] to watch the taping."
Does Pacquiao want to punish Margarito in the ring for his actions?
"No, I can't do that. He is good fighter," said Pacquiao. "He's big and skilled and also has power. We will do what we are capable of so that we will win for our country."
Antonio Margarito said Tuesday in Beverly Hills that it's time to turn the page.
Appearing at the first of three press conferences to hype his Nov. 13 Cowboys Stadium title bout against Manny Pacquiao, the Mexican veteran was suitably low key, humble even, as he spoke to the assembled media.
"I want to thank Bob Arum for making this fight real," Margarito said.
"I have been asking for this fight for a long time.
"Everything that has happened in the past and we are now in the present.
"I want to show everyone I'm still a good fighter.
"Now is the present, let's forget about the past.
"I thank the Texas commission and the WBC for sanctioning this fight."
No big suprise to see Margarito looming large, a half head above the smaller Pacman, as they posed for photos.
Pacquiao was respectful to his opponent as he always is.
"It is going to be a great, great fight that the people will want to see. I believe Margarito has the cpabilities to give a good show. He fights impressively, aggressively and he is bigger and stronger than me.
"It's going to be a great, great fight on Nov. 13," Pacquiao said.
Some members of the Peanut Gallery also spoke.
In the absence of traveling Coach Freddie Roach, strength and conditioning guru Alex Ariza took to the microphone briefly.
"We have a tough fight on our hands...Every (opponent) is bigger and stronger but, ultimately, Manny Pacquiao prevails.
"There's nothing despicable at all (about Margarito)," Ariza said. "It's going to be a war and probably, maybe the Fight of the Year."
Margarito trainer Robert Garcia expressed confidence in his man.
"Training Margarito is a great experience, he is very dedicated," Garcia said. "We go against Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao and Manny is a great fighter, a great champion.
"But we have a tremendous fighter in Antonio Margarito and we're going to make history."
Sergio Diaz, co-manager of Margarito, was also optimistic.
"I see the hunger in Antonio. Manny is a great fighter but he's going to have fight on Nov. 13. We really feel Mexico will have a new champion on that night," Diaz said.
Pacman agent Mike Koncz said the media is wrong to blame the Pinoy Idol for accepting Margarito as an opponent.
"I want to thank the media but I also want to scold the media," Koncz said.
"I think it is absurd. He (Margarito) was suspended and he served his suspension.
"It's over. If you're not going to support the fight, then don't criticize it."
Veteran boxing promoter Bob Arum was forced to abruptly leave a planned three-city tour to promote the Nov. 13 Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight Tuesday, when he was informed his son is missing on a hiking expedition in the mountains near Seattle.
Arum said his son, John, 49, has been gone since leaving for the hike on Sunday night. Arum was planning to board an afternoon flight from the Southland to Seattle.
"They've got search parties looking for him right now," Arum said of his son.
The Pacquiao-Margarito tour is scheduled to continue Wednesday in New York City and Thursday at Cowboys Stadium outside Dallas, where the fighters plan to watch the Cowboys play the Miami Dolphins. The tour will proceed without Arum.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
By Lyle Fitzsimmons
Come to think of it, the wife really does know best.
Though I’d gone on record a few weeks back saying I was far more irritated that Antonio Margarito was getting a catch-weight title fight than with the idea he was fighting at all, sometimes with age comes wisdom.
Or in this case… living with a smart spouse named Danielle comes wisdom.
Driving back from a fruitless trip to a Gulf beach, a 45-minute chat with my lady of nearly five years – a sports fan with multiple fantasy football championships and one press-row fight credential to her credit, by the way – showed that when it comes to the Tijuana Tornado’s worthiness to return to the sport, one of us had it right all along.
And it sure as heck wasn’t me.
While his Nov. 13 match with Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium looks destined to end in a fashion similar to his January 2009 meeting with Shane Mosley – it now says here that the Mexican-born ex-welterweight king doesn’t even deserve the chance to get his face kicked in courtesy of the soon-to-be Filipino flyweight turned junior middleweight.
Until getting the female perspective on Monday afternoon, I’d been what amounts to a silent apologist for the man un-affectionately known as “Margacheato,” somehow allowing for a chance he might not have known what happened in the Staples Center locker room prior to the detective work of the ever-vigilant Naazim Richardson.
Now that I look back, it seems more ridiculous by the minute.
As many veteran fighters, trainers, analysts and others insisted since day one of the controversy, there’s really no way a combatant of Margarito’s skill and experience – he’d been a pro for 15 years and 10 days when he met Mosley – would not have noticed even the slightest thing was amiss with the hand wrap done that night by Javier Capetillo.
But because he’d done a good job selling the “who me?” line since being suspended and because the offense was detected before the fight and not after Mosley had been violated physically, I’d been more inclined to give Margarito the benefit of the doubt when it came to his deserved level of punishment for what nearly went on in Los Angeles.
It all changed somewhere around the Marion County line.
“It’s crazy that they’re letting him fight,” I was told by my incredulous passenger during the rare stretch of dialogue allowed by our drowsy 2-year-old, Ryan. “Just because he didn’t actually lay his hands on the guy doesn’t mean there was no intent. And it wouldn’t do a lot of good to only get it right after the fact. It should be treated as if he’d gotten to the ring and hit him.
“If they’d have found it after the fight, he’d rightfully be dragged through the streets.”
My only question after our chat… how did I not recognize it sooner?
The more I ponder what could have happened had it not been for Richardson – and ultimately Mosley – the more I’m reminded of the eerie aftermath of the Luis Resto-Billy Collins tragedy at Madison Square Garden 16 years earlier.
Like Margarito, Resto vehemently claimed to know nothing of what happened in the locker room that night on the Roberto Duran-Davey Moore undercard, when padding was removed from the gloves that beat the overmatched Collins into a medically induced retirement and indirectly led to his untimely death nine months later.
Resto eventually purged his soul in a TV documentary released last year, admitting to both Collins’ and his own family that he’d been aware of the pre-fight malfeasance but chose not to do anything to stop it… an admission that may help him sleep at night, but, were it me in the Collins’ shoes, would have warranted little more than a slammed door in the face.
Just because Margarito didn’t get away with it doesn’t mean it wasn’t a crime.
And just because Bob Arum says it’s OK doesn’t mean he’s any less loathsome for doing so.
As for me, I’m glad there’s at least one person in my house who saw through them both.
Thanks, hon… good catch.
Manny Pacquiao is back in Los Angeles getting ready for his fight with Antonio Margarito. In this video we also talk to Coach Ben Delgado who trained Pacquiao during the 1990's. We also talk to Manny who says he has a message for his fans.
Check out the video after the jump.
Check out the video after the jump.
Monday, August 30, 2010
The World Boxing Council received a request from Top Rank Inc. to approve the bout between Manny Pacquiao and Mexican fighter, Antonio Margarito, for the WBC Superwelterweight world title, to be held at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium this coming November 13th. The voting in favor of the fight was unanimous by the Board of Governors. The title was vacated when former world champion, Sergio Martinez, decided to do so, after winning the WBC Middleweight world title when he defeated Kelly Pavlik last April 17th. Pacquiao-Margarito will take place exactly one week after the 48th WBC Annual World Convention to be held in Cancun is closed.
I just read an article about Manny Pacquiao written by a guy who quite often goes negative in most of what he writes. This so called writer (who's name is not worthy of mention) has very little nice things to say about anyone in this sport. Usually he attacks those who are overweight, which solidifies the degree of hypocricy he carries within his own 300 pound frame. This guy can't stand the fact that Manny Pacquiao has agreed to fight Antonio Margarito, and he can't stand that some boxing writers are not taking Manny to task for doing so.
Boxing is a business and a sport, but to those professionals that are in the ring, it's a business first. Obviously Manny would rather have fought Floyd Mayweather, but as we all know that fight is not going to happen...yet. Oh wait, didn't I read somewhere that this fight was a "Done Deal, and all that was needed was the signatures from the fighters on the finalized contracts?" This so called breaking news came from a boxing site that never actually goes to fights, and in reality has no real sources to name. I'm guessing that Top Rank would probably answer their calls if they actually went to Top Rank fights. And hey, you never know, maybe Manny Pacquiao would ACTUALLY answer their call from across the pond if they actually had something nice to say about him. Of course us "groupy writers" don't have that problem, we "groupy" type guys get the big interviews, and the big names because we actually show some respect once and awhile.
It's the commission in Texas that should get cracked on, not Manny Pacquiao. Why the heck wouldn't Manny Pacquiao want to grab 15 million dollars against a bigger, slower Antonio Margarito? What? Pacquiao should save the sport of boxing by refusing to fight Margarito? Get real, Margarito would just fight someone else if Manny passed on him. It's not going to save the sport by refusing to fight Antonio Margarito. What would have helped the sport is if the Texas commission denied his request for a license to fight in the first place.
If you want to get pissed off at someone, get pissed at Bob Arum and the Texas Commission for pushing this fight through. Don't get mad at Manny Pacquiao for accepting an easy fight for 15 million dollars.
By Geno McGahee
Fan-Boy Journalism & the Making of a Super Fraud
There have been many journalists coming forward in protest of this fraud that is coming our way in November. Manny Pacquiao is in preparation for his high profile showdown with the hands of plaster, Antonio Margarito. Although the journalists are mostly against this fight, and rightfully so, you do find those actually for it or going with the “we can’t stop it, so why fight it” mentality. We may not be able to stop this from happening but if nobody rents it, then we will prevent the next and send a big message to the crooks running this show.
I was sent an article on a website that obviously is not too selective with their writers. The big problems with Internet journalism are the Internet journalists, or what passes for them. This one article from a “writer” so tightly attached to the back side of Manny Pacquiao wrote an article praising the Filipino fighter and approved of the Pay Per View.
I read the article and was thoroughly disgusted. Am I the only one that notices that most of these people that claim to be journalists are not impartial at all? This article was not from an isolated journalist. There are a lot of them out there.
What most call “fan-boys” write Pacquiao article after Pacquiao article, over and over and over again, and never anything negative. The subject is a popular one and merits coverage, but if you are just there to say that you have a crush on the “PacMan,” you should probably write that in your diary and not a so-called boxing or news website.
The boxing community should unite to fight this pay per view and Pacquiao’s decision to face a known cheater, but there are those out there that have a financial interest in the fight going forward, the Manny Pacquiao blind followers that will support him no matter what, the writers that want Manny to give them a thumbs up and the conditional love from the blind followers of the Filipino fighter, and the uninformed.
I assume that the PPV will make money because those Latin Fury PPVs are selling and this fight is much bigger than those and with the promotion pushing it, you have to imagine that it will make money and that is why Pacquiao is fighting and that is why Bob Arum is making it happen. And who can forget about Texas giving Margarito the right to fight. Money, money, money…that is what this fight is all about, and a guy that loads his gloves is going to laugh all the way to the bank. Protest it.
Lights Out at UFC 118
After 15 seconds, former middleweight, super middleweight, and cruiserweight champion, James Toney was on his back and done for the night. He wasn’t able to do anything…but it wasn’t a surprise. He walked around the ring nonchalantly and confidently but Randy Couture easily took Toney off of his feet and to the floor. He mounted him and began pounding him with punches. Couture began choking him out and eventually got him to submit. So much for those saying Toney was too tough to submit.
People made a big deal about the 237 pounds that Toney weighed in at, but he could have came in at 500 pounds and it wouldn’t have made much of a difference. He didn’t have the tools to compete with a guy like Randy Couture and realistically, he wouldn’t fair well against anyone with average MMA skills. He is a boxer, plain and simple and they do not do well in the world of the MMA.
After the fight, Toney stated that he just got caught and would be back, but I sincerely doubt it. The UFC may put him back in there to get him to submit after 3 minutes again, but much like boxing, his marketability is long gone already with the UFC. Does anyone really think that he is going to be able to do anything positive inside the cage? He’s too old and not experienced enough with mixed martial arts to win fights.
Toney is a tough guy and was a great boxer, but that doesn’t translate into mixed martial arts success. It’s like saying: “He’s great at tennis, so he will dominate baseball.” They both involve instruments to hit balls, but they are vastly different. The same thing with boxing and the MMA…two different games all together.
Mikkel Kessler Out of the Super Six
The super middleweight Super Six Tournament on Showtime has suffered a blow with the drop out of one time favorite, Mikkel Kessler. Many are calling for Lucian Bute to take the spot, but he will most likely wait for the winner and continue fighting outside of it.
Kessler was set to face Allan Green next and now Green will be slated to fight a new opponent. No opponent has been named yet, but there are rumored negotiations going on with numerous replacements. It will be interesting to see what fighter takes the open spot.
By Hesiquio Balderas
Tue, 31 Aug 2010
Antonio Margarito is getting ready to fight Manny Pacquiao, but took time to blast Oscar De La Hoya and his company Golden Boy Promotions during an interview with TV Azteca.
"I don't know what he has against me, I really don't understand, what I do know is that he had a big influence in the California State Athletic Commission with everything he said against me, I am upset because he talked too much and said some nasty things and he has a shady past himself that most of us know about," said a very upset Margarito to the Mexican TV.
But if that was not enough he also sent a challenge to the Golden Boy. "I hope he takes off the fishnet, stop acting like a sissy and fight me, if you have something against me then get in the ring and fight," said Antonio who recently got a license to fight in Texas against pound for pound champion Manny Pacquiao.
"I will knock Pacquiao out, and show the world that I am back, this is the fight of my life and Manny will be in for a tough night, I wont quit like De La Hoya did."
Antonio's anger toward De La Hoya is nothing new, he challenged Oscar for many years trying to make a name off De La Hoya's fame and never got the fight.
MANILA, Philippines - Antonio Margarito’s chief trainer Roberto Garcia yesterday said his ward will use his brute strength and height advantage against Filipino boxing legend Manny Pacquiao even as he expressed confidence of Margarito’s victory in their upcoming fight in November in Texas.
“Margarito has the strength, the power, he’s hungry to be the best and prove everybody wrong. He’s the bigger man. He will get hit but he will just keep coming and coming and Pacquiao will get tired of just having Margarito on him and landing good shots and eventually you start landing good shots and start breaking him down,” Garcia told Dennis Guillermo of The Examiner.
“I honestly see a very big chance of us pulling it out,” he said.
Margarito has been training in earnest for the keenly awaited Nov. 13 showdown where Pacquiao is eyeing an eighth title in the super welterweight division (154 lbs). The fight, however, is set at a catchweight of 151 lbs.
Meanwhile, Garcia said he’s not having second thoughts on joining this week’s press tour for the big fight.
Garcia, who has his hands full handling Margarito’s training, said he’d be there despite the fact that he’s now busy working on the upcoming bout.
“I’ve been watching a lot of Manny Pacquiao’s fights. I’ve been studying him everyday,” said Garcia, also the current trainer of excellent fighters like Nonito Donaire Jr., Brian Viloria, Steven Luevano and Joan Guzman.
The press tour is set this week with stops in Los Angeles, New York and Dallas. Then both fighters part ways, and head into training, just a little over two months left before the anticipated showdown.
Garcia, the former world champion, said the more he studies Pacquiao, the more he likes their chances of winning.
“Margarito never stops training. After his fights he takes a few days off, maybe a week off but then he goes back to the running and back to the gym right away. He’s not back in my gym yet. We start our press conference here on Tuesday in LA and then go to New York, finish up in Texas, but following that we will start training camp. That would be 10 weeks before the fight, I think that would be enough,” said Garcia.
Enough to put Margarito in top shape. But will it be enough to beat Pacquiao?
The Gen. Santos native and now a Saranggani representative was scheduled to leave for LA last night for the press tour, and a chance to hook up with his own trainer, Freddie Roach, to probably discuss their initial plans against the 5-foot-11 Margarito.
And fly back home right after the press tour.
Roach will come to Manila along with sparring partners Rashad Halloway and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., who may be just as tall as Margarito for training that starts on Sept. 20.
Pacquiao can train anywhere he wants, but prefers somewhere near the House of Representatives so he won’t be able to miss the afternoon sessions in Congress.
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As promised, here is my full interview with Antonio Margarito's trainer Robert Garcia who took over Javier Capetillo after the latter's suspension over Margarito's hand wrapping controversy prior to his fight against Shane Mosley in January of 2009.
Check out the video below as Garcia revealed his reasons on taking on the disgraced Margarito. The well-spoken Garcia also talked about Margarito's Texas boxing license, the California commission mess, his game plan against Pacquiao and several other topics relating to their showdown in Dallas on November 13.
dSource - Good day Robert, thank you for taking my call on such short notice.
RG - No problem.
dSource - Alright, let's get down to business. Congratulations on Antonio Margarito getting his license in Texas, and what's your thoughts on that?
RG - You know, Texas did the right thing. He had his suspension in California for a year. A year went by. He (Margarito) respected the decision California had made and now this fight is happening. I believe California should've done the same thing but they decided not to so that's why Bob Arum and Top Rank went to Texas and is having the fight there.
dSource - You're one of the top trainers in the game right now. Tell me why you decided to take on Margarito who was coming off a very controversial situation and do you really believe he had no clue regarding those hand wraps from Capetillo?
RG - That's the reason why I did it. If you've fought before and if you've trained fighters, you know how the system works. People can comment and say that he's a cheater and he should've known, well I've fought 37 professional fights and my father was my trainer at the end of my career I had another person wrapping my hands, not one single time did I question the wrapping. I never asked what's in the wraps -'can I feel', 'can I see what's going on' - not one single time. 37 fights and I never questioned. Now that I'm a trainer, I've trained world champions like Steven Luevano, Brian Viloria, Nonito Donaire, Joan Guzman, I've wrapped so many times and again you know, not one single fighter have asked me that [...] I know that little by little we'll get back and maybe with good wins and good performances, people will come back and believe in him and believe that yea, there's a possibility that the fighter does not know what's going on in the hand wraps when the trainer is wrapping them.
dSource - Let's talk about the California hearing. They brought up the training and sparring license. Is that common and what do you think about that?
RG - You know what, it's the first time I ever heard about it and everybody I talked to, all the reporters, all the trainers, everybody was just laughing about that you know because it's something they just brought up. Obviously they were prepared and they already knew that they weren't gonna license him and make us feel bad with the laws they presented to us which like I said not one single person there knew about it and not one single person in the state of California know about it- having to have a license to spar. I guess they were prepared for that. They already knew their decision. I don't even know why they had him show up if they already knew their decision, but hey, they did that and now it looks like California will take another year before they can try him again.
dSource - How is Antonio doing right now? Have you guys started any training at all for the Pacquiao fight?
RG - Margarito never stops training. After his fights he takes a few days off, maybe a week off but then he goes back to the running and back to the gym right away. He's not back in my gym yet. We start are press conference here on Tuesday in LA and then go to New York, finish up in Texas, but following that we will start training camp. That would be 10 weeks before the fight, I think that would be enough [...]
dSource - There's some sentiments out there by fans that it's almost as if they're writing Margarito off against Pacquiao. What are your thoughts on that? I personally think it's going to be a war and by no means is Pacquiao a sure win.
RG - Like I said you know, after what happened with Margarito and the hand wrap thing, people just didn't like him or didn't like what he did so they just don't give him any chance. They think that (illegal hand wraps) was why he won his fights. What I learned from Margarito the last camp he was with me: He's a hard worker. He trains like it was his first world title opportunity. He trains harder than anybody. Man, it's unbelievable the way he runs and in the gym, so that's going to be a big advantage. He will be ready for the fight. Plus, I've been watching a lot of Manny Pacquiao's fights since his first losses, to Morales, to his last few wins. I've been studying him everyday, so I honestly, honestly see us having a big chance of pulling it out. Margarito is a bigger man. He has a big heart, he's got condition, he's got a good chin. Even though he lost to Mosley, people think that Mosley beat him up, people don't know him. The way I see Margarito, he had to come back down to 147, he had a hard time. Just walking to the ring you could see it in his face, it wasn't Margarito against Mosley. I think right now Margarito would beat Mosley.
dSource - What do you think is Margarito's best chance to beat Pacquiao? What does he have that might give Pacquiao a hard time?
RG - Margarito has the strength, the power, he's hungry to be the best and prove everybody wrong. He's the bigger man. He will get hit but he will just keep coming and coming and Pacquiao will get tired of just having Margarito on him and landing good shots and eventually you start landing good shots and start breaking him down.