Antonio Margarito, shown here being finished off by Shane Mosley in January, is suing the California State Athletic Commission. (via hem.passagen.se)
This one kind of flew under the radar, possibly because no one cares about Antonio Margarito and his B.S. anymore, and possibly because he filed suit during the hype over Hatton-Pacquiao, but Antonio Margarito is suing the CSAC, according to TMZ.
On January 24, 2009, Margarito was preparing to fight Mosley -- his trainer was wrapping his hands when a rep from the Athletic Commission decided to inspect his hands, allegedly finding an "illegal material inside the knuckle pad." The knuckle pads were confiscated and his hands were re-wrapped.
[Ed. Note: This is a horrible recap of the situation, but you all know what really happened, so whatever.]
Margarito then fought Mosely and got his ass kicked. But the unkindest cut of all -- after the fight, his boxing license was suspended for one year. He feels he's been denied due process and wants his license back.
He's suing to get a court order forcing the Commission to reinstate him, stat.
What this doesn't cover, of course, since TMZ knows boxing like I know Jessica Simpson's weight gains, is that Margarito's confiscated wraps were found to have contained elements of plaster that would have hardened during the fight.
For all the crowing Margarito did calling out Oscar de la Hoya for being a coward and fighting Manny Pacquiao, it doesn't take all that manly of a fighter to go into a bout knowing your fists are going to become weapons once that stuff gets some sweat on it. Margarito is a cheater, a chump, and he has no place in boxing. I used to be a fan of his, too; that ended. I never want to see him fight again, won't support any promoter that puts him back in the ring, and I also just wish he would own up to it. He's a child in the cookie jar pleading his case to anyone that will hear it, and nobody wants to listen.