"Of course, I believe he knew, he's the one who wraps his hands," said Pacquiao at a news conference in Beverly Hills on Tuesday. "...he made a mistake."
There are a few ways to consider this:
- Great start on promoting this fight, guys. The smiling icon who supposedly does what's right for boxing (unlike evil coward Mayweather) says, "Sure he was gonna cheat something awful, but that's OK, because I can make lots of money to fight him. My opponent is, in my opinion, a liar and a cheat and a scam and a no-good S.O.B., but that money is really enticing. Do I think he'd cheat against me if he could get away with it? Yeah! But Buboy will be watching the wrap process, so this is a good fight."
- Controversy creates cash. Pacquiao calling Margarito a cheater will only stir up interest among the curious who were barely aware that Margarito existed before this press tour started. That's a larger portion of the potential PPV audience than you might think, too. There are people just now discovering online that Shane Mosley is fighting Sergio Mora in less than a month. (And, boy, are they distressed.)
- "At least Pacquiao's being honest?"
- "Who cares?"
Boy this fight is going to be tremendous fun to talk about for the next three months. I hope at the final presser the week of the fight, Top Rank has some stooge planted who will start "grilling" Margarito about the wraps, and we get some approximation of this as a final attempt to drum up interest:
(NSFW, and if you've never seen A Few Good Men and somehow don't know the scene, don't watch this.)