As we await a final decision from the New York State Athletic Commission today, here's another video look at Antonio Margarito, via HBO's Ring Life series.
Unlike Margarito's "24/7" persona this past weekend, this six-minute feature on the fighter paints him as some wronged, falsely-accused ring warrior who would rather die than give up. Maybe he really would rather die than give up, but finding an audience that plays the violin for Margarito in a genuine manner is a bit of a reach.
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I don't think there's any question that Margarito worked hard to get to where he used to be, although there is some question about whether or not his performances were enhanced by illegal wraps. And he once had a great story to tell, similar to that of many of his universally respected countrymen.
But I have a hard time getting this down. To be honest, I think the "24/7" villain is closer to the real Margarito -- even here, when the narrator tries to tell the sad story, Margarito is hard to like.