Top Rank's Crystina Poncher spoke with Antonio Margarito yesterday in New York about his hectic final week with the extra trip to the Big Apple, his training in Mexico, and the portrayals of he and Miguel Cotto on HBO's 24/7 series:
On training in Mexico as opposed to California:
"I've trained in Big Bear before, so I'm accustomed to high altitude. But in Mexico the altitude is a lot higher. It's comfortable, I love training in Mexico. It wasn't a big change."
On the way he's been portrayed on 24/7:
"I had my family with me during the training camp, but they made Cotto look like the good guy, like a family guy, and I was alone. I understand that there was a big difference in the storylines, but I'm going to prove at the end that from the first fight to now, it's going to be the same result."
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Margarito has definitely been the bad guy, but I don't know if that's on the HBO doorstep. You could show him playing with kids all you want, but the way he's approached the topic of whether or not he loaded his gloves the first time around was going to make him a bad guy no matter what. Plus his entire villain persona, which goes right down to his haircut and Paulie Walnuts track suits, is a stylistic choice of his own. He knows what sells him here.