It took a third viewing of "24/7" last night, when I watched with my wife, for me to catch this even better close-up than the one we posted before from the HBO cameras. The previous screenshot was the one easy to catch, since it was a held zoom on Margarito's face during a workout in the ring.
But this shot, which was part of the opening montage over which Liev Schreiber dropped poetic words in his trademark style, is even better:
The right eye (on the left of your screen) is the surgically-repaired eye. For a larger version, click on the photo.
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Now feel free to compare the two "24/7" screenshots with this photo, which was taken in 2008, just before Margarito's rematch with Kermit Cintron, three and a half months before he fought Miguel Cotto:
The 2008 photo is, quite obviously, not the same. Margarito's eyes were the same through his 2010 fight with Manny Pacquiao, where he suffered terrible injuries in a fight that, quite frankly, should have been stopped at some point, but wasn't, even as Manny Pacquiao seemed to plead with referee Laurence Cole to end the brutality.
For things like the press conference, and even his sit-down interviews on "24/7," Margarito constantly wears very dark sunglasses. They keep saying there's nothing to hide with the eye, but I'm not so sure. I'm certain that his eye, which was repaired by a top doctor in the field, is just fine to go out and live every day life and all that.
I'm not certain his eye can pass a New York State Athletic Commission exam, however. We'll know soon enough, but I think there appear to be legitimate concerns here.
This fight is picking up the weirdest bunch of buzz I've encountered to date.