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Boxing Breakfast: Robert Garcia on a Possible Antonio Margarito Retirement

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Is this the lasting and final image of Antonio Margarito? (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
Is this the lasting and final image of Antonio Margarito? (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Bad Left Hook Radio

Juuuust in case you missed it, the newest episode of Bad Left Hook Radio went up on Wednesday. Brent Brookhouse of BloodyElbow.com guested as he covered the Pacquiao vs Mosley fight for SBNation.com, and we talked about the fallout there, the reaction around both boxing and MMA communities to the fight, some of the pay scale differences between high-level boxing and the UFC, and more. I also previewed the Andre Ward vs Arthur Abraham fight and the two Friday cards. Speaking of which. BLH Radio is now available on iTunes, as well. Get on that.

Pacquiao Steroids Nonsense

Just in case you missed it yesterday, I summed up my feelings here. This was the most hysterical non-story I can remember, and I'm particularly disappointed in Shane Mosley for giving this the first air of legitimacy.

Robert Garcia Talks About Antonio Margarito's Possible Retirement

Chris Robinson has a great interview up with Robert Garcia about many topics, including Brandon Rios vs Urbano Antillon on July 9 and Mikey Garcia's potential, but most interesting to me were his words on Antonio Margarito's retirement. Here's a sample:

"I talked to him yesterday. He told me that he is going to go see a specialist at everything is going to happen after that. He's not going to make any decisions until after that. But he is prepared. In case he can't fight anymore, he is prepared. I had a good talk with him and I told him 'You know what? You had a big fight last year. I'm sure you have a lot of money in your bank account'. I talked to him about investing, buying properties, buying homes and those homes will give you enough to live the rest of your life. I always try to give boxers advice on what to do with their money and how to take care of it. Because if you have it in the bank account, little by little the money runs out. It's happened to many fighters."

It really seems more and more like we've seen the last of Antonio Margarito. God knows what he's got put away, but at least Garcia is there giving him good advice. Say what you will about Garcia or some of his fighters, but (1) they all fight like hell, and (2) Garcia is one hell of a trainer. You don't wind up with a stable that has Nonito Donaire, Brandon Rios and Mikey Garcia just through dumb luck. At the rate we're going right now, if Freddie Roach is given a default Trainer of the Year again for 2011 over Garcia, I'll be appalled. Fair is fair, and Garcia is doing a phenomenal job.

After the jump: Your song song song of the day.

Song of the Day

"Romeo's Tune" by Steve Forbert. No reason. Popped into my mind.