Antonio Margarito, the vilified Mexican brawler who was last seen getting his damaged eye beaten into a pulp by Miguel Cotto in 2011, is planning to return to the ring, but Bob Arum says that Margarito's money demands are "crazy," which could prevent him from working with Top Rank again.
Arum told ESPN.com that he wants to put Margarito on a Solo Boxeo card on UniMas, where Top Rank runs smaller shows, and that while he's made sure Margarito has clearance for his eye after having retina surgery, he's not sure they can actually come to terms for the comeback attempt.
Margarito (38-8, 27 KO) will turn 38 next March, and hasn't won a fight since 2010. He's 1-3 in his last four outings, and his last major win came in 2008 when he stopped Cotto in the 11th round. That fight became highly controversial later, after Margarito's team were caught with suspicious handwraps by Shane Mosley's trainer Naazim Richardson prior to their January 2009 bout. Going out with new wraps, Margarito was stunningly demolished by Mosley, beaten into submission in the ninth round.
Margarito was then suspended by the California State Athletic Commission, which also declined to give him a new license after a year. He returned in Mexico, then fought Manny Pacquiao in Texas in November 2010. Pacquiao battered Margarito over 12 rounds in a fight that probably should have been stopped somewhere along the way, with Margarito suffering brutal facial injuries. His rematch with Cotto in 2011 saw Cotto smash his eye until referee Steve Smoger was forced to end the fight after nine rounds.
The eye injury was a big part of the build-up to the rematch, with the New York State Athletic Commission taking some criticism for even licensing Margarito, whose eye was very visibly damaged.
ESPN's Dan Rafael lists "a costly divorce and the itch to compete" as motivation for Margarito to return to boxing, two things that aren't exactly unique reasons for aging fighters well past their primes to climb back into the ring.
Do you think Margarito, who relied on relentless pressure and youthful stamina at his best, can make any sort of significant comeback?