Former titlist Antonio Margarito is apparently very serious about his comeback to boxing, and tells ESPN Deportes that he's paired back up with Robert Garcia to make it happen. Margarito hasn't fought since losing badly to Miguel Cotto in their late 2011 rematch, after having his face and eye smashed by Manny Pacquiao.
After the second Cotto fight, where his previously damaged right eye looked to be badly damaged again, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that Margarito wouldn't be able to get medically cleared to continue fighting professionally, at least in theanyway. In fact, the New York State Athletic Commission was hesitant to even clear him for his last fight with Cotto because of the damage his eye sustained against Pacquiao.
Now, several years later, Margarito says that his eye has been medically cleared to fight (something difficult to imagine) and that he is already working with a trainer in San Diego to get back in shape. Margarito says he's also spoken to Robert Garcia about getting back together, something he says Garcia has agreed to.
"I already talked to Robert, I train with him, I'm training right now with someone here in San Diego, with whom I have bonded very well, but I know if I want that big fight I should be with Robert. First I want to train three more months, and then do one more fight before looking for a big fight," said Margarito.
Margarito goes on to say that he expects to have to prove himself again before getting a big fight, but ultimately he would like to get a shot at Canelo Alvarez or another fight with Miguel Cotto (with whom he has a rather contentious relationship).
"Yes of course I would go to against one of them, but I know that I must prove that I can compete at that level, I'm not worried because I know I'm to give good fights, I just need the chance to prove it," he said.
I, myself, am just amazed that his dead-looking eye hasn't already rotted inside his skull. That, in and of itself, is the real victory here.
So who's pumped for Margarito's comeback? I know at least one staff writer here is.