Sunday, January 24, 2010

Margarito should be allowed to fight on Pacquiao-Clottey undercard

By Esteban Garduno: Former WBA welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (37-6, 27 KO’s) should be allowed to get his boxing license back and fight on the undercard of the March 13th fight between WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao and Joshua Clottey at the Dallas Cowboy stadium, in Arlington, Texas. Margarito has done his time, paid his price for the foreign substance that was found on his hand wraps a year ago before his January 24th fight against Shane Mosley.

Margarito had his boxing license revoked for a year. Well, that year is up and it’s time that Margarito be allowed to fight. This is America, and people should have a second chance after they’ve done wrong. If they said it was a year suspension, then that should be exactly what it means.

Margarito has paid his price during this time with all the criticism that has been heaped on this talented fighter and he deserves to get a second chance. Besides, I believe Margarito when he says he didn’t know about anything foreign being put on his hand wraps. He’s always been a straight shooter and I think Margarito is telling the truth about this.

If some boxing fans or writers have a problem with Margarito fighting again, then that’s just too bad. Margarito has done his time and deserves to fight again. I’m counting on Margarito fighting on the undercard of the Pacquiao-Clottey fight. He’s scheduled to fight Carson Jones on the undercard as long as he receives his license by the Texas boxing commission.

I’m looking forward to that fight a great deal even more than the dull Pacquiao vs. Clottey fight. I could care less about that mismatch. Margarito is the fighter I want to see. I think he’s going to destroy Jones, and after that Margarito’s promoter Bob Arum needs to set him up with a fight against Pacquiao.

That will be a great fight. Pacquiao and Margarito is the best fight out there except for the Mayweather fight. Margarito won’t be a hard fight to negotiate for Pacquiao because he won’t ask for blood tests like Mayweather. Arum should be able to set this fight as easy as cake. I think Margarito beats the stuffing out of Pacquiao in a one-sided fight.

This would be taking candy from a baby. Margarito would be a huge headache for Pacquiao because of his nonstop punching style and his huge heart. As long as Margarito comes into the fight in shape, and Pacquiao doesn’t resort to clinching all night long like Mosley did in his win against Antonio, then I see Margarito winning.


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