By Barbara Pinnella
It had just been announced that Antonio Margarito has had his
boxing license revoked by the California State Boxing Commission
for one year, as had his trainer, Javier Capetillo. This was due
to the now quite public knowledge that Margarito was found to
have what was described as a plaster-like substance in his wraps
before his fight with Shane Mosley back in January. Javier said
that he (Capetillo) made a mistake. That was one hell of a
Capetillo tried to get his fighter off the hook by indicating
that Margarito did nothing wrong and had no knowledge that he
had done anything improper. Now excuse me for sounding sarcastic
here, butÖWHAT? Margarito just sits there like a lump, oblivious
to what is going on? The gloves never feel any different; the
hits never feel any harder? Well, maybe not, if that has been a
common practice for him. Perhaps heís used to it. I would love
to be so naÔve as to believe that he didnít know. But while I am
new to boxing compared to a lot of you, even I canít step out on
that limb. So what does that do to all of his victories, all of
his accomplishments? Sorry for stating the obvious here, but it
tarnishes everything he has done.
What must some of his opponents think now? Sparring partners?
How many of them are pissed off? Iím sure several of them, and I
canít blame them. For them there is no true retaliation, other
than the realization that he has been exposed as, for lack of a
better word, a fraud..
Then there is Top Rankís promoter Bob Arum. He agrees that the
trainer should be held responsible, but not Margarito. What a
surprise, and yes, that is sarcasm! The trainer does not make
him money! With Nevada likely to uphold the ruling of
California, when Antonio does come back, where will he fight?
Iím sure many will buckle under. He will still be a draw,
particularly for those who believe he is innocent. Weíll just
have to wait and see.
There is no winner here. If Margarito did know what was going
on, he deserves the punishment and more. If he did not Ė yeah,
right Ė then he got a bad deal. His opponents have lost, in more
ways than one, his sparring partners suffered, and everyone who
has invested time and money in him are, for the present time at
least, reduced to spinning their wheels trying to decide what to
Boxing did not need a hit like this. Remember, it was the
Margarito/Mosley fight that packed the Staples Center with the
biggest crowd they have EVER had! And it was mainly due to the
Mexican contingent that made those numbers that huge, and they
came to see their hero, Antonio Margarito. It will be
interesting to see how, or if, things play out in the future.
Be safe and God Bless,
Viva La Raza,