Oldies But Baddies

By Robert Ecksel on November 7, 2015
Oldies But Baddies
One wonders what Margarito has left and what, if anything, he has left to contribute.

Boxing, like life, runs the risk of being a freak show. Winning may be all that matters. How one wins may be of no account…

When considering what boxing needs to enliven the proceedings, the last thing that comes to mind Antonio Margarito.

He retired four years ago in disgrace, having lost three of his last four fights after having been exposed as a cheater in the “Plastergate” scandal prior to his 2009 fight with Shane Mosley.

But boxing, which loves its villains as much as its heroes, will always make allowances where money is concerned, which perhaps explains the sport’s willingness, or his former promoter Bob Arum’s willingness to allow Margarito to return to the ring, no questions asked, and of course none answered.

Having gotten soaked in a divorce and having run out of money, Margarito is turning to that which he knows best. No one begrudges his ability to earn a living, but at 37 and without having won a fight since 2010, one wonders what he has left and what, if anything, he has left to contribute.

“Tony says he’s returning,” Arum told ESPN.com. “He has crazy notions of the money he’s worth. We know we can’t put him in with a killer right away. He has to get the rust out. But his eye is okay. I made sure he got a clean bill of health.”

The good news is that “he got a clean bill of health.” The bad news is Arum is making plans.

“But what he wants for a UniMas show is a crazy amount of money, so who knows if he will fight. I saw him in a meeting, not in the gym, but he looked sensational. We’re happy to give him a couple of fights for reasonable money to get him started before a bigger fight. But he has to decide what he wants to do and how much he is willing to fight for.”

The guardians of the sport, as often as not masters of the universe, might want to keep their eye on the ball and their eye on his eye, which is as good an excuse as any, assuming one wanted an excuse, to put the brakes on Margarito’s return.

We saw what he could do when he was cheating. We also saw what he could do when he played by the rules.

Boxing, like life, runs the risk of being a freak show. Winning may be all that matters. How one wins may be of no account.

But the sanctity of boxing, such as it is, is at stake.

Do we really want to return Margarito to the mix?

And to what end?

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  1. TheSweetScience 12:40am, 11/08/2015

    Agreed in full.
    No, we do not.

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