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Antonio Margarito: 5 Reasons His Career Is as Good as Done After Loss to Cotto

Nedu ObiAnalyst IIFebruary 9, 2012

Antonio Margarito: 5 Reasons His Career Is as Good as Done After Loss to Cotto

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    Antonio Margarito has achieved relative success in a career that has spanned 18 years.

    However, his loss to Miguel Cotto in their grudge rematch more than hinted that “El Tornado de Tijuana’s” time in the art of the sweet science is as good as over.

    Here are the reasons why.

     

    Antonio Margarito has achieved relative success in a career that has spanned 18 years.

    However, his loss to Miguel Cotto in their grudge rematch more than hinted that “El Tornado de Tijuana’s” time in the art of the sweet science is as good as over.

    Here are the reasons why.

5. Eye Injury

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    In November 2010, Margarito faced off against Manny Pacquiao for the WBC welterweight title that had been vacated by then-champion Sergio Martinez.

    The fight itself was a 12-round display of brutal punching power from the Filipino native, resulting in Margarito sustaining a fractured right orbital bone.

    And to make matters worse, an operation to repair the injured eye had to be delayed for several days due to the swollen state of his face.

    Fast forward another year—in his rematch with Miguel Cotto, the fight had to be halted as his right eye was again pummeled beyond recognition.

    The bottom line is this: Margarito can ill afford a repeat performance on his already suspect eye, because the likelihood of losing his sight if that same eye is targeted in another fight is more or less a foregone conclusion.

    For Margarito to fight on and risk his eyesight would be asinine to say the least and as a consequence, he’ll be left with little or no alternative other than to hang ‘em up.

4. Boxing License

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    Although he may be granted a license to ply his trade in say, Mexico and probably Texas, however, it’s a sure-fire bet that states like Nevada and California will not issue the Mexican-American with a license, mostly due to the injuries incurred to his eye.

    And as that is the case, a continued boxing career anywhere else other than in places like Las Vegas—the Mecca of boxing with regards to main events and massive pay days—Antonio Margarito’s already flailing career will nosedive even further.

3. Plaster of Paris

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    The debacle surrounding Margarito’s Plaster of Paris incident has left a sour taste in lot of people’s mouths—his 38-win record has been tarnished and that’s regardless as to whether the fight with Shane Mosley was the first and only time he’d worn loaded gloves in a boxing ring.

    He’s tainted and sullied not only himself, but the sport in general, and no matter what he achieves in the sport from here on in, there’ll always be that doubt as to the legitimacy of his accomplishments.

    Margarito has become a boxing pariah.

2. Antonio Margarito Can’t Contend With Boxing’s Elite

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    The former WBO, WBC and IBF welterweight champion is now 1-3 in his last four fights, with three of those losses having come against some upper-echelon pugilists—Shane Moseley via TKO, Manny Pacquiao by way of unanimous decision and more recently a stoppage loss to Miguel Cotto.

    That, per se, suggests El Tornado can’t compete at the top level anymore, and his move up to super welterweight can’t be used as an excuse, either.

    Still, if he did decide to take fights against low- to mid-tier fighters, a loss would be highly embarrassing, and a win would be case of so what—who cares!

1. Antonio Margarito Is Fast Fading

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    At his peak, Margarito was akin to a Trojan warrior—full steam straight ahead—no holds barred and with the mindset of everything and anything goes.

    He could punch as well and still can, but that’s really all he’s got in his armory—he’s a shell of his former self.

    In his last fight against Miguel Cotto, he looked battle-weary, ponderous, lacked concussive power to trouble the latter and showed signs that his legs had gone.

    Margarito is only 33 going on 34, however, there is one factor which is overly prevalent in his slow and sudden demise—too many wars.

    El Tornado’s career is at an end.

     

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