Antonio Margarito Retires: Most Memorable Fights in Boxer's Career

Justin Welton@JustinWeltonAnalyst IIJune 8, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03:  Miguel Cotto (R) of Puerto Rico and Antonio Margarito of Mexico exchange blows during the WBA World Junior Middleweight Title fight at Madison Square Garden on December 3, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Antonio Margarito had an interesting boxing career. He was involved with several different titles in several big-time matches, but he was also involved in some controversy.

Now that he has retired, according to Dan Rafael of ESPN, let's take a look at some of the most memorable fights in his career. 


Margarito vs. Shane Mosley, 1/24/09

Shane Mosley defeated Margarito in 2009 via a ninth-round TKO. But it wasn't the outcome that had people talking.

Prior to the fight, Margarito was caught trying to fight Mosley with loaded hand wraps. After being caught, one can't wonder if he did this in his fights prior to Mosley.

Did he cheat then too?

It's something we'll never know, but this fight is one of the most memorable in his career because of the backlash he received. 


Margarito vs. Manny Pacquiao, 11/13/12

In November, Margarito received an opportunity to fight Manny Pacquiao for the WBC light middleweight title. It was an opportunity to prove that he can contend against the game's elite in Jerry's World at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. 

Margarito competed at a high level, surprising Pacquiao with his quickness and demeanor, but Pacquiao was just too strong. 

The judges saw Pacquiao winning the fight in a unanimous decision. Margarito fought smart, he implemented his game plan to perfection and he used any advantage he could. Pacquiao was just too strong, and he landed just about every fight he threw.

It was a rough night for Margarito, but it was his opportunity against the best.  


Margarito vs. Miguel Cotto, 7/26/08

After Margarito was caught trying to fight Mosley with loaded hand wraps, Miguel Cotto began to question if his fight six months prior was legit.

Margarito defeated Cotto to win the WBA welterweight title via a 11th-round TKO. 

What was a glorious moment for Margarito began to turn heads after being caught trying to cheat six months later.

We may never know the real truth to the situation, but Margarito's victory was one of the bigger victories of his career.