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NYSAC licensed Antonio Margarito to fight, then treated him differently than any other licensed fighter.
State boxing commissions, or other governmental bodies with a similar purpose that are recognized by the Association of Boxing Commissions, can often go overlooked. But these guys and gals play a vitally important role. If the commission isn’t helping to make a boxing match as good as it can be, it’s at least not ruining it with shenanigans.
And there have been plenty of shenanigans.
When Miguel Cotto stopped Antonio Margarito in their 2011 rematch at Madison Square Garden, his dominating win was put in question by the way the commission bungled the situation.
The New York State Athletic Commission made a mess of things by waiting until the last minute to question Margarito’s ability to fight in the state because of his surgically repaired eye. Because of the irresponsible bungling, the fight was in doubt until less than two weeks before fight night.
And that wasn’t the end of things. After licensing Margarito to fight, the commission assigned a ringside doctor charged solely with the task of observing Margarito’s eye.
Cotto was right to target the eye, and he did. But would the fight have been stopped had the NYSAC not brought in an additional doctor to stare at Margarito's eye for the entire fight?