In a totally classless and pathetic move a video featuring Antonio Margarito and Brandon Rios making fun of Freddie Roach’s Parkinson disease has been taken off the Internet.
I originally saw the video on the boxing blog Bad Left Hook. The video was uploaded by Elie Seckbach and AOL Fanhouse. The video was uploaded unedited and featured the two men mocking Roach.
It was later edited (didn’t feature Rios at all) and had Margarito with the subtitle, “I’m scared” to imply that he was saying Roach is scared.
They couldn’t spin the Rios mocking so it was out totally. The video was then pulled but someone already has it back up again. It is unclear who made the call to edit the video and pull it down.
The real question here is what did they think these videos would accomplish? Making fun of a person with a disease is never going to get you good press. There are going to people that call this “fight marketing.”
That is a ton of garbage and how anyone could say that is totally mind-blowing to me. This fight is already the biggest on the calendar and making fun of Parkinson’s disease isn’t going to make more people buy it.
All of these men are current or former fighters and this is something that all men may have to deal with later in life. Margarito takes a lot of shots in the ring and honestly if he had this disease in his later life I would not be surprised in the least.
This was a totally classless act but one that shouldn’t surprise anyone following the training camp of Margarito. If you click the link to the video you will see they bring up the hand wraps issue constantly.
It isn’t the worst offense in the world but it is something that shouldn’t be made fun of. If Margarito went into the ring that night he could have seriously injured or killed someone. He didn’t but he easily could have.
Bringing up the hand wraps constantly is lamer than anything and if I was Margarito it is something that I would want to leave in the past.
All reports coming out of Margarito’s training camp are totally classless but what should you expect from someone like him? This solidifies my belief that he knew his wraps were loaded and he didn’t care.
He has no class and it appears that trainer Robert Garcia is in the same boat. Margarito is a fighter that few people outside of Mexico liked and that number shrunk a lot in the last 24 hours.
This is a fight on shaky ground to begin with and this gives people more reason to ignore it. The people that claim this is promoting the fight are dead wrong.
If anything it gives people reason to not spend their hard-earned money on a wrap-loading, Parkinson’s-mocking fighter. The real idiots here are Garcia and Rios in my eyes.
Margarito is a known commodity at this point. He is a fighter who tried to cheat or got away with cheating for a long time. Garcia and Rios are up-and-comers that are not well known.
Garcia has the chance to be a great trainer and Rios has an all-action style that would have eventually won him fans with some television exposure.
Now they are going to be known as the fighter who mocked Parkinson’s and the trainer who stood there and laughed.
Not a smart move by either and an even dumber move by Margarito. Come this Saturday I hope he gets beat down in front of 70,000 in Dallas.
This was originally published on www.kissingthecanvas.com