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March 23, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Disgraced and disfigured former world welterweight champion Antonio Margarito said Friday night that he wants to face box-office darling Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. in September. Margarito was at the Casino Del Sol in support of his brother-in-law Hanzel Martinez, who knocked out Jose Miguel Tamayo in one round. “I've been told I could fight on May 26 here in Tucson,” Margarito said. “But if it's in June, that's fine, because it's in September that we're going to fight [Chavez]
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March 12, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
Sergio Martinez is the World Boxing Council middleweight champion, and with the exception of some sanctioning-body shenanigans, has owned the belt since 2010. The 39-year-old Argentinian is 51-2-2 and has beaten the likes of Kelly Pavlik at his peak, Paul Williams when he was called boxing's most feared fighter and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. He deserves respect. But that's not what Miguel Cotto is giving him in anticipation of their June 7 HBO pay-per-view fight at Madison Square Garden.
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January 29, 2009 | Lance Pugmire
Boxer Antonio Margarito was temporarily suspended along with his trainer Javier Capetillo on Wednesday after the California State Athletic Commission announced it found a "foreign substance" in the boxer's hand wraps before his Saturday night loss to Shane Mosley at Staples Center. Margarito and Capetillo have been ordered to appear at a hearing on Feb. 10 in Van Nuys. In the hour before his first title defense as World Boxing Assn.
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December 17, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire, This post has been corrected. See note below.
[For the Record, 4:46 p.m., Tuesday: An earlier version of this post stated that Puerto Rican Indepedence Day takes place on the weekend of June 7. The Puerto Rican Day Parade takes place on that weekend. ] Miguel Cotto's retreat from interest in a bout against Saul “Canelo” Alvarez means another opportunity intrigued him. A chance to claim a fourth different weight-class world title on the weekend of the Puerto Rican Day Parade on June 7 in New York City against middleweight champion Sergio Martinez is that option.
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January 23, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
When it comes to house-hunting, there aren't too many neighborhoods in which welterweight champion Antonio Margarito can't afford to shop. The Mexican boxer will earn $2.3 million for about an hour's work Saturday against Shane Mosley at Staples Center, just slightly more than Margarito got in his last paycheck. And it's certainly enough to get him through the gates of even the most exclusive communities.
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June 7, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Boxer Antonio Margarito, whose career was stained by the 2009 confiscation of plaster inserts inside his hand wraps, announced his retirement Thursday. "After twenty-two years of full dedication to the profession I love, I have decided to announce my retirement from boxing,” Margarito said on his Facebook page. “After thinking broadly and in detail with my family and my team, we have come to the conclusion that it's time to hang my gloves and start a new chapter in my life.
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February 14, 2010
Suspended boxer Antonio Margarito, former world champion at 147 pounds, will not fight in a semi-main event prior to the Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey fight March 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas. Bob Arum of Top Rank, Margarito's promoter, said that Margarito would fight instead on a card May 8 in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Margarito (37-6, 27 KOs) was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission after his upset loss to Shane Mosley at Staples Center in January 2009. Mosley's trainer discovered prior to that fight that Margarito had a plaster-like substance in the hand wraps under his gloves.
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August 31, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
Manny Pacquiao's promoter had just finished railing at those who continue to doubt the honesty of boxer Antonio Margarito, some 18 months after California revoked Margarito's license for nearly taking gloves loaded with plaster inserts into a January 2009 bout at Staples Center against Shane Mosley. "Antonio Margarito did not know those illegal hand wraps were there, and there's not one shred of proof he did," promoter Bob Arum said Tuesday at an event in a packed Beverly Hills Hotel ballroom to promote Margarito's fight against Pacquiao on Nov. 13 in Texas.
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August 18, 2010 | By Lance Pugmire
4:52 p.m.: Antonio Margarito's camp was disappointed by the California State Athletic Commission's decision to not re-issue a license to the boxer. "We're very disappointed in the decision," Margarito attorney Daniel Petrocelli said. Margarito promoter Bob Arum said his office will file an application to gain a license in Texas on Thursday morning. Greg Sirb of the national Assn. Of Boxing Commissions said Margarito is free to apply in any other state to fight later this year, and will likely be viewed in a more favorable light elsewhere because he has followed the ABC request to first return to California before trying to get licensed elsewhere.
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August 26, 2010 | Staff and wire reports
The state of Texas on Thursday issued a boxing license to Antonio Margarito 17 months after California revoked the Mexican boxer's license for nearly taking gloves loaded with plaster inserts into a January 2009 fight at Staples Center. The decision by Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation Executive Director William Kuntz paves the way for Margarito, the former world welterweight champion, to fight Manny Pacquiao for a world super-welterweight belt Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington.
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November 20, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
Some things aren't forgivable. That's the resounding thought that echoes from the video of Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach igniting a confrontation with Brandon Rios' trainer Robert Garcia and conditioning coach Alex Ariza on Wednesday in Macao, China. Roach told me a few months ago that he had come to peace with Rios after the boxer, in a video shot three years ago by Elie Seckbach, mocked the trainer's Parkinson's symptoms with Garcia and then-Pacquiao opponent Antonio Margarito in the scene.
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October 30, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The last time Robert Garcia sent one of his fighters into a ring with Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito was reduced to lying coldly on a gurney, ice packs covering his battered body, one of his eyes permanently damaged. Now, Garcia is in the final weeks of training former world lightweight champion Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23 knockouts) in Oxnard for the 27-year-old's first pay-per-view main event, versus Pacquiao Nov. 23 in Macao. “Three years ago, we had a big opportunity with Antonio Margarito,” Garcia said.
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October 3, 2013 | By Lance Pugmire
The calls for Nevada boxing judge C.J. Ross to vacate her ringside position for good following her Sept. 14 scoring of Floyd Mayweather Jr.-Saul “Canelo” Alvarez as a draw were intense. Ross did indeed step aside days later. Guess who thinks that was a mistake? Timothy Bradley. Bradley, the Palm Springs' world welterweight champion preparing for an Oct. 12 HBO pay-per-view title defense against Mexico's Juan Manuel Marquez in Las Vegas, told The Times during a Thursday training session in Indio that Ross “should've never resigned.” Ross was a crucial advocate in Bradley's stunning June 2012 split-decision victory over Manny Pacquiao.
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December 7, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Manny Pacquiao had sipped only on water all day before weighing in at the welterweight limit of 147 pounds Friday before his fourth fight against Juan Manuel Marquez. So after doing some brief interviews backstage, it was no wonder Pacquiao was in a hurry, jogging to get seated in the middle of a food table where chicken, white and fried rice, hard-boiled eggs, soup, oranges and bananas were laid out. Pacquiao, 33, had just looked his rival squarely in the eyes, Marquez holding the stare until Pacquiao cast his eyes away and walked off. Marquez weighed 143 pounds, the weight the former featherweight champion planned for to maintain crispness and movement with his added punching power.
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September 11, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Little has come easy for Sergio Martinez in life. The 37-year-old emerged from some of the poorest, toughest streets in Argentina to ultimately embrace boxing, grinding through nothing bouts in Buenos Aires around a knockout loss to Antonio Margarito 12 years ago. The southpaw sustained, continuing to develop through a draw and close loss in 2009 to become the Boxing Writers Assn. of America's fighter of the year in 2010 by defeating world middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik and knocking out Paul Williams in the second round.
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June 7, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
LAS VEGAS -- Boxer Antonio Margarito, whose career was stained by the 2009 confiscation of plaster inserts inside his hand wraps, announced his retirement Thursday. "After twenty-two years of full dedication to the profession I love, I have decided to announce my retirement from boxing,” Margarito said on his Facebook page. “After thinking broadly and in detail with my family and my team, we have come to the conclusion that it's time to hang my gloves and start a new chapter in my life.
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May 29, 2012 | By Austin Knoblauch
Boxer Paul Williams was left paralyzed after a Sunday motorcycle crash near Atlanta, and doctors are unsure whether the 30-year-old will be able to walk again. Williams' manager told the Associated Press on Monday that Williams severed his spinal cord and that he cannot move from the waist down. "He's in very good spirits, though," said George Peterson, Williams' trainer. "He still believes he's going to fight again. " Williams crashed while trying to avoid an oncoming car after trying to maneuver away from another car in a lane next to him. Williams, of Aiken, S.C., was in the area to attend his brother's wedding on Sunday afternoon.
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May 16, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
Timothy Bradley has questions to answer about his ability to maintain his speed with seven more pounds on, along with how he will fare under the hot lights of a pay-per-view main event in Las Vegas. The unbeaten Cathedral City boxer readying for his June 9 world welterweight title bout against Manny Pacquiao shrugged off that scrutiny, instead expressing the advantages he'll have over the Filipino superstar who labored to a victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in November. "I can box, I can brawl, I'm well-conditioned -- no one is more conditioned than me," Bradley, 28, said.
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