November 20, 2013 |
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.
October 30, 2013 |
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.
October 3, 2013 |
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.
December 7, 2012 |
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.
September 11, 2012 |
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.
June 7, 2012 |
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.