Maybe Karma Kicked Back At Margarito

Maybe Karma Kicked Back At Margarito – The American people hunger for the bad guy to get their comeuppance in these trying economic times, especially. When you see polls that say that around 70% of Americans polled say this country is not on the right track, much of it has to do with the perception that the system isn’t fair, that there isn’t really liberty and justice for all, but that those ideals are available to a select few. The few, many folks feel, are the ones with the most moolah. Money talks and everything else is walks. “The table is tilted, the game is rigged,” George Carlin used to say.

So I think the Miguel Cotto vs Antonio Margarito tangle which took place at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night resonated that much more to fight fans, whether they consciously saw it through the prism of the times, or not. Anyone who follows the news at all has seen themselves touched by unemployment and outsourcing and seen rampant greed rewarded, and massive fraud by Wall Street banksters and officials elected to govern in the best interest of the masses go unpunished. And so they looked on with a measure of pleasure and satisfaction when the bad guy, the crooked, jerky jockey of pugilism, Antonio Margarito, got his comeuppance.

He got it in the form of a dialed in, sharp, focused Miguel Cotto, fighting his best fight in way too long. He got it all night long, and the satisfaction among watchers grew after a couple rounds, when we saw that the same punches which rattled and sliced up the Puerto Rican in August 2008 bothered him not at all three years later. We speculated as we watched. Or should I say, some of us speculated. Others pondered not at all; they didn’t entertain the notion that maybe Margarito had just faded, that he reached his mileage wall, that three eye surgeries in six months and a Manny Pacquiao beating had left him as shell of his former self. No, many if not most saw what they saw at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night and interpreted it as a jury hears DNA evidence. They decided then and there, if they hadn’t already, back when Tony offered the (slightly, or wildly, take your pick) implausible denial when hardened gauze pads were taken out of his gloves before he was to meet Shane Mosley in January 2009, that the man was guilty. They didn’t need him to confess, or see a videotape of him in action, red-handed. There was no reasonable doubt to them. Tony Margarito was a cheater who got what he had coming to him, and they applauded the co-judge, the jury, the executioner in Miguel Cotto for his expeditious handling of the trial.

Anyone wanting the whole nine from this affair, anyone hoping that Margarito would have a conscience beaten into him, would be disappointed. He didn’t take to the podium at the postfight presser, and admit that he’d used foreign objects before the Mosley fight, and in fact, used illegal aids against Cotto in 2008. He didn’t even do this in subtle fashion, hinting at an admission, by lauding Cotto for his effort, for telling the world that the Puerto Rican was the better man on this night. No, he stuck to his story that his ex trainer made a mistake by inserting pads to be used in gym workouts instead of fresh, clean ones, free of elements that make up plaster. He stuck to his guns, as it were, that Cotto hit like a girl. He was, to those that really find Margarito a vile character who earned a lifetime ban from the sport, a death row inmate who was convicted, and sent to the execution chamber, and flipped those monitoring the execution the bird.

Margarito, I’m pretty sure, will never give Cotto and anyone else seeking it the satisfaction of admitting he used foreign objects to aid his punching power. (Let me take this time, all these paragraphs in, to offer the competing storyline that the Mosley-wrap situation was in fact an aberration, that Javier Capetillo is the bad actor here, the only one. That might be the case. That strikes most as implausible if not ludicrous. So, if this scenario is so,  Margarito has gotten a raw deal from anyone judging him harshly, in assuming he has a track record of misbehavior. And in that case, he should probably be more than a bit irked at Mr. Capetillo, because then it was his negligence which resulted in the harm to Margarito’s reputation…but the boxer hasn’t taken aim at the former trainer for his carelessness, strangely. Sigh…more circumstantial evidence tars Margarito.) Tony would prefer Miguel hold on to a degree of uncertainty in his mind, allow every now and again for the possibility that he was beaten fair and square, and made to submit and quit, by a better man, not a bad man with loaded gloves on.

Anyone holding out hope that the grinning Grinch will get a heart and conscience transplant, and admit his complicity in the caper pinned on Capetillo will not be rewarded, I don’t think. As I said to Steve Farhood post-fight in this Boxing Channel video, the Wrap Flap will be this generation’s JFK assassination. We will talk about the evidence and wonder who was in on it, for decades to come.

People who think Margarito wasn’t punished sufficiently should be cheered up by the fact that the boxer has reached close to the end of his line. At 154 pounds, he is slow of foot and not fast enough of hand to give anyone above B-status much trouble, I’d say. His chin is his greatest asset, and that asset may well turn into a net loser in decades to come, because his chin will enable Margarito to eke out a few more fights as a gatekeeper, a resume padder. The bad guy went down on Saturday night, and some of you will likely be cheered that his career will most likely continue on a downward trajectory. You might be of the belief that karma is kicking in.


-the Roast :

Justice was served. Cheato gets beato!!!!!

-brownsugar :

Yeah it was Karmic in the sense that some minimal justice was meted out.(Cotto' win, but Margarito still got a payday) If you remember Cotto was well on the way to beating him the first time they fought except he was lacking a few simple moves that he rarely had to use in the ring before (like clinching and circling). The fact that Margo was extremely verbal during the pre-fight alerted me to the fact that he was possibly trying to overcompensate for the faded skills that seemed to have deserted him like a home-wrecking one-night-stand after his hand wrap techniques underwent international scrutiny. Real Karma would be if Margarito's millions suddenly went up in flames. Or if he went blind in that eye... but I'll settle for a Cotto victory.

-amayseng :

marg definitely used loaded gloves, you can tell by his actions and words during the buildup to the rematch...he was always defensive, called cotto a crybaby and responded with irrelevant statements... like when they asked him why he thought cotto would really believe he used them, marg responded saying all cotto does is cry and why does he take it personally.. uh, maybe he takes it personally because marg put his life in jeopardy, the man has children, of course he took it mad... if marg was clean he would have plead with cotto to tell him he never used anything and in the shane fight he was truly unaware of his trainer slipping in illegal pads... if he was honest and didnt use them he would have acted like that, he acted guilty, like a teenager who got caught... cotto put on a boxing lesson and battered marg in the rematch, sweeping all rounds and pinged margs head all over the place, not to mention, and i cant believe everyone missed it, that marg even let out a scream like a biiiiitch after getting hit with an uppercut that staggered his legs.. thats embarrassing

-DaveB :

I would have liked to have seen Cotto go to Margarito's body. He would have probably got a total stoppage by dumping Margarito on his butt and Margarito couldn't have used the hollow excuse that he was on his way to stopping Cotto like he did in the first fight. But I'll take this. All's good as long as Cotto won, which he was and did.

-brownsugar :

I heard Mulvaney say the 21,000 strong Pueto Rican crowd burst into a Party after the fight. Cotto has Mosely to thank for proving that Margarito was human after all..... and also the referee who let Mosely fire off 19 or 20 unanswered haymakers against Margarito's dome before halting the fight..... Also Manny Pac gets credit for creating an Achillese Heel on Margarito's eye. Even without the softening up of Margarito and his year long exile from the sport... I think Cotto still beats him,.. but just barely.

-the Roast :

Take away the handwraps and Cheato isnt so tough, apparently. The man's whole career is in doubt. Tainted. Nobody likes a cheater. Funny how Shane tore him apart right after they found those hardened inserts.

-dino da vinci :

How that didn't warrant a lifetime ban is beyond me. And you can add Tyson biting off a piece of Holyfield's ear to that as well.