Antonio Margarito: To be, or not to be…

I’ve been reading up on boxing news and found out Margarito’s “suspension” is officially over.  So here it comes:  should he be re-instated or not?  At the time when he was found out I was very angry and felt cheated.  I felt he deserved a lifetime ban.  However, after some time has passed, and the welterweight has had it’s up’s and down’s since Floyd Mayweather has come out of retirement, I now feel we should forgive Margarito and let him work his way up the ranks. Actually this has nothing to do with repentence or forgiveness-  the sport needs him.  The welterweight division needs him.  We got Floyd changing up the dynamics and officially STOPPING the best welterweights from fighting each other because he talks so much and fights so little and has such a high price tag. At one time Cotto-Margarito 2 was the biggest fight to be made and Floyd was safely retired with is perfect 40-0 record in the bag and snug in his belief that he was gone from the sport and that he was the best (of his era?  of all time?).  This void that Floyd left was quickly filled with Manny Pacquiao at 147 and 140, Cotto, Collazo, Williams, Clottey, Collazo, and Berto taking on the toughest fights and each other.  However, since Floyd has come in the picture he broke the chain of the best fighters fighting each other and for the past year since his retirement he forced Shane out of the negotiating table.  Shane Mosley is the best welterweight in the world, and in the past year he could not get a fight with Floyd, Manny, Cotto, Clottey, nor Berto.  I blame Floyd for this dynamic. He holds up fights with his posturing and negotiating, he blows up small events into bigger fights than they are (Mayweather vs. Marquez, Mayweather vs. Oscar), and he gets other fighters to lose focus on the toughest fights and for them to get in line to fight him.  Margarito would change all of that b/c despite how I feel about him, he’s fearless and fights anyone in front of him (Williams, Clottey, Cotto, and Mosley – a better resume than Floyd’s whole career).  Margarito is another fighter who’s on the verge of superstar status (again) if he can claim a couple victories and then set up a mega fight.  The welterweights can then stop funneling in line to fight Pacquiao or Mosley and Margarito, the new factor will create super fights OUTSIDE of only Pacquiao and Mayweather.  In addition, I believe that Margarito could beat Floyd b/c he never stops coming forward, has a cast iron chin, and doesn’t stop throwing punches.  Floyd’s hands are brittle and his output minimal, he’ll never throw enough to get Margarito off of hi for 12 rounds:  translation:  Floyd could NEVER do what Shane did.  Even if Floyd could beat Shane, it does not mean he would beat Margarito nor Cotto, and before anyone is too quick to call Floyd the best if he were to beat Shane, compare his career to shane, and observe whether or not you could claim Floyd the best b/c he fought one or two good fighters as opposed to Shane’s one or two dozen great fighters.  It doesn’t add up, but for the most part, I’mgoing to cheer for Shane to knock out Floyd.  Next to Pacquiao, Shane’s the most able fighter to end Floyd’s winning streak and Floyd would then stop worrying about padding his record and decide to fight the best, yes, ALL of THEM fo’ sho!  Holler!

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