Antonio Margarito is on the brink of losing his career. After his disappointing loss to Shane Mosley the Nevada commission is suspending Margarito’s license for an indefinite period of time he was suspected of an illegal hand wrapping and was putting a substance believed to be called the plaster of Paris which could harden like cement and is hard in the outside but flexible in the inside. It’s like being hit with tons of bricks in the head and could permanently damage or even death to a helpless boxer.
This is not the first incident of illegal hand wrapping in the history of boxing. We all remember the Billy Collins Jr. and Luis Resto fight in 1983 wherein the undefeated Collins went into the fight and after 10 grueling rounds his face was a grotesque figure and was beaten hands down by Resto. When they shook hands Collins father who serves as his trainer notice how hard Resto’s fist was. He ordered an investigation and was found out that Resto and his trainer was using the illegal plaster of Paris.
Collins Jr. ended his career in a bad note and was suffering from depression. He never again set foot to the ring and ended his life in a tragic car accident.
The hardest part in losing is when you know you are being cheated. The damage has been done and there’s no turning back. Collins could have been a world champion and perhaps earn more money and have a decent family but all was taken in that evening.
What if Margarito fought Mosley and left his illegal wrap unnoticed? Shane could have been in serious trouble and at age 37 his wear and tear could clearly affect him…His recovery would not be that fast like when he was still in his prime and Margarito could have killed him in the ring.
I always have a soft spot for boxers who fought their way out of poverty and Margarito is one of them he have been part of my pound per pound greats but what he did regardless of whom and who made the wrapping still he is part to be blame. He should have thought about the consequences. His credibility is now a question and his boxing career is now on jeopardy… Taking away Margarito’s license could end his dreams of fighting marquee boxers like Pacquiao and Mayweather and earn more money before retiring.
Taking away boxing licenses can be quite too harsh but taking away life for the purpose of winning is never acceptable. Life is too precious… Margarito’s boxing days might be over but at least he still has a life time to think about his mistakes.