Boxing was Margarito’s way of moving out of poverty. After a brief amateur career wherein he only rack 21 fights he decided to turn pro he had lost twice before piling up 20 straight wins. He was considered the dark horse of the welterweight division.
Oscar De La Hoya, Sugar Shane Mosley, Floyd Mayweather, Fernando Vargas and Ricardo Mayorga have one thing in common they both shun a fight against Margarito He’s too good and too risky for a fight. Margarito can take punches and has a granite chin a pressure puncher who breaks down opponents round by round he was deserted by many marquee fighters because he doesn’t have much to offer on the table.
Kermit Cintron challenge Margarito and proved how good Antonio is. He dissected Kermit knocking him on the fifth round after dropping him four times on the fight. Paul Williams won a unanimous decision against Margarito which was hotly contested. He lost his title but went on for redemption against a rematch with Kermit for the IBF belt wherein he knocks Cintron out with a liver shot in the sixth round.
The win paved way for a Miguel Cotto fight the best fight in the welterweight division.
Cotto was the favorite coming into the fight. But Margarito knew that this is his time to shine he wouldn’t let it slip away. Cotto was his usual self punishing Margarito in the early rounds but Margarito catching Cotto’s punch and retaliating with a smile was still on his feet moving forward and getting stronger by the round. Nobody thought he will come out victorious but himself his determination and relentless pressure gave Miguel Cotto his first defeat as he took a knee in the 11th round making Margarito the IBF and WBA welterweight champion.
Margarito will not have trouble finding quality fights anymore. Fighters will line up against Antonio and the once avoided fighter will have to defend his title and challenge the best on his division. Megafights will come knocking on his door and a rematch with Paul Williams will be likely be made early next year. There’s a reason he was being avoided it’s because they knew how good Margarito is. Poverty made Margarito what he is today and his patience and determination made him on the top.
The Tijuana Tornado will be back again… he has been living in the shadow of the limelight but now his shining brighter than ever. Kudos to you!