“The Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito announced his retirement in a press release to “family, friends and fans” Thursday afternoon.
“After 22 years of full dedication to the profession I love, I have made the decision to announce my retirement from boxing,” said Margarito, 34.
Margarito (38-8, 27 KOs), an utter scumbag who last fought when he was brutally bloodied and battered by former WBA world light-welterweight champion Miguel Cotto in their bitter December rematch before an electric crowd of 21,239 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, continued his pointless farewell.
“After much thought and extended conversations with my family and team, we have all agreed that the time to hang up my gloves and begin a new chapter in life has arrived. I always told my family and team that I would walk away from boxing when I felt I could no longer compete at the level I believed I needed to be, in order to be successful. Although the passion and drive are still there, I have to accept that my time to walk away has arrived.”
In their initial prizefight in July 2008, the despicable Margarito controversially, and likely criminally, beat Cotto (37-3, 30 KOs) by a savage 11th round TKO.
Roughly seven months after his epic battle with Cotto, Margarito had his boxing license justifiably revoked by the California State Athletic Commission in February 2009 after it was discovered that he attempted to scrap former three-division titlist “Sugar” Shane Mosley with a plaster-like substance inside of his hand wraps.
Thankfully, “Margacheato” was caught and proven to be a cowardly charlatan by officials at the Staples Center in Los Angeles before the match began and he had the opportunity to gravely injure Mosley (46-8-1-1, 39 KOs) with his cement fists.
Cotto, who was a visibly different individual after Margarito hit him a few hundred times with cinder blocks, lost his second fight as a professional by a brutal 12th round TKO to Manny “Pac-Man” Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) in November 2009.
Roger “Pitt” Perron is a respected boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron was thrilled by the outcome and immediately remarked following the wintertime bout, “I’m glad Cotto beat his a$$.”
“The cheater (Margarito) got what he deserved,” said Perron, 75, who worked with Marvelous Marvin Hagler. “I hear that he is all done fighting. Good riddance. He’s a piece of Sh!”
Inside or outside of the squared circle, “The Tijuana Tornado” will always remain “a piece of Sh!”
From the very instant Antonio Margarito realized the “time to walk away has arrived,” boxing became a more reputable sport.