All Pictures: Stacey Verbeek – Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, Dallas
‘Super’ WBA super welterweight world championship challenger Antonio Margarito spent more time posing for pictures than he did working out during a media day at Kingsway Gym in midtown Manhattan in New York City yesterday, Monday. The Mexican warrior, granted a license to box in the state by the respective athletic commission a matter of days ago, takes on reigning 154lb titlist Miguel Cotto at the Madison Square Garden on Saturday, December 3.
“We have a great relationship,” said Garcia to The Ring during a recent Q and A. “Not only as boxer and trainer but also as friends. Not only from what he has told me, but just being in the gym with him.”
Since returning from the handwrap scandal that saw his license to box temporarily revoked, Margarito has not shone like his former pomp, however, Garcia believes he is set to recapture his prime form.
“He has the will, and he has the motivation and he has the desire to do it again,” said the coach. “He’s telling me all of the time that he wants to do it again and that he wants to be champion again.
“Tony is training and he’s happy and he’s working so hard. That in itself tells me that he’s ready. There is nothing negative in his mind. He’s happy and very positive every day. He’s enjoying it and telling me every day that this is one of the best training camps that he’s ever had.
“We’re ready to go,” Garcia concluded.