Nov 29, 3 years ago

Fight Photos: Margarito smiles, poses and pummels the speed bag at Kingsway

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.

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Entrance to the boxing club and fitness centre. The promoter of the show Bob Arum (in his younger days) is on the wall

The arrival of Tony together with a moving mass of media. Margarito remained in his sunglasses for the session

Currently 38-7-0, 27ko, Margarito is eager to bounce back from brutal defeat to Pacquiao by trumping Cotto again

Muscle man pose. Trainer Robert Garcia is delighted with his charge's dedication in returning to peak fight fitness

Media members and their camera crews hound around Tony and Team Margarito inside the Kingsway

Margarito's work on the speed bag was solely for the benefit of the press, rather than for working up a sweat

Garcia could guarantee Trainer of the Year prize with a win over Miguel

“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.

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