Antonio Margarito (38-8-0, 27 KOs) of Mexico is on the comeback trail and will be fighting for the first time since a 2011 defeat to Puerto Rican rival Miguel Cotto. The veteran pugilist will face unheralded Jorge Paez Jr. on March 5 but took time to discuss about his past fights and rivals on top of the squared ring.
Margarito’s illustrious career has given him the opportunity to lace it up and face the all-time greats in his generation. This includes late-career battles against Cotto (twice), Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley.
For the latter two, Margarito gave the best compliments, calling Pacquiao the fastest fighter; and Mosley as the best overall fighter he has ever faced. Margarito also talked about regretting not facing Oscar De La Hoya and also praised Miguel Cotto as the fighter with the best skills.
Margarito on Mosley:
Shane could definitely move. He never allowed himself to be cornered.
Shane had it all – hand speed, footwork, punch, defense – and he could take a punch.
Margarito on Pacquiao:
I tried countering and timing Manny but his hand speed made it difficult to do so.
I have to say Manny’s punch was big for a small fighter.
Margarito on Cotto:
No too many fighters go into a fight with a game plan and stick to it like Miguel.
Miguel was destined for success. With his amateur background, financial backing, and promotional support, Miguel had everything a fighter needs to make it easier for him to develop. You only grow as a fighter if your skills grow.
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