The Art of War: On The Merit of Roach’s Persistent Assertion on The Infamous Margarito Hand Wraps

Antonio Margarito’s former coach, Javier Capetillo, admitted such a gross boxing misconduct but on the pretext of accidentally doing it, all the while protecting his fighter from boxing ignominy.  To date the sturdy Mexican welterweight fighter vehemently maintains his claim to innocence; notwithstanding he was banned from professional practice of his sport in the United States by the California Athletic Commission, resulting to his year-long inactivity until the fairly lenient state of Texas allowed him to reacquire his license paving the way to the currently anticipated fight with the Filipino stalwart, Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2,38 KO’s); the fight taking place at the magnificent Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, U.S.A.

In due course, the issue on Antonio Margarito, age 32, whether he had the complete upper hand on the crime expectedly popped up and became the talk of the town again, immensely awhile during the week-long opening public broadcast of his gigantic fight with the historic seven world title holder in as many divisions. Margarito, the former IBF, WBO and WBA welterweight world champion, persisted to refuse personal involvement, evidently. Now, as far as the boxing public is concerned, light has been thrown into it in an extensive sequence of media releases – print and electronic, that team Pacquiao is of the strong and decided belief that Margarito himself was well-aware of the infamous ‘stony Plaster of Paris’ wrapping his hands during his January 24, 2009 encounter with Shane Mosley whereat the beleaguered ‘Tijuana Tornado’ suffered a humiliating knockout defeat.  

 Aside from the prodigious recognition and financial gravity allied to a doable win over the pound -for – pound king and widely recognized as the greatest fighter of the current generation, to whomever case, Margarito plucks up extra motivation from his predicament brought forth by the Mosley fight.  It is no uncertain belief of him that in the event he beats up Pacquiao in a fight devoid of contentious circumstances – unlawfully manufactured advantages in particular – the stinging bite of his issue on illegal hand wraps is given to fall off the minds of many.  His most prominent win – prior to the Mosley fight – against the erstwhile undefeated fellow welterweight Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico was put into question thereafter the Mosley incident.  For obvious reason, a victory over the ‘Pacman’ is Margarito’s strong statement in defense of himself against the people’s prevalent theory questioning the integrity of his whole ring achievements.

 Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s celebrated American boxing teacher for over a decade, is no dim-witted not to brood over, seriously, this one impetus of Margarito reporting to the battle. Roach, a four-time trainer of the year by the Boxing Writers Association of America, and the entire Pacquiao squad definitely know they ought to carry out something   aimed to offset Margarito’s apparent mental advantage. In boxing as in any warfare, the psychological status of the combatants has contributed to countless triumphs and defeats. At this point in time Margarito appears to have the edge in the mental aspect.

To address such a serious concern, Roach, indeed, is a sagely general in the field of pugilistic warfare. In the most recent interview with Robert Morales of, he went further as to declare without qualms, “You have a fu****g rock in your hand, you know it.”  “Against (Daniel) Santos and Paul Williams and so forth, he doesn’t look like he’s that big a puncher. Against (Kermit) Cintron and (Miguel) Cotto, something was different.”  Francisco Espinosa, co-manager of Antonio Margarito, irked, told, “I don’t know what’s wrong with this guy.” He’s talking too much. At first we took it as a joke, but he continues saying things. What his problem?”

Matter of truth is, Roach got no big problem; he simply wants to irritate Margarito (38-6, 27KO’s); thus cleverly manipulating the native of Tijuana, Mexico, so much so that his current psychological motivation will end up working against him, and most probably, hurl him to an early downfall come fight night with the 32-year old boxing wizard from General Santos City, Philippines. One curios thing to fancy about, Roach, should be one of the millions who have avidly explored the treasures of “The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. “If your enemy is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him,” is one of the riches found in the book; the wisdom of which appears to inspire Roach’s rather unpleasant take on the infamous issue associated to Margarito.