THE NEW YORK STATE ATHLETIC COMMISSION TRIED TO POP MY BIG RED HAPPINESS BALLOON

The nerve of some people.

Less than two weeks away from the Antonio Margarito vs Miguel Cotto rematch, the good folks at the NYSAC almost canceled the fight. Seems there is still some consternation about licensing Margarito in the aftermath of the broken orbital bone he suffered at the hands (gloves?) of Manny Pacquaio a year ago.

Can hardly say I blame them, given the fact that Pac Man almost succeeded in tearing the poor guys’ eye from his face.

I’m torn on this one. One the hand, I’m in completely head-over-heels in love with the build-up to this fight (as detailed here). On the other, as big as a dick as I consider Margarito to be, I hardly wish permanent injury or blindness on the guy.

One year and two surgeries later, the question of whether he can even see out of that thing is a question worth asking. Indeed, not allowing Margarito to fight a guy who is likely going to spend twelve rounds trying to finish what Manny started is something I could hardly blame the New York commission for pondering, even if it means robbing me of a fight I’m chomping at the bit to see.

Thankfully, they’ve gone ahead and decided to license Margarito for the fight, and whether you think this is about principle or the prospect of losing a mulit-million dollar fight to another venue (The Pepsi Center in Denver had already expressed an interest in hosting) is probably beside the point. Me, I’d like to think it’s a bit of both, but I’m hardly naive enough to think that money isn’t ruling the day here.

And so for better or for worse, the fight will likely take place as planned, and as happy as that makes me, I’d be even happier if I knew Margarito’s eye was actually up to snuff.

I guess we’ll have to wait until December 3rd to know for sure.

-John Hathwell

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