By Steve Kim
For better or worse, former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito will fight on. On March 5th he made his return to the ring after more than four years away from the sport and struggled mightily in defeating Jorge Paez Jr, winning a ten round decision(while getting floored in the process). Then on August 13th he looked a tad better in beating Roman Alvarez.
As for the future?
Sergio Diaz, the co-manager of Margarito, tells BoxingScene.com - "We're going to be discussing another date later this month. He wanted to fight in December but December the 3rd (Julio Cesar) Chavez Jr. was supposed to fight, 'Triple G'( Gennady Golovkin) on the 10th and then the (Orlando)Salido fight on the 17th and by the time everything got moved around, Salido got hurt, Chavez Jr. moved to the 10th because Golovkin moved, it was already too late to put something together."
Diaz believes that 'the Tijuana Tornado' will return sometime in "late February, early March."
Margarito (40-8, 27 KO's) is now 38 years old and is really just a shell of what he once was. Just how much longer does he want to continue on? What is really out there for him?
"At this point of his career he's not really going after anybody, yes, he's mentioned some names and if it happens, it happens. But right now he's fighting and really hoping to get a big fight. If not, he's already mentioned to me,'Sergio, I'm not going to be fighting forever. If nothing happens I'm just going to hang up the gloves and retire," Diaz states.
The sense is that if something significant doesn't materialize by 2017, well, it may be time to call it quits for good.
"I believe if something big is going to happen, it's going to happen next year. If not, it's not going to happen. He's probably going to say,'Nothing's going to happen, it's taking too long. It's time to hang'em up,'" Diaz said.
Steve Kim is the news editor for BoxingScene.com.