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Ever since the biggest win of his storied 14-year pro career over Puerto Rico's Miguel Cotto this past July, WBA welterweight super champion Antonio Margarito (37-5, 27 KOs) has been logging in the frequent flyer miles travelling all over the western hemisphere to various fight cards in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico and Mexico City, and boxing events including the WBA annual convention in the Dominican Republic.

Along the way, he has met thousands of fans whom he does not hesitate to attend with a smile, an autograph and a photo opportunity.

"The truth is, the fans have treated me very well," says Margarito. "Whereever I go, the fans are happy to see me and that makes me happy. I am glad I am in the position that I am in that I have demonstrated who I am, and to keep showing the fans that I will be a champion for a long time."

A week after his eleventh round stoppage of the former undefeated Cotto, Margarito was in Las Vegas to take in the championship bout for the IBF title he vacated between Zab Judah and Joshua Clottey. Clottey stopped Judah in the ninth and it was rumored that, with the win, Clottey had set up a rematch with the only man that has beaten him in the last seven years. The bout never materialized.

"What happened was, they offered me that fight but I told Top Rank that I wouldn't be ready until December," explains Margarito. " Since I have been traveling, I haven't been training, so I asked if we could do it in December but there wasn't any TV dates. It wasn't to be, so now we have a date for the end of January--we don't have an exact date but it's for the end of January."

On his last trip, Margarito traveled to the Caribbean nation of the Dominican Republic to receive his new belt and title of super champion from the World Boxing Association, as part of their annual convention. It was a ceremony that brings a smile to his face when mentioned.

"I am very happy," says Margarito. " Supposedly, that belt was for Cotto. That is how they had it planned, but I won the belt with my will and now I am the super champion."

With all his promotional obligations squared away, Margarito now has to concentrate on that date at the end of January. The fighter at the top of the list is 37 year old Shane Mosley.

"That is the fight that is being negotiated, but we have to wait to see if it will be against Mosley," says Margarito.

Within his travels, Margarito sat ringside for Mosley's KO of Ricardo Mayorga this past September, a performance that impressed the "Tijuana Tornado."

"Mosley demonstrated once again that he is a good fighter," says Margarito. " I think he did great in that fight."

While many boxing critics believed that Cotto's speed and boxing skill would be too much for the Mexican warrior, Margarito proved the ringside pundits wrong as he was able to systematically slow down the Puerto Rican. It's a strategy that Margarito feels would work against his next possible opponent.

"Their styles are very similar," he says. "I think that Mosley is a little faster than Cotto but we will work hard and come up with a good strategy for Mosley."

As always, Margarito does not take anything for granted. He does not believe that Mosley's speed is the only variable he needs to be ready for.

"No, I have to be ready for everything in the ring. We know that he is a fighter with a lot of experience but we will have a good strategy for whatever he brings."

But just as Margarito prepares for everything inside the ring, he is also ready for everything outside of it, including the chance of meeting inside the squared circle his last opponent.

"They have mentioned the possibility that if a fight against Mosley couldn't be made it, would be the rematch against Cotto. I am willing to grant the rematch. I just have to wait and see what my promoter Top Rank says.

"I am ready for anything, I am an employee of the company and if they want to do the rematch, we are ready."
 

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The only thing about this I dont like is the "super champion" ****.

That will only open the landscapre for another titleholder, this time, the "regular" wba champion.
 

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The only thing about this I don't like is the "super champion" ****.

That will only open the landscape for another titleholder, this time, the "regular" wba champion.
You're right there Mega, the system is crap. Still, at least fans know who the real champion is.
 

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Can't wait to see the "Tornado" back in action. People say boxing needs M*********. I say **** him, we've got Margarito. I was just thinking about how much fun I had watching his fight with Cotto on TV. Probably the most of any fight this year. Contrast that with Saturday night seeing Pavlik in person where I was miserable. I miss that enjoyment. Margarito/Mosley would surely provide all of us with that.
 

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Can't wait to see the "Tornado" back in action. People say boxing needs M*********. I say **** him, we've got Margarito. I was just thinking about how much fun I had watching his fight with Cotto on TV. Probably the most of any fight this year. Contrast that with Saturday night seeing Pavlik in person where I was miserable. I miss that enjoyment. Margarito/Mosley would surely provide all of us with that.
It sure would. A potential FOTY.
 

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It sure would. A potential FOTY.
Thats what I like about Tony Margarito, Bernard Hopkins etc They came up the hard way never got any free passes, they'll fight anyone. No prima donna's here LOL
 

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You're right there Mega, the system is crap. Still, at least fans know who the real champion is.
That's the problem, they don't, the only ones that do are the ones that consistently follow boxing. Fans don't know who the real champ in any division is even when Roy had like 7 belts regional belts and all at 175 Dariusz could still call himself a champion.

Margarito was stripped before the fight outside of the ring, so I can understand the logic of that fight being called a unification. But like Mega said it only opens the door for the regular title bullshitt where a European or Asian can take that title hostage. Just the premise of that shitt is corrupt to the fukking core.
 

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mosley will defenetly jump at the chance to take on Margarito, unfortunately it should be his last fight , I'm afraid he's in for one frightful beating, he would have gave Margarito fits 3-or 4 years ago but know I don't think so unless he pulls a Bernard and does'nt stand still......
 

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mosley will defenetly jump at the chance to take on Margarito, unfortunately it should be his last fight , I'm afraid he's in for one frightful beating, he would have gave Margarito fits 3-or 4 years ago but know I don't think so unless he pulls a Bernard and does'nt stand still......
I completely agree. I think Mosley will get beat up badly if they fight. I don't want see that happen to a great fighter like Mosley
 

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Give me time. The fight has to get signed first, and I have to follow everything about what Shane is doing.
The fight is not even close to a definite yet. HBO needs to shell that paper for this fukking fight, if not, put this shitt on PPV.

And you already know what Shane is gonna do, he's a gym rat.
 

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The fight is not even close to a definite yet. HBO needs to shell that paper for this fukking fight, if not, put this shitt on PPV.

And you already know what Shane is gonna do, he's a gym rat.
I know. I have followed Shane even more than I ever followed Floyd, which is hard to believe. There are just subtle things that I follow with him that usually let me know a lot about what is to come. I am not anywhere near ready to say that (due to the performance against Mayorga) he is past it like he looked against Mayorga. You know what I attribute that to.
 

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I know. I have followed Shane even more than I ever followed Floyd, which is hard to believe. There are just subtle things that I follow with him that usually let me know a lot about what is to come. I am not anywhere near ready to say that (due to the performance against Mayorga) he is past it like he looked against Mayorga. You know what I attribute that to.
Yep, I'll never rule out Mosley winning against anyone in or around his weightclass, but I think Margarito will continue to show his class and prove his style and will is too much for him right now.
 
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