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Freddie Roach: “Antonio Margarito Should’ve Been Charged”

Freddie Roach does not think highly of Antonio Margarito. In a recent interview, Manny Pacquiao’s trainer took his gloves off and told AOL Fanhouse that he thought Antonio Margarito should have been criminally charged with attempted murder after the Mexican fighter was discovered with plaster under his wraps prior to his fight against “Sugar” Shane Mosley.

Quite frankly, these fighting words sound like nothing more than psychological warfare. If Roach and Pacquiao were really distrustful of Margarito, why give him a chance at redemption? Freddie Roach is a smart guy. He knows that the Mexican boxer is the biggest fighter Pacquiao has faced and that probably has him a little worried. Why not take any opportunity to take verbal jabs at Margarito and derail him before he even enters the ring against Pac-Man?

We’ve always thought of Roach as a classy guy. That’s why we think these claims are a little below the belt, especially when his own boxer is not without controversy. As you’re all aware, a fight between Pacquiao and the undefeated Floyd Mayweather never materialized because the latter wouldn’t budge on drug testing protocol. This lead Mayweather to make accusations that Pacquiao was juicing. Were these claims false? Probably, but Manny didn’t do himself any favors by not agreeing.

The point we’re trying to make is that Roach comes off as a moralistic douchebag for trying to paint Margarito as the villain. This isn’t a fight between good (Pacquiao) and evil (Margarito). It’s a match between two really good boxers with something to prove. You can watch the full video below:

via Fanhouse

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