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Margarito Unfiltered: "I Am a Clean Fighter"


(Editor's Note: On May 8, Antonio "The Tijuana Tornado" Margarito returns to the ring for the first time in more than a year to fight Roberto Garcia. "Margarito Unfiltered" is a five-part interview series that presents Margarito's thoughts on a range of subjects in the lead up to the former champ's comeback bout in Aguascalientes. Mexico.)

Antonio Margarito has had a lot of time to reflect on his life and career over the past year. The former welterweight champ has been particularly focused on imagining what it will be like once he returns. In this first of five interviews, Margarito discusses the topsy-turvy emotional experience of his lost year in boxing.

"I am a clean fighter, and I have proved it. And that's what most hurts: that a lot of people don't know me and speak...without knowing. That is what has really annoyed me. But I know that a lot of people are with me, and a lot of people believe in me. I want to thank all those people. I want to come back again, and I want to show people that, well, really I am quite a clean fighter and the truth is that I am going to prove that.

"I missed the people. I missed getting into the ring, and I am happy to get back into the ring. I am happy for [Top Rank founder] Bob Arum to give me the opportunity to prove that we are ready.

"I thank the fans and the public for all their support. All Mexico, all the fans in Los Angeles - I want to thank them. That is what I missed most: dedicating my triumphs to them, as I always have done."

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