Just when it seemed Antonio Margarito was rehabilitating his image, a video turns up on YouTube of Margarito and fellow fighter Brandon Rios mocking Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach. In the video, Margarito and Rios are shown shaking while imitating Roach, who has Parkinson's disease.
The subject came up at yesterday's final pre-fight news conference. According to The Associated Press, Margarito's trainer, Robert Garcia, said, "This was nothing personal. Nothing to do with his disease," Garcia said. "I apologize for people who think we are making fun of people with that disease. These guys were just going back at Freddie. They were making fun of Freddie Roach but nothing to do with the disease."
According to the same report, Roach said, "[Garcia] certainly didn't apologize. There was no apology. It is unreal that they said they didn't know I have Parkinson's. Everyone in the world knows I have Parkinson's. He is trying to cover it up. I won't speak to him ever in my life."
Garcia also added, "I apologize for what my fighters did. After the fight I am going to do it. But right now we are enemies because we got two fighters and I want to win the fight and he wants to win. Win or lose I am going to go up to Freddie Roach and apologize."
We saw the video on YouTube, but will not link to it. It's reprehensible.