Former world champion Antonio Margarito is getting itchy feet in retirement as a return to the ring moves closer to reality for the tough Mexican.
The controversial 37 year-old bowed out of the sport in 2011 following a one-sided humbling by old foe Miguel Cotto and was advised by doctors against fighting at the time due to a recurring injury in his right eye that constantly hampered his vision.
This was the case in the Cotto fight as the current WBC middleweight title holder gained revenge for his loss to Margarito at the MGM Grand back in 2008 – which was tainted in the aftermath due to a glove-tampering scandal.
Margarito has recently been training with Raul Robles in a bid to assess his fitness for a potential comeback, which ‘Tony’ told ESPN that he is 90% certain will happen and take place at super welterweight or middleweight.
“I need to talk to my family, I have an itch,” Margarito explained to ESPN Deportes. “I have seen how this dude (Daniel Geale) fought Cotto and I could do better retired. I thought yes because my eye is one hundred percent, but I need to talk it over with my family first.
“Right now, I’m up to 175 pounds, but I need to get down to 154 or 160 pounds as they are the most interesting divisions. The most important thing here is that of my eye, but I’m fine and my doctor gave me the green light to fight.
“Obviously I’d like to go to the elite and I’ll fight anyone, Cotto, Canelo, whoever they say is the best, but before I return to fight, I have to make sure it does not seem like a crazy idea and that me and my family feel good in all aspects.
“Now that Cotto has been able to fight (at middleweight) and they say now with Freddie Roach he is a monster, let’s see, let me make a fight and see if it’s true,” added Margarito.