Mocking Video raises ire of Pacquiao camp
ARLINGTON, Texas — The camp of Antonio Margarito was apologizing Wednesday, just days before the fighter gets into the ring against Manny Pacquiao in a junior middleweight bout.
A video interview posted by Elie Seckbach of FanHouse raced across the Internet. In it, Margarito and Brandon Rios, both of whom are trained by Robert Garcia, appear to mock the Parkinson's disease of Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach.
"This was nothing to do with the disease that Freddie Roach has. We know it's something that we don't wish nobody," Garcia said during a news conference at Cowboys Stadium.
In the video, Margarito makes a twisted face and raises a shaking hand before the camera pans to Rios, who also makes faces and stutters.
The video has since been edited to remove Rios and make it appear as though Margarito is doing a scared impression of Roach, who has questioned Margarito's integrity after a hand-wrapping scandal two years ago.
"They're so disrespectful to me and the hand pad issues. … It's like a slap in the face, like, 'We got caught with something, but we're still here fighting.' I think it shows his true character," Roach said.
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Powerboats: Mark Granet and Rich Wyatt took first place in the Superboat Unlimited class in the first of three races that comprise the Key West World Championship. Racing continues Friday, with the finals set for Sunday.
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Soccer: Manchester United tied 0-0 at Manchester City, allowing defending champion Chelsea to open a four-point lead in England's Premier League with a 1-0 win over Fulham.
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Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires