Photo by Manuel Herrera (Team Garcia)
Selling tamales, tortillas and bracelets to raise funds to send four local boxers to the 2010 National PAL Boxing Championships in San Antonio, Texas proved impossible for the families of the young Olympic hopefuls when their hard work produced less than $300. That is until Antonio Margarito came into the picture. When Margarito heard of the family’s misfortune he immediately offered to pay for round trip airfare and room accommodations for the fighters. When asked why he did it Margarito stated, “I’ve been there. I know what it’s like to have a dream crushed because you have no money.”
So on Tuesday Antonio presented a check to the fighters at his training camp at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, Ca. Obviously overjoyed and with one less thing to worry about, the fighters can now focus on their dream of representing the USA at the 2012 Olympics held in London.
Margarito is in intense preparation for his world super welterweight championship battle with Manny Pacquiao, scheduled for November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.