By Francisco Salazar filing from the courtroom
UPDATE: Margarito’s current trainer Robert Garcia testified of behalf of his fighter. California State Athletic Commission Attorney Karen Chappelle informed him that he was breaking the law by training Margarito because rule 392 states no state licensee can enter into an an agreement with any unlicensed person.
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California State Athletic Commission Attorney Karen Chappelle questioned whether Margarito has met his burden of proving rehabilitation from the acts that resulted in the revocation of his boxing license. Margarito attorney Daniel Petrocelli argued that Margarito meets the standard for a new license and will take actions to prevent anyone from inserting illegal pads into his handwraps.
On direct questioning, Chappelle asked Margarito if he has been sparring at his training camp in Oxnard. Margarito stated ‘yes.’ Chappelle then informed him that he is breaking the law by sparring without a California sparring permit.
Margarito comments: “I’m here to answer the questions. I want to to apologize to you the commission and the boxing world for not knowing what was in the wrappings. When I was in Nevada I also apologized. I’m throwing myself at the mercy of the court. I want to ask for this opportunity. I will not let this happen again. In fact, I’m very happy this happened. I would not have gone into the ring if I knew my hands were wrapped in the manner that they were. From now on, I will be on top of what needs to be done because ultimately, I’m responsible for what happens. During this whole time I’ve been training and conditioning in Tijuana. I’ve been helping children with cancer. I’ve been helping moms with cancer, kids with mental disabilities. I’ve even been playing baseball to raise funds to help kids with cancer.”