By Tim Nielson: Jorge Paez Jr. (39-8-2, 23 KOs) gave the ring rusty Antonio Margarito (39-8, 27 KOs) a solid test last Saturday night, but it was Margarito, 37, who came out on top in winning a close 10 round unanimous decision at the Arena Mexico in Mexico, City. Margarito visited the canvas in the 6th round, however, and that obviously wasn’t something that Margarito had planned.
Paez Jr. hurt Margarito with a right hand and then put him down with a left. Margarito was still hurt after he got back up, but Paez Jr. didn’t have enough power to finish him. He did back a staggering Margarito up and nail him with some nice shots. However, Margarito got through the round somehow. In between rounds, Margarito recovered well, and retook command of the fight in the 7th.
The judges scored the fight 94, 97-93 and 96-93.
Margarito finished the fight well in the 10th, as he increased his workrate and had Paez Jr. hurt in the final 20 seconds of the fight. Paez Jr. did a good job of backing up and taking Margarito’s shots well. If Margarito was able to get some power and speed on his shots, then he would have likely gotten Paez Jr. out of there. Margarito didn’t have the speed or the power to take Paez Jr. out.
The decision win was Margarito first victory since 2010, when he beat Roberto Garcia by a 10 round decision in May of that year. Margarito then lost his next two fights against Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto. The loss to Cotto came in 2011.
Margarito’s promoter Bob Arum has big plans for him potentially. He’s talking about putting Margarito in a big fight. It’s unknown what Arum considers as a big fight. That may just mean that he plans on matching Margarito against one of his fighters in his Top Rank stable like Jessie Vargas, who captured the WBO welterweight title last Saturday night after stopping Sadam Ali. Margarito seems to have big ideas himself, as he’s interested in fighting Saul “Canelo” Alvarez and Miguel Cotto.