Former welterweight champ Antonio Margarito officially ended his 18-year professional career Thursday.
The fighter known as "The Tijuana Tornado" was a multi-time welterweight titlist, but saw his last days in the sport marked with controversy and suspicion, stemming from the well-documented "Plaster Gate" scandal involving his attempt to wear illegally doctored knuckle pads prior to his 2009 bout with Shane Mosley.
This is the official statement posted on Margarito's official Facebook page:
Dear Family, Friends, and Fans,
After twenty-two years of full dedication to the profession I love, I have made the decision to announce my retirement from boxing. After much thought and extended conversations with my family and team, we have all agreed that the time to hang up my gloves and begin a new chapter in life has arrived.
I always told my family and team that I would walk away from boxing when I felt I could no longer compete at the level I believed I needed to be, in order to b...