Sekbach Clears Margarito & Rios and Accuses Major TV Stations of Stealing
Embedded correspondent Elie Sekbach of Fanhouse.com is reportedly banned from the camps of Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito at the orders of HBO’s Mark Taffet. His short news video, which according to Margarito was edited, went viral in the internet and greatly affected in some ways both camp’s focus and concentration preparing for the mega fight this Saturday, November 13 at the Cowboys Stadium. He uploaded another video in response to his controversial video clip that became a big story. He also accuses CNN, ESPN and TV networks in the Philippines and Mexico of unauthorized copying and showing of his video.
The controversy almost stole the show from the final presser held at the Cowboys Stadium. The conference became an apology show for Margarito’s camp and the people in attendance were obviously observing Roach’s reaction during the event.
Sekbach pulls out controversial video
Sekbach immediately pulls out the video from his YouTube site but it is too late. The harm was done and the video were already downloaded by some fans and reposted it again for the whole world to see. It seems the video negatively affected Margarito’s support from some of his Mexican fans. Sekbach’s video obviously became a distraction for Roach and for Margarito because it became a public relations nightmare.
In fairness to Sekbach, his video was obviously intended to hype the upcoming big event but maybe he never expected its impact on the training camps of both fighters and the event as a whole.
Will the controversy also have an effect on the fight’s seat attendance? Will some of Margarito’s countrymen still see his fight after becoming an overnight shame for what he did?
Margarito blames Sekbach
Margarito pointed a finger on Elie Sekbach claiming the video was edited. He said that he just entered the gym when Sekbach asked him in an ambush interview for his reaction on Pacquiao’s camp saying they will knock him out. Margarito recalled that he shook his hands giving an impression that he was scared and was not meant to mock Roach’s illness who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease. The video also showed another boxer Brandon Rios also shaking his hands and head. A voice from the background can be heard saying, “That’s Freddie Roach.”
Margarito’s camp apologized for what happened. Garcia reported that he and Freddie talked and he was forgiven. Margarito also apologized publicly and blamed Sekbach on the controversy.
After pulling out the controversial video, Sekbach uploaded another video somewhat explaining about what happened, that trash talking is part of the hype and he seemed to be very proud of his video becoming a big story.
Margarito’s camp knows they are being recorded
Was Sekbach irresponsible on uploading the controversial video? Margarito pointed a finger at him and said it was edited. It is now Sekbach’s move to clear his name. He must publicly apologize if guilty or show the unedited video footage of the interview he did to clear his name.
I sincerely believe Sekbach never intended it to be that controversial. He reported that Margarito did not mock Roach and Brandon Rios never knew Roach has the diesease. Sekbach was just hyping and promoting the event. The hurriedly uploaded video clip was thought to be just another Sekbach report that will only get the usual couple of a thousand views on the internet. Margarito’s camp knew they were being recorded by the famous embedded correspondent.
I have seen the original upload of that video and I’m sure anyone who watches it will conclude that the joke was on Roach for there was a background voice mentioning Roach’s name. Sekbach should have presented the video in a manner without putting the persons involved on the spot. Sekbach cleared Margarito and Rios but did not apologized for the misrepresentation of the video clip giving an impression again that the uncalled for mocking did happen. Sekbach may have been forced to clear those involved just to help them save face.
Accuses CNN, ESPN of stealing
He uploaded another video report accusing CNN, ESPN and TV networks in the Philippines and Mexico of unauthorized copying, distribution and showing of his controversial video clip.