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November 15, 2010

Pacquiao vs Margarito

Posted by Geobert Adan Son

  31 years 11 months Age Fight Night 32 Years 8 Months
  5-6 ½ Height 5-11
  67 ½ inches Reach 73 inches
  38 inches Chest Normal 40 inches
  41 inches Chest Expanded       42 inches
  13 inches Biceps 14 inches
  12 inches Forearm 11 ½ inches
  28 inches Waist 32 ½ inches
  28 inches Thigh 32 ½ inches
  15 inches Calf 14 ½ inches
  16 inches Neck 16 inches
  8 inches Wrist 7 ½ inches
  10 inches Fist 11 inches
  Southpaw Stance Orthodox
  51-3-2 Record 38-6-0
  38 Knockouts 27

Manny Pacquiao faces Antonio Margarito Jr. on November 13 at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas in a 12-round Junior Middleweight title match. Philippine Congressman Pacquiao is perhaps the most exciting fighter of his time. He has beaten some of the big names in his ascent to boxing superstardom but he should not take his upcoming match with Margarito lightly.

The disgraced boxer who is also known as ‘the Tijuana Tornado’ is the hungrier one and can present unique challenges to Pacquiao. Margarito is known for his unrelenting attack which Pacquiao may not have experienced in recent fights. Joshua Clottey is one classic example of a fighter who fought not to lose and just survive the rounds. Unlike the virtual punching bag Clottey, Margarito will be redy to mix it up and trade punches with the much smaller Pacquiao.

After more than a year of ring inactivity due to a suspension for illegal hand wraps, Margarito is aching to get back in the ring to redeem himself. His size and power advantage can be put to use if Margarito executes a good game plan.

Margarito will surely not go down with a single knockout punch like Ricky Hatton. It will take more than a haymaker from Pacquiao to chop down the taller Margarito.

Pacquiao has not faced an opponent this hungry and this big. Yet trainer Freddie Roach and promoter Bob Arum are saying that this has not been the best training camp for the Filipino boxing icon because of so many distractions.

Manny Pacquiao would still be a betting favorite on fight night but Antonio Margarito is no pushover. This could very well be the Filipino Congressman’s last fight. A fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. may be what we want to see next but it may take a miracle for Floyd to sign up.


For the '8th'

Arum said Pacquiao will face Margarito for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) junior middleweight championship in Las Vegas if the Mexican is able to get a license to fight in Nevada.

Should Pacquiao beat Margarito, he will become the 1st boxer to win 8 world titles in 8 divisions.

Margarito, a former world welterweight champion, was suspended last year by the California State Athletic Commission after he was caught with a plaster-like substance in his hand wraps prior to his bout against Shane Mosley on January 2009.

“Putting aside the controversy about the wraps, the one thing you know for sure with a Margarito fight is that it will be a hell of a fight for however long it lasts,” said Arum.

“Margarito knows only one way to fight and that’s coming forward. They’re going to get in there and fight. That’s what people want to see,” he added.

If Margarito fails to get a license in Nevada, the fight will be held in Monterrey, Mexico.

The bout will be offered on HBO pay-per-view (PPV).

Willing to face Margarito
Pacquiao earlier said he is very much willing to face Margarito, despite the Mexican champ’s height advantage.

Margarito, who stands 5-foot-11, enjoys a 6-inch reach advantage over the 5-foot-6 Filipino boxer.

“Maganda ‘yun (That's good),” Pacquiao told ABS-CBN correspondent Dyan Castillejo when asked about his possible clash with Margarito.

He added that he has no qualms about climbing weight to face the Mexican.
Antonio Margarito being interviewed by ABS-CBN's Dyan Castillejo during the Pacquiao-Clottey fight last March.

“[Lalabanan ko siya sa] 150-147 pounds. Mga ganoon (I'll probably fight him at 150-147 pounds. Around that weight),” he said.

The Fighter of the Decade added that he is also open to the possibility that he might slug it out with Margarito in Mexico, should the Mexican fail to secure a boxing license in Nevada.

“Walang problema. Excited din ako lumaban sa Mexico, first time ako lalaban doon (No problem. I'm excited to fight in Mexico, it will be the first time I'd fight there),” said Pacquiao.

Finalizing the deal
In a separate report by (Sports Illustrated), Arum said he plans on finalizing the deal with Pacquiao next week.

Arum said Pacquiao's Canadian adviser Michael Koncz will lay out the terms of deal to the Filipino.

"Making a deal won't be a problem," said Arum. "We'll get it done."