Manny Pac Man Pacquiao will fight Antonio Margarito for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title Saturday night at Cowboy’s Stadium. Currently, Manny Pacquiao is the WBO Welterweight World Champion. Manny Pacquiao is rated as the pound for pound best boxer in the world by many boxing associations including The Ring, Sports Illustrated, ESPN and many others. Pacquiao has won nine titles in seven different weight classes; he is the first boxer to accomplish this feat. He has won the Lineal Championship (best in class) in four different weight classes. He is the first boxer to become a Congressman in the Philippines. Pacquiao is an all-around unbelievable boxer who brings excitement back to the sport of boxing.
Antonio Margarito is a former champion who is now considered by many to be a cheater in the sport of boxing. A plaster Paris like substance was found in (and around his gloves) before his championship fight with Shane Mosley in 2009. His gloves were checked and he was forced to have them changed. The fight happened and Margarito was TKO’D in the ninth round, losing the WBA World Welterweight Title. Antonio Margarito has fought one time since this defeat against Robert Garcia, winning the WBC International Light Middleweight Title. Antonio Margarito had his licenses suspended (pending investigation) for the gloves tampering incident before the Shane Mosley fight. In November of 2009, it emerged the stains on his gloves in the fight against Cotto were the same as the gloves he was going to use in the Shane Mosley fight. This led to Margarito losing his chance of fighting in the United States and the thought he used tampered gloves in many of his other fights. This led to Antonio Margarito being considered a cheater in the sport of boxing.
This fight will take place in the new Cowboy’s Stadium in Arlington, TX because Texas gave Antonio Margarito a license to fight. Rest assured, his gloves will be checked before the fight with Manny Pacquiao. Freddy Roach (Manny Pacquiao’s trainer) has already made a fuss about Margarito’s gloves. He has asked to have Margarito’s hand wraps checked before the fight against Pacquiao. Roach believes Antonio Margarito will still cheat if he believes he can get away with it. Antonio Margarito is still not able to fight in most states in the United States. This fight against Manny Pacquiao will be Margarito’s chance to prove his is the great fighter many believed before he was labeled a cheater.
What will happen in this fight? If you ask Freddy Roach, he believes Antonio Margarito has too many holes in his game. He believes his Filipino fighter will find those holes and take advantage. Antonio Margarito is a quick and excellent Mexican boxer. He knows how to fight and will give everything he has against Manny Pacquiao. Manny Pacquiao is also quick and powerful. He will find Margarito’s flaws and he will take advantage. Both fighters have beaten many of the best fighters in the fight world. The one factor many are looking at in this fight is Margarito and his possible cheating factors of the past. They wonder if he can step into the ring with Pacquiao (under equal conditions) and win. Margarito will have trouble with Pacquiao’s speed, his power and his defense.
Manny Pacquiao (on the other hand) continues to perfect his boxing art. He continues to build his legacy as the best pound for pound fighter in the world. Pacquiao has surprised the world over the past few years. He has stepped into the ring with the top fighters in boxing and beat them convincingly. He was supposed to be the underdog in many of those earlier victories, but he won. On Saturday night, Manny Pacquiao fights a fighter in Margarito who has something to prove to the world. Pacquiao has to come out and take away Margarito’s will in the first few rounds of the fight. Once he does that,Manny Pacquiao will be ready for his (hopefully) next fight with Floyd Mayweather Jr. This next fight will depend on a victory for Pacquiao and Mayweather Jr. staying out of trouble with the law and his ex-girlfriend.
The Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito fight should be a great fight on Saturday night. You can buy it on pay per view and watch it at your home or you can watch it at a local sports bar for a nominal fee. Some of the sports bars in Tampa are charging ten bucks a head. Remember, these are two great entertaining boxers stepping in the ring for a shot at the vacant WBC Super Welterweight World Title. Could this be another World Title belt for Manny Pacquiao? Tune in on Saturday night and find out. An analysis of this fight will follow the fight.