Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito is among the big fights of the year. But of course, the Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito fight isn’t the one that fans want to see the most, and it would have been even bigger years ago. As it stands, since Floyd Mayweather isn’t in Margarito’s place, boxing fans hope they can still get the next best thing tonight. Given the colorful and controversial resumes of these two fighters, at least some fireworks are expected. But will the Pacquiao and Margarito hype actually lead to something memorable – at least in a good way?
Yesterday’s weigh-in was the final stepping stone before tonight’s clash at Cowboys Stadium. Margarito came in at 150 pounds, but almost no one believes that is what he really weights. Pacquiao tipped at 144 pounds, as he will once again be at a size and weight disadvantage – which has rarely stopped him before.
The Pacquiao vs Margarito brawl is among the last super fights of 2010, although it still seems like a consolation prize. Pacquiao still hasn’t fought Floyd Mayweather yet, and hopes are dwindling that he ever will.
Instead, he is now facing a former champion whose legacy is under fire. Since Margarito was caught fighting Shane Mosley with illegal hand wraps in early 2009, his entire career has been tarnished. He has continuously insisted that his trainer put the wraps on without his knowledge, but boxing fans and experts have been more skeptical.
After a year-long suspension, he was still able to get a big payday from this fight, since few other non-Mayweather fighters were available. That is just one more reason why the Pacquiao vs Margarito fight is facing a lot of criticism.
Since no one knows where Pacquiao will go from here, this could very well be his last fight. If he loses, then his own legacy as the greatest pound-for-pound fighter today will take a hit. But if he wins, everyone will bring up Mayweather five seconds later, and resume calls for them to put their differences aside. Either way, there’s not much Pacquiao can do to really win.
Heading into this bout, both fighters have a lot to prove, and a lot of controversy outside the ring to overshadow. But although the Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito showdown is heavily hyped and publicized, few disagree on what will happen.
Given Pacquiao’s legacy, and the rough and rusty last two years for Margarito, most expect that Pacquiao will pull this out in some fashion. If he doesn’t, then Mayweather will be elevated back above him – although it might make a Pacquaio-Mayweather bout a bit less super.
But first, Pacquiao vs Margarito will come to pass tonight at Texas, on HBO pay-per-view.
Los Angeles Times- “Pacquiao vs Margarito is what should happen in Vegas”
USA TODAY- “Pacquiao not concerned about size disadvantage vs Margarito”