The Pacquiao vs Margarito time tonight is not set in stone. Before the Pacquiao vs Margarito fight time, there are undercard fights to get out of the way, along with a final buildup. Fans who ordered the action can start watching at 9 pm est on HBO pay-per-view, with coverage set to go on until 2 am. Yet those who paid their hard earned money to watch it live, or on TV, won’t have to wait that long. For now, it appears the Pacquiao vs Margarito time will be somewhere around 10 pm est, although it could always be a few minutes later.
Cowboys Stadium will start opening its door at 6 pm est, 5 pm local. An hour later, the undercard fights will get under way, with three bouts to warm fans up. They include Guillermo Rigondeaux vs Ricardo Cordoba, Mike Jones vs Jesus Soto Karass, and Brandon Rios vs Omri Lowther.
After that, the Pacquiao vs Margarito time will be at hand, as HBO’s coverage starts at 9 pm est. For now, it is estimated that the actual fight will be after 10 pm. If that’s the case, then fans won’t have to stay up for too long.
If the bout was in Vegas, it might not start until between 11 pm and midnight, due to being in a later time zone. But Cowboys Stadium got dibs on the fight instead, as Jerry Jones tries again to turn his new palace into a boxing mecca.
In the stadium’s first bout earlier this year, Pacquiao himself got a victory over Joshua Clottey. However, the bout was fairly lopsided, despite going the full 12 rounds, and fans still want a superbout involving Floyd Mayweather. Heading into the Pacquiao vs Margarito time period, there aren’t high hopes that this fight will do any better.
Pacquiao is a sizable favorite, while Margarito is trying to salvage his legacy, after he was caught cheating last year. He needs a big show to get back on track, and to make fans forget about their Pacquiao-Mayweather dreams for an hour or two.
If the fight ends soon after the Pacquiao vs Margarito start time, or if it is one-sided, Cowboys Stadium will have its second mixed bag of the boxing year. For the sport, they would like an actual thriller, and would like fans to feel like they didn’t waste their pay-per-view money.
Of course, there’s usually a chance that things can end early and anticlimactically, no matter who is fighting. Those who order boxing on pay-per-view, or go to see it live, always run the risk of seeing just a few minutes of action. With these two well known but often embattled stars, they hope to see them for at least a few rounds.
The Pacquiao vs Margarito time should be soon after 10 pm est, but when it will end is another matter altogether.
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