The Antonio Margarito vs. Manny Pacquiao fight due to take place on Nov. 13 is starting to look like Margarito may have a chance at the win.
Promoter Bob Arum went to Baguio City to monitor the training of Manny Pacquiao, and he did not like what he saw. According to the Business Insight Sports, “Arum sounded the alarm bells.”
Though Pacquiao is the reported favorite to win this match, according to the LA Times, according to Arum, this might not be as cut and dry as once thought.
Arum said, “The old (Manny Pacquiao) is too fast, too talented to get beaten by Margarito. But this (Manny Pacquiao) is not going to be enough.
“Pacquiao is a seven -weight division champion and if he wins the Margarito fight, he will ad the WBC title to his career and be the first fighter to ever win eight divisions,” according to Business Insight.
Pacquiao has a lot riding on this fight, but so does his opponent Margarito. Margarito struck a deal with his sponsor that if he does not win this fight, he will get nothing. His five-figure paycheck only comes to him if he wins.
The non-traditional sponsorship deal was made by Margarito after he was left without a sponsor and the prospects of getting one were looking slim. Plaster was discovered in Margarito’s gloves prior to the Shane Mosley fight last year, leaving Margarito not the best bet for someone to sponsor.
Margarito went back to his old sponsor and offered that a deal that was hard for the Affliction punk rock clothes company to pass up, according to the LA times. Margartito will get a five-figure pay check only if he wins this fight. If he loses, the people at Affliction owe him nothing.
Both these boxers have an enormous amount riding on a win for this match. Pacquiao will become the first fighter in history to win eight division titles and go down in the books as a first for the collection of titles he has won.
Margarito will not get one cent unless he wins this match. This boxing match has many more personal reasons at stake than most matches do, making the behind-the-scene stakes just as exciting as winning the prize.
Although there are three weeks to train for both of these boxers before the day of the match, it does look as if the favorite, Pacquiao, is fading a bit as the “sure win” due to this new observation of Arums regarding “his lack of speed.”
According to Business Insight, Arum did note that Pacquiao could still get up to par in the coming weeks. This fight is one for the record books either way; if Margarito wins his sponsorship with Affliction, the company is sure to be talked about for years. If Pacquaio wins, the eight division titles will be considered one of the greats in boxing record breakers.
Reference: Business Insight, LA Times