In the sometimes wild and wacky world of professional boxing, there is one constant: the greatness that is Manny Pacquiao, who on Saturday night at massive Cowboys Stadium will take on always-tough Antonio Margarito for the vacant World Boxing Council junior middleweight title.
Margarito’s name was sullied when he nearly stepped into the ring with loaded hand-wraps before facing Shane Mosley at the Staples Center. On his behalf, Margarito is trying awfully hard to recapture his good name, and whatever glory remains for the Mexican idol.
Beyond his obvious skill and talent, what makes Pacquiao (51-3-2 with 38 knockouts) other-wordly, is his relentless work ethic, which derives from having virtually nothing as a child. Now, the Pac-Man has the world at his fingertips, and boxing is all the better for it.
Take nothing away from Margarito, who stopped Puerto Rican great Miguel Cotto, but who likewise was halted by Mosley.Margarito is more than four inches taller than Pacquiao, and still a top-notch puncher who can be dangerous, even for someone as astute and ringwise as the Filipino icon.
It’s going to take more than Margarito (38-6-0 with 27 KO’s) to stop Pacquiao. The only man on the planet who has any chance of winning is undefeated welterweight king Floyd Mayweather Jr., but the list ends right there.
Pacquiao is a 6-to-1 favorite, and though it seems a bit high, will put on a show for the likely 70,000 fans in attendance.
In so many words, Pacquiao is simply too good and crafty to lose, and if there was any doubt, Hall of Fame trainer Freddie Roach, will see to it that he doesn’t fall short.
The 12-round bout will be action-packed, and while Margarito will land some shots, Pacquiao’s non-stop, two-fisted fury will wear down his opponent in the ninth or 10th round.