Sunday, October 31, 2010

Pacquiao is WBO year’s best boxer

MANILA—The World Boxing Organization named pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao “Fighter of the Year” at the gala closing of its 23rd Annual Convention in Hotel Caribe in Cartegena, Colombia.

Pacquiao couldn’t attend the ceremony since he was training at the Wild Card Gym in Los Angeles for his Nov. 13 showdown against Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Filipino champion was earlier named “Fighter of the Decade” by the prestigious Boxing Writers Association of America.

Pacquiao received another accolade even as he flew to Las Vegas Friday to boost the campaign of a close friend by his promoter Bob Arum.

He is featured on the cover of the Nov. 1, 2010 American Way magazine which will be placed on thousands of seats aboard American Airlines flights in the US and around the world. Read More...


Friday, October 29, 2010

Margarito trainer Garcia talks about knocking out Pacquiao, hand-wraps, and more

When I sat down with Antonio Margarito and his team, I was able to hear their side of things.  Margarito trainer Robert Garcia made me a mock example of what was used on Tony’s hands.  When I looked at it, I was surprised.  If this mock example is the same thing was actually used, then I would have to agree that the hand-wrap situation was blown completely out of hand. Read More...




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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


Southern California based photographers Jigs Tambong and Edwin Agabao spent some time to take photos on Antonio Margarito’s training camp. The result were stunning photos of Margarito in training as can be seen in this gallery. Margarito doing the mitts with trainer Robert Garcia (above photo) and Margarito strikes a pose (below).  More Photo Gallery...






Monday, October 25, 2010

Camp Antonio Margarito

In seeing Antonio Margarito last week at the gym, it's clear that he is in a good place mentally and physically. His disposition and mood are even better than prior to his bout with Miguel Cotto in 2008. And in terms of his physical conditioning, well, let's just put it this way, if the 150-pound catchweight is an advantage for anyone, it will be him. Not only is Margarito still just basically a very big welterweight now, you're not even forcing him to shave off the last three pounds- which every boxer I've spoken with believes are the hardest to cut. Red More...






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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Will Manny Pacquiao Retire After Margarito Fight?

For the millions of boxing fans around the world who want to see Manny Pacquiao square off with undefeated Floyd Mayweather Jr., a jolt of depressing reality: It may never happen.

The BBC reports that Pacquiao, now the WBO welterweight champion, will retire after his Nov. 13 bout against Antonio Margarito for the WBC Super Welterweight Championship in Dallas. And to make matters worse for hopeful Pacquiao fans, the rumors come from a reliable source, the boxer’s trainer Freddie Roach. Red More...






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Friday, October 22, 2010

Former foe Sergio Martinez: “With all my heart I want Margarito to win”

February 19th, 2000 will forever be a special night in the world of boxing because of the thrilling battle that was put forth between Mexican legends Erik Morales and Marco Antonio Barrera. The two heated rivals met for the first time inside of the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and after twelve pulsating rounds Morales walked away with a split decision while Barrera came away having fully rejuvenated his career in the fight of the year.

What rarely gets mentioned is the fact that the first Morales-Barrera fight had an extremely noteworthy bout take place on its undercard as Tijuana’s Antonio Margarito won a seventh round stoppage over Argentina’s Sergio Martinez. At the time neither fighter was well known by the mainstream public and the off-TV affair seemed to fly completely under the radar. ...Read More...






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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

No shock if big guy Margarito KOs Pacquiao - says Gentleman Jimmy Glenn

He's 80 years old but Gentleman Jimmy Glenn, amiable proprietor of classic Manhattan "boxing bar" Jimmy's Corner, still looks like he could stand toe to toe and swap punches with former heavyweight champion Floyd Patterson.

Patterson, who Muhammad Ali dubbed "The Rabbit," is long gone but Glenn is still hustling. When he's on the road working fights, usually as a cutman extraordinaire, wife Swanny takes the command post at the Times Square saloon.

Glenn jokes that promoters Don King and Bob Arum, both of whom he's cordial with, "have to catch up to him" when it comes to birthdays. King and Arum are a year or two behind Glenn in that department depending on whose bio you read.

Since Glenn got a bird's eye view of Antonio Margarito when he was Sugar Shane Mosley's cutman on that fateful night in Los Angeles when the Mexican fighter and trainer Javier Capetillo were caught "plasterhanded," I asked him if he thinks there's any chance of an upset when Margarito fights Manny Pacquiao Nov. 13.

"I give Margarito a chance, a good chance," Glenn said by phone from Virginia, where he's getting ready to assist fighter-promoter Jimmy Lange. "Margarito is a big guy and he can fight."

Pacman keeps getting mixed reviews in Filipino media reports.

Here's Abac Cordero's latest missive.

And here is Roy Luarca's Baguio camp report.

Glenn, who turned 80 on Aug. 18 and counted Iron Mike Tyson among the wellwishers at his watering hole on West 44 Street that night, said Pacquiao might be able to take Margarito out early in the scheduled 12 round title bout.


"The inactivity doesn't help Margarito. He's going to spend three or four rounds getting into the groove and he will be vulnerable then. Manny could take him out before he gets acclimated.

"Margarito's been having about one fight per year, that is no good. I know he was under suspension but...

"Pacquiao, he's got to hurt Margarito. But, when Manny throws punches you can see them coming. He's got good hand speed and foot speed but he is often off balance," Glenn said.

"Manny is predictable, you know what he's going to do. Don't look at Margarito off the Mosley fight because it was Shane being so sharp, not Margarito being so bad. Hey, Margarito can knock Pacquiao out also. I would not be shocked if that happened. All he has to do is hit him right."

Btw, my secret nickname for Mr. Glenn is "WOBO," which means Wise, Old Black Owl.

Please don't tell him.




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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Margarito can't beat Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao
Photo: Top Rank

Only Manny Pacquiao can beat Manny Pacquiao. Antonio Margarito is definitely setting himself up for success by training harder than he ever has his entire life, but if Pacquiao is to fall on November 13, a lot of it would be because of is own doing- or undoing if you really want to be specific. 

Pacquiao fans are anxious; some pretty nervous. Reports are that their idol is somewhat cramming. Tied and pulled in several different directions with his newfound responsibilities as a Congressman on top of his other commitments being one of the biggest national sports heroes wherever in the world, 'The Pac Man' has been training like a compromised man.

Last minute trips to Manila.

Cancelled training sessions.

Team members asking him to take training seriously.

Bob Arum giving him a satisfactory grade as opposed to past training camp assessments where the legendary promoter sang his praises saying he has seen no other train like him even putting him on top of the likes of Ali and Leonard.

Reports of Pacquiao trying to regain his speed.

Surely these reports are quite unsettling for the Pacland faithful. Although it's not time to hit the panic button just yet as Pacquiao will be headed back to the Wild Card Gym in Hollywood on October 23 where he can focus inside the strictly enforced isolated confines of Freddie Roach's famed facility, it's understandable why even the most faithful of Pacquiao fans are beginning to worry. 

Margarito is naturally bigger and stronger. And against bigger guys, 'The Tijuana Tornado' has proven that he is one tough hombre'. The Mexican is on a mission to claim his redemption after falling from grace from the illegal hard wrap controversy that momentarily put his career in limbo. Have you ever had a near-death experience? Surely that's how Margarito feels right now with this gift of a second-chance he is getting in facing boxing's biggest superstar. Expect a fighter who will give it his all like he has nothing to lose.


You can take all the pros going for Margarito: His size, strength, motivation on top of everything else. Realistically though, Pacquiao simply is a far superior fighter than him. At 100%, Pacquiao's speed, movement and accurate 8-punch combinations will land like homed missiles on the easy-to-hit, flat-footed Mexican. Margarito can learn all the head movement he can in one training camp, but chances are, Pacquiao will get his best punches in uncontested. And when that happens, it'll remind boxing fans of the phrase 'the bigger they are, the harder they fall'.

If Pacquiao is to lose on November 13, you can credit Margarito for doing everything he needed to do, but in reality, it would be more about questioning whether Pacquiao did what he was supposed to.

Only Pacquiao can beat Pacquiao at this point. Will Pacquiao allow it? His trainers can only do so much. And as the Nike slogan goes, only 'Pac Man Knows'.




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Monday, October 18, 2010

What are Manny Pacquiao's Options if he Loses to Margarito?

Years ago, being undefeated was a sign of prestige in the boxing world because it was so hard to achieve. Rocky Marciano more or less set the standard when he retired as heavyweight champion with a 49-0 record. Joe Calzaghe of Wales managed to pull it off by retiring at 46-0 and Floyd Mayweather, 41-0, may also do it if he doesn’t fight again.

But it’s very hard to make it through a boxing career these days without suffering at least one defeat. When the "invincible" Muhammad Ali was finally beaten, by Joe Frazier back in 1971, millions of fans around the world were devastated. But in the end, all of the greats lost once or twice, including Alexis Arguello, Sugar Ray Leonard, Tommy Hearns, Marvin Hagler, Wilfredo Benitez, Roberto Duran, Mike Tyson, and the Klitschko brothers. 

When it comes to today’s pound-for-pound-champion, Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines, he’s past that point already. We know he’s beatable after suffering three losses and two of them by knockout. And as much as he’s loved around the world, there’s a real possibility he could lose his upcoming bout with Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Mexico. 

There are several intangibles that favor the Mexican. He’s the biggest and heaviest opponent Pacquiao’s ever faced. Margarito is 5-oot-11, compared to Pacquiao’s 5-6 1/2. He also has a 73-inch reach compared to Pacman's 67. In fact, Margarito has the size advantage everywhere except thigh, forearm, and wrist. The contest will also be at a weight of 151 lbs. and Pacquiao hasn’t entered a fight more than 145 lbs. Many fans believe Pacquiao’s speed, boxing skills, power, and movement will negate these advantages, but that’s why fights are held--to find out for sure. 

All true boxing fans know there’s no such thing as a sure bet. Anything can happen in a fight. We’ve seen it time and time again. It doesn’t matter how well prepared you are and what kind of physical shape you’re in, if the brain miscommunicates with the body for even a split second it could be lights out or at least a trip to the canvas. It’s happened to many of history’s best boxers. 

So what if Pacquiao loses to Margarito, what does he do next? The first thing I’m sure would be a rematch, and I’m assuming there’s some kind of clause in the contract for one. I don’t think it would matter how he lost, the public would want to see him given a chance to redeem himself. If he goes to-to-toe with Margarito it should become an instant classic and a rematch will be demanded no matter who wins. If he happens to lose a decision, fans will put it to an off night or being over trained. If he gets knocked out, they’ll call it a fluke. Pacquiao seems to be in a no-lose situation here no matter the result. 

However, what are some of Pacquiao’s other options if he gets beat? I’m sure we’d see Mayweather come out of the woodwork, but most fans would assume a loss to Margarito would mean annihilation by Mayweather. Another possibility could be a rematch with Juan Manuel Marquez considering they’ve fought 24 exciting rounds already, with Pacquiao taking a split decision and the first fight ruled a draw. However, the fight would have to be held at around 140 lbs. A rematch with Miguel Cotto could be in the cards after Pacquiao stopped him in the 12th round last year in a competitive scrap.  

Pacquiao would have quite a few options because he’s flexible when it comes to weight classes. Realistically he could fight between 140 and 154 lbs., which means there are several big matchups possible. 

A fight with WBA Jr. Welterweight champion Amir Khan of England would likely be ruled out since Khan is currently training with Freddie Roach and Pacquiao, and Khan said he doesn’t think he’d fight Pacquiao because he likes and respects him too much. Other fights at 140 that would be interesting would be against Marcos Maidana, Devon Alexander, Tim Bradley or Victor Ortiz. If he fights at welterweight, Shane Mosley’s a possibility, especially considering the punishing job he did on Margarito (sans doctored gloves). At Jr. Middleweight, I’d actually like to see him take on Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. 

But like Ali before him, Pacquiao’s already achieved so much in the sport of boxing that nothing can tarnish his image of being a great champion and man.  He’s already done what nobody did before: win titles in seven different weight divisions. I don’t think a loss to Margarito would affect his popularity. It would just set up the next chapter in Pacquiao’s illustrious boxing career.




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Sunday, October 17, 2010

Margarito Sparmates Issue Warning

MANILA, Philippines — The four sparring partners of Antonio Margarito have a message to Manny Pacquiao: Margarito can be hazardous to Pacquiao’s health.

A month before Pacquiao and Margarito get it on at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Cleotis Pendarvis, Ricardo Williams, Austin Tour and KC Martinez intimated to the on-line edition of The Ring magazine that Margarito poses serious risks to the Filipino pound-for-pound king.

“He’s definitely not (a) shot (fighter),” said Pendarvis, who has a 10-3-2 record with four KOs, after sparring with Margarito

in Oxnard, California, site of Margarito’s training camp.

“If he was shot, he wouldn’t have been able to do what he did today. He did 10 rounds with four talented young sparring partners. We’re not old journeymen that he can beat up on. We can fight,” said Pendarvis, who also once helped Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton in their own preparation for Pacquiao.

Williams, a 2000 Sydney Olympics silver medalist, was awed by Margarito’s ability to take a shot.

“He takes a good shot,” said Williams, who has a 16-2 card with nine KOs.

Even the fast-rising Trout, who packs a 21-0 mark with 13 KOs, has seen tremendous inroads in Margarito’s skills.

Having spared with Margarito two years ago, Trout said Margarito has learned how to pick his punches, a trait that is likely to work wonders against somebody as accomplished and gifted like Pacquiao.

But just about everyone sang the same tune when asked about the vaunted pressure that Margarito applies during a fight.

“You start to feel it by the second round. It’s real,” said Trout.

Pendarvis was blunt in his assessment.

“With Margarito you feel the pressure from the first round because he throws eight shots in one combination.”

Williams felt it the moment “he gets you with a good body shot.”

But Pendarvis, who claimed they were told to take it east against De La Hoya and Hatton during training camp, summed it all up.




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Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ragtag, second hand foe but Antonio Margarito's handwraps bound for EBay

An organization which purportedly calls itself the Manny Pacquiao Foundation is under investigation, according to Manila Standard newspaper, for illegally importing ragtag, second hand clothes into the Philippines.

It’s unclear what, if any, ties this group might have to Pacquiao.

But it’s a clever smuggler who slaps the Pinoy Idol’s name on contraband coming into the country, don’t you think?

As far as the shipment of hand me down attire, it’s appropriate when you consider that Manny’s Nov. 13 opponent, Antonio Margarito, is a ragtag, second hand opponent.

I also see where Margarito has “vowed” to defeat Pacman at Cowboys Stadium.

Was this vow made on a stack of Bibles or just battered, old copies of The Ring, for example the one I’ve mentioned before which asked, long before Plastergate, why anyone would fight this frightening foe?

The Manny training maniacally stories are always followed by something like Grandpa Ronnie Nathanielsz’s worried plaints that Pacquiao is goofing up on his time management and has too much on his plate.

With all due respect to Brother Ronnie, maybe Pacquiao needs more on his plate because he seems to thrive in the ring when he has a jampacked non-boxing schedule.

Then we get to the Margarito camp stories. He’s training even more maniacally than Manny and he has nothing else on his plate, nada, zip, zilch…not even a taco, an enchilada or a chimichanga.

I say it’s just a good thing trainer Robert Garcia doesn’t get hold of tubby heavyweight Chris Arreola, he would likely starve the man to death.

By next week I bet the party line out of Oxnard will be that Margarito has only granola, no more huevos rancheros, for breakfast.

The selling goes on.

But the way see it, the only undetermined matter is how many points Pacman will emerge victorious by on fight night.

I see a comfortable Pacman victory although Tone Loc will certainly land a few shots here and there.

His problem will be that whirling dervish Pacquiao won’t be there for the second, third and fourth punches that Garcia and Margarito dream of landing.

Pacquiao’s defense pales in comparison to Floyd Mayweather’s but, hey, so does the defense of every other fighter.

But let’s limit this discussion to active, not retired fighters.

Margarito is Second Hand Rose from Second Avenue.

When he is soundly decisioned by Pacquaio, maybe they can donate his ring attire to the so called Pacquiao Foundation.

But I have a feeling Margarito’s handwraps won’t be donated.

They’re bound for EBay, no doubt.

If Sammy Sosa's corked bat can be peddled for $15,000 to $20,000, as I heard the asking price on National Public Radio the other day, what will someone pay for Margarito's handwraps.

They might be his first untainted, legal handwraps ever, aside from the Shane Mosley fight.

Maybe they will be priceless.




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Friday, October 15, 2010

Antonio Margarito bets on himself in sponsorship deal

The Orange County clothing company Affliction used to sponsor Antonio Margarito in the three fights that ended with the Tijuana boxer's infamous 2009 loss to Shane Mosley, when plaster-caked inserts were confiscated from inside Margarito's hand wraps before the bout.

Margarito and his uncle-translator, Fernando Ramirez, re-visited Affliction President Tom Atencioabout two weeks ago to inquire about renewing the deal for Margarito's Nov. 13 bout against Manny Pacquiao at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

"Anyone in his right mind would be hesitant -- I was hesitant given his situation [with the scandal], and the fact he's fighting Pacquiao," Atencio said. "Nobody's coming close to beating Pacquiao. He's at the top of his game."

Ramirez said, "Affliction was saying the economy was bad, it wasn't looking good."

Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) then made a confident pronouncement.

"Tell them I'm wearing the shirt," Margarito told Ramirez in Spanish. "I don't want anything if I lose. But if I win, I want this five-figure deal."

Said Atencio: "My partner and I just looked at each other and said, 'That's punk rock, that's who we are,' and we couldn't think of a better way to support him."

So Atencio guaranteed the undisclosed five-figure deal should Margarito upset Pacquiao in the junior-middleweight world title fight, and promised Margarito some royalties from sales of the special Affliction "Margarito" shirt that the boxer will wear during the filming of HBO's "24/7" preview show and also at the pre- and post-fight news conferences, the weigh-in and his ring walk on fight night.

"The value of the sponsorship could be in the six figures," Atencio said. "If he does win, it'll catapult him and us. It's a gamble."

Ramirez said Margarito's bold stance followed another proposed side bet in which the boxer told Ramirez he'd wager his Mercedes against the uncle's Jeep.

"I've never seen Tony this sure of himself," Ramirez said. "He's faced the anger at him and he has the hunger to beat Pacquiao and prove he's a real world champion. Pacquiao's going to have a hard time with him. Tony's so hungry to be viewed as the fighter he was before [the hand-wraps scandal]. He's out to clean his name."

--Lance Pugmire




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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Margarito Rediscovers His Old Boxing Training Ways


With the stern determination to crush his finest opponent in the ring, Mexico’s Antonio Margarito took a glimpse of experience on the old ways of boxing when he prefers to chop wood than undertaking any other method that he thinks is not an effective way of preparation for his match with Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao on Nov. 13 at the Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, Texas.

The Mexican boxer does morning runs and abdominal exercises just like in the case of boxers in training camp. But as part of enhancing his boxing skills, he’s been engaged in chopping woods than the usual modern-day body conditioning as if imitating the training methods of ring heroes like of Muhammad Ali and fictional Rocky Balboa films of Sylvester Stallone.

It was reported that Margarito is incredibly honing his boxing skills in Oxnard, California, under close supervision of his trainer, Robert Garcia. He is very determined to develop his rare skill of catching up against the much quicker counter-punches and fast-paced ring movements of Pacman. The game plan is that Margarito will have to do his very best of trying to prevent Pacquiao from taking his best shots in the ring, Garcia said.

Garcia said that their game plan is to put pressure on Pacquiao by trying to cut off his space of movements, move little more with quicker head movements, and match Pacquiao with power punches. If along the way, the Mexican boxer can take the punches of Pacquiao, then it would be a long way for Pacquiao to survive because it will be on to their advantage when the fight is taken the longer way.

Meanwhile, Pacman has been employing the services of Alex Ariza, his conditioning coach, in order to build up his body muscles and stamina that would allow him to perform the best possible means of executing his lightning moves while in the ring. He is scheduled to fly to the United States on Oct. 23 together with his team and take the final stage of his preparation at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood.




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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Tornado hits Oxnard neighborhood

Photos and report by Ricardo Conde

Three-time welterweight world champion, Antonio “Tijuana Tornado” Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) continues his preparations in Oxnard, CA for his upcoming bout against seven-time world champion and the best pound for pound fighter in the world Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs). Today Fightnews caught up with Antonio Margarito, training under the watchful eye of former junior lightweight champion, Robert Garcia, for his morning road work and workout. His early morning workout consisted of running, abdominal work and chopping at a large piece of lumber.


Following his morning workout, Antonio Margarito will continue his boxing training at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy.

In his last outing Antonio Margarito defeated Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-3, 21 KOs) on May 8 at the Plaza Monumental in Aguascalientes, Mexico via unanimous decision.

Also, scheduled to be on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito will be former middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik, super bantamweight Guillermo Rigondeaux and undefeated welterweight Mike Jones, in separate bouts.

The Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito world championship fight takes place on Saturday, November 13th at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship and is being presented by Top Rank, in association with Cowboys Stadium and MP Promotions and will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Remaining tickets are priced at $700, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50 and can be purchased at the Cowboys Stadium ticket office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at




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Zyrene Parsad to sing Philippine National Anthem for Pacquiao-Margarito Bout in Texas

The November 13th Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito WBC junior middleweight title event figures to be a lively occasion. Aside from seeing the world’s premier fighter going up against his most physically challenging foe, fans will be treated to a solid undercard featuring the likes of former middleweight champion Kelly Pavlik, Cuban standout Guillermo Rigondeaux and an interesting welterweight scrap between Mike Jones and Jesus Soto Karass.

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Las Vegas-based Top Rank promotions certainly knows how to host a party and word has also recently spread that young songstress Zyrene Parsad will likely be singing the national anthem on the night of the 13th at the request of Pacquiao. The General Santos City fighter was reportedly impressed with Parsad’s rendition of the national anthem during the recent Saranggani’s investors’ night at the New World Hotel and asked her to sing the anthem in his fight. Just like that Parsad has the opportunity of a lifetime in front of her.

Parsad is known by many for her involvement on GMA Network’s ARE YOU THE NEXT BIG STAR?, where she finished in third place. As reported by various outlets, Parsad has been running everyday and swimming to strengthen her vocal chords for the event.

It should be noted that the singing of “Lupang Hinirang” has been the center of controversy in recent events, including Martin Nievera’s version at Pacquiao’s May 2009 blowout over Ricky Hatton. Parsad said she will be contacting Teddy Atienza of National Historical Institute on all particulars relating to the expectations of her performance.

There are always several subplots in every notable boxing event. While November 13th will be a chance for Pacquiao to win a title in a record 8th weight division, it will be business as usual in many regards for the 31 year old fighter. It is actually Parsad who will have the chance to also elevate her career to new heights, as the world will surely be watching.


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Sunday, October 10, 2010


Pacquiao Run for Pasig River.


World pound-for-pound king Congressman Manny Pacquiao joined more than 100,000 runners in the fun run called “10.10.10 A Run for the Pasig River” organized by Kapit Bisig Para sa Ilog Pasig. It happened on October 10, 2010 starting at different points, at Mall of Asia, CCP Complex and Ayala Avenue in Makati City. 

The run was aimed at creating advocacy and awareness for the enormous task of cleaning up Pasig River, the biggest waterway going through the urban centers of Metro Manila, even through Malacanan Palace. 

The organizers aimed to raise an amount of P10 million to P12 million from donations and registrations of the fun run. The primary beneficiary is the clean up of Estero de San Miguel, a major tributary to the Pasig River, according to ABS-CBN managing director Gina Lopez. Last year, dredging and relocation of informal settlers along Estero de Paco, a tributary of Pasig River, had started. 

According to Pacquiao, “Pasig is the river of life and the demise of the river due to industrial pollution and the simple acts of throwing garbage is just like a death blow to the generations to come. The clogging of the waterways is just like our downfall because of the hazards brought by the floods.” 

Pacquiao was one concerned citizen who wanted to be counted on as an advocate for the restoration of the life of the Pasig River. He enjoined every individual to unite hand-in-hand, like his every fight, to work for the revitalization of the Pasig. 

He took time out from his sparring sessions and intense training in Baguio City and motored to Manila to take part in the historic Pasig run. 

Runners from the private sector, religious sector, business sector, non-government organizations, students, the police and the armed forces, and government agencies were united in joining the biggest fun run in Philippine history. 

There were 160,000 registrants but only 101,000 runners were accounted at the finish line. It was short of breaking the Guiness World Record of 110,000 runners during the "Bay to Breakers" run in San Francisco, California in 1988. 

But it was 5 times more than the 23,000 runners who took part in the Pasig run last year. And it could still be considered as the biggest advocacy run in the world. 

Pacquiao joined the celebrities and officials who showed up to give moral support to the cause including former President Fidel V. Ramos and wife Ming, Vice-President Jejomar Binay, Mayors Alfredo Lim of Manila and Antonino Calixto of Pasay, Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino, DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde, and Presidential sister Ballsy Aquino-Cruz. 

Top Photo: Congressman and world boxing champion Manny 'Pacman' Pacquiao runs during the 'Run for Pasig River' event in Manila October 10, 2010. Thousands of runners filled up major roads as they joined a fun run which was organized to raise funds to rehabilitate Manila's polluted Pasig River and try to set a Guinness World Record for the most number of participants in a foot race. REUTERS/Cheryl Ravelo. 




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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Sexy Ines Sainz to emcee Pacquiao-Margarito Weigh-In

You might ask, who will be the EMCEE of the Pacquiao vs Margarito Wight-In...

Boxing - TV Azteca reporter Ines Sainz, 33, will participate in a variety of promotional events as well as provide reporting coverage of the WBC light middleweight title bout between Manny Pacquiao (51-3-2) of the Philippines and Antonio Margarito (38-6) of Mexico.  Additionally, Sainz will emcee the televised weigh-in at Cowboys Stadium the day before the fight, a role typically held by long-time ring announcer Michael Buffer.

Photos: Ines Sainz

Top Rank's Bob Arum and Mexican promoter Fernando Beltran arranged for the Mexican sportscaster to participate in pre-fight and fight events for the bout set for November 13 in Arlington, Texas.  The move allows Ines Sainz to engage a large number of Hispanic fans expected to attend the fight, which has experienced high public interest since tickets began being sold on September 18.  Cowboys Stadium will initially be configured for 70,000 seats, with additional capacity available depending on ticket demand.

The Mexican reporter and model brings added publicity to the fight as Sainz was in the news this past September stemming from an incident inside the New York Jets locker room.  The National Football League (NFL) and Jets conducted an investigation after Jets players made harassing, sexually-oriented remarks with Sainz in the locker room after practice.

Playboy expressed interest in shooting naked pictures of the sportscaster.  Ines Sainz, however, tweeted that she would not accept Playboy's offer for a pictorial.  She said a naked shoot would go against her principles.  (Some sports fans believe her.)




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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Margarito twitch making Paclanders extremely nervous

There is a Worry Wall abuilding in Pacland.

I hope it doesn't turn into a Wailing Wall come Nov. 14 if all King Manny's horses and all of his men can't put King Manny back together again.

Manny's left foot is sore.

Manny's got nasal problems.

Manny is playing too much basketball.

It goes on and on.

Right now I'm looking at the glowering face on Antonio Margarito on the cover of The Ring, November, 2008, issue.


I'm also reminded how presciently Shane Mosley trainer and pugilistic philosopher Naazim Richardson said before Mosely beat the Plaster Caster Cheater that the media should avoid demythologizing Margarito if he lost.

"You guys made him into a monster so when Shane beats him, he beats a monster," Richardson said.

Something to that effect and Richardson was right because now some, based on that desultory defeat, brand Margo as a punchbag just waiting to be hit by Pacquiao like a swinging pinata.

But I notice some of the natives are getting the Margarito Twitch as evidenced by a concerned Pacquiao Worldwide Army solider who calls himself "Luvmylilmama."

Here's his plaintive cry of alarm for Mannyites across the globe:

What's goin on with this training drama..

Playing basketball every night.

Skipping running sessions

Traveling to Manila for a speech engagement

Attending birthday party

Pasig run

injured feet and still playing basketball instead of recuperating

Repeated postponed training schedules

Changing by the days of proposed training partners etc.. etc.

Comparing his physique when training for De la Hoya & Cotto, this time around he looks fatter and smaller. Just my personal observation.

One has to wonder.. Did Pac (sic) lost the drive to win?

I'm a big fan, i hate to see him lose to a guy who lost to a Grandpa who lost to a guy that's always on vacation and he supposed to beat.




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The truth hurts so much more than a Pacquiao cross. A perfectly timed punch delivered with the exact amount of speed and power may knock you out cold as it did the pride of Hyde Ricky Hatton in Vegas twice but the truth is something else. It digs deeper into your conscience and saps your self esteem and gradually destroys you. The truth is like a phantom punch with a stigma. 

If I was the most hardcore Antonio Margarito fan in the world these days I would have a difficulty in dealing with honesty. This is not in reference to the hand wrapping issue prior to the Mosley fight in the past which Margarito has vehemently denied any knowledge of. I’m talking about the hurt the truth shall bring come November. If I was that kind of fan I would know how it feels by this time how die-hard Manny Pacquiao fans felt years ago when the word Pacnut had been coined to describe that all-out, blinded following to their Pound 4 Pound idol, except that there isn’t a word I know of that describes Margarito’s hardcore fans. May I suggest the word Margatonto? Or, how about, Cheatolava? Nevertheless, if I was a blinded fan of the Tijuana Tornado who follows him like a worker ant and truly believes at this point that a victory over the Pacman is imminent, Honesty must have been tucked in somewhere in the dark corners of my room and the only way to evade it when I’m all alone in bed at night is to have some of those Tequila Gold shots with a pinch of salt and lemon to boost my confidence and numb the pain. Now I wonder why coach Robert Garcia sounded so confident in stating that they are going to shock the world when they fight Manny come November. Isn’t that phrase a cliché already? 

Behold the truth! 

Antonio Margarito is a rugged edifice built on technical faults. He has not fought for a year after being suspended when he was found to have loaded up his wraps and his last fight was far from interesting in a ten round match that ended in a Unanimous Decision in his favor against Roberto Garcia whom Freddie Roach described as a nice guy who just couldn’t fight. Margarito at best is more hittable than Oscar Dela Hoya. He has practically no defense and just keeps on coming forward that way, and if he continues to do that he will become Manny’s perfect fodder, who thinks Margarito is so slow he throws a punch on Tuesday and lands it on Friday if it ever lands on anything at all with Pacquiao ducking and weaving, firing back with combinations in between. 

I do not believe that speed is something the Tijuana Tornado can substantially increase at this point in his career but if he intends to have a shot and stay in the game against the Pacman he must build up some defense while he continues what he does best, which is to hurl so many punches. He must cut the ring more effectively to put on the pressure as the bigger guy, and I hear he’s been working hard on his leg work, and keep his punches crisp and snap it, snap it back up to protect him from counters, instead of his usual looping shots that takes so much travel time to reach its target. He may as well give Manny that feeling of confidence in the first few rounds as he tends to showboat and fool around, lead him to a trap and work on it. Who knows what could transpire from there? But all these are easier said than done, and the chances of a 32 year old fighter changing his game makes this even tougher. From an objective point of view it is so difficult to imagine Margarito pulling off an upset against the Manny Pacquiao we’re all accustomed to seeing fight- a guy blessed with natural hand speed, speedy footwork, devastating power in both hands, decent defense, unfathomable energy reserve, etc… all a Margarito fan has at this point is hope rather than factual basis for victory… and that is the painful truth. 

Mark F. Villanueva 
Philippine Islands

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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Team Pacquiao Expects Rough and Bruising Fight


BAGUIO CITY — Manny Pacquiao is going to be in a rough and bruising fight with Antonio Margarito, the Filipino’s famed conditioning coach said over the weekend.

“It’s going to be very physical,” said Alex Ariza, tasked to make sure Pacquiao is in excellent condition come Nov. 13 against Tony Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas.

Margarito stands 5-foot-11 and has long arms and Ariza believes that the Mexican will try his best to take advantage of his size and his being a naturally bigger fighter than Pacquiao.

Margarito is a natural super-welterweight (154 lbs) but has fought at extensively at middleweight (160 lbs).

Team Pacquiao is so convinced that Margarito will try to throw his weight around that chief trainer Freddie Roach doesn’t want his prized puncher to get caught sleeping on the ropes.

Roach said Pacquiao must move all the time, not giving Margarito the opportunity to unload.

“Manny doesn’t have to take blows from this guy,” said Roach, who predicts that Pacquiao will catch Margarito with vicious shots by utilizing his huge edge in speed.

During the sparring and mitts sessions the past few days, Roach has employed rough tactics, believing that Margarito will do just about anything to win the scheduled 12-round match for the vacant World Boxing Council 154-lb belt.

Even Pacquiao's sparmates – Glen Tapia and Michael Medina – have bee told to play it physical with Pacquiao, who is aiming to win an unprecedented eighth world title.
Pacquiao has so far logged eight rounds of sparring.



Manny Pacquiao puts Floyd Mayweather in a corner - now to get him in the ring


Any lingering misconception that Floyd Mayweather Jnr might be the one occupying the moral high ground has surely been dispelled by Manny Pacquiao's declared willingness to waive any and all restrictions on blood testing if the richest fight in boxing history ever makes it into the ring.

By lifting his objection to random drugs tests within 14 days of the first bell Pacquiao leaves Mayweather with no excuse for failing to meet the challenge of proving which of them is the greatest pound-for-pound fighter on the planet - assuming of course that any prison sentence Floyd Jnr might be about to receive does not keep him in captivity beyond his pugilistic lifespan.

The concept of Mayweather as the good guy flies against his own carefully constructed, money-making image as boxing's man in the black hat. That has not prevented his camp followers from trying to depict Pacquiao as the villain.

Lately, however, Mayweather has been going out of his way to cast into question the sanity of his most earnest supporters.

First he launched into a racist rant against the recently elected Filipino congressman who is the best boxer in the world in the estimation of most neutral observers.

Then he got himself charged with assault and grand larceny following a confrontational visit to the home of the mother of his two children. For this he faces jail-time if convicted in Las Vegas next month.

For Pacquiao, meanwhile, it will be business as usual. Four nights after the Money Man has his day in court, the Pacman fights light-middleweight champion Antonio Margarito for his unprecedented eighth world title in different divisions.

Manny Pacquiao takes instruction from Buboy Fernandez (right) and Freddie Roach

Ready to go: Pacquiao takes instruction from Buboy Fernandez (right) and Freddie Roach

En route to that appointment with history in Dallas, Pacquiao has cranked up the pressure on Mayweather by categorically agreeing to Olympic standard drugs testing.

Richard Schaefer, chief executive of Mayweather's Golden Boy promoters, says: 'I have no doubt that Manny is sincere when he says he will accept testing up to the day of the fight.'

That puts Mayweather in a corner, albeit not the one across the ring from Pacquiao, not just yet. Assuming that he escapes with nothing more severe than a short prison term, the pressure will be on the angry American to come to terms with Pacquiao for the fight the world most wants to see.

Floyd Mayweather

Up for the fight: the abrasive Mayweather

If, as some in his camp have indicated might happen, Mayweather quibbles over the purse split when each stands to bank anything up to $50million from boxing's first $200m extravaganza, then  the credibility of his claims to ring supremacy will be shot to pieces.

That is already the case now with Team Mayweather's unsubstantiated insinuations that the Pacman has used drugs to bulk up the weight divisions.

Now the undefeated record which Mayweather cherishes and frets over with such paranoia will count for little if he ducks the most potent threat to that statistic.

It is a Catch-22 predicament and it seems Mr Money has not yet been approached even by those closest to him to respond to Pacquiao's declaration.

All he wanted to talk about on a radio interview this weekend was to deny the assault charges, how his children are being coached to give evidence against him and how he is looking forward to marrying a lady known only as Ms Jackson with rapper 50 Cent as his best man.

That should be a wedding to remember.

The only oblique reference to Pacquiao came by way of a protestation that with his unbeaten record he does not need the endorsement of 'just one opponent' to confirm his pound-for-pound majesty. Call me a cynic, but that suggests he is less than eager to risk meeting Pacquiao in the ring.

Will the yes-men in Mayweather's camp please nerve themselves to tell him that his only face-saving answer to the real question is to come out fighting.

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