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'.


credits: examiner.com


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