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(Pacquiao left, Margarito right; credit: Chris Farina, Top Rank)
There's a not-as-cut-as-usual-looking Manny Pacquiao, weighing in yesterday at a slight 144.6 to Antonio Margarito's 150. It's not surprising that Pacquiao would come in under 150; it's surprising how far. He's emphasizing his speed, but I wonder if that's too bad a starting point for him. We'll find out soon enough.
That and some other Pacquiao-Margarito leftovers consume the bulk of this edition of Quick Jabs, because the fight has dominated boxing's headlines, good and bad.
Don't follow boxing very often, but you want to know the gist of Saturday's fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito? Follow boxing all the time, and want one place that rounds up all the links about the junior middleweight showdown you could ever want? This Ultimate Guide to the Nov. 13 pay-per-view bout is for you, no matter what kind you are.
So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest fights of 2010, Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13. Before: the debate over purchasing the pay-per-view; the stakes of the bout; keys to the fight, part I and II; and the final preview and prediction. Next: the ultimate guide, a wrap-up of all the best links, video and more.
Top Rank meant well -- or, at least, better than terrible -- for its pay-per-view undercard supporting Manny Pacquiao's junior middleweight bout with Antonio Margarito. And it does feature at least two somewhat compelling bouts, even after former middleweight star Kelly Pavlik pulled out of his undercard fight. So +1 to Top Rank for coming up with a better undercard than some of the other crappy undercards it's had before, despite Pavlik departing. That undercard, plus heavyweight David Haye's latest overseas shelter from the Klitschko brothers, head up the non-Pacquiao-Margarito slate this weekend.
So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest fights of 2010, Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13. Before: the debate over purchasing the pay-per-view; the stakes of the bout; and keys to the fight, part I and II. Next: the rest of the weekend schedule, including the Pacquiao-Margarito undercard.
With so much wrong about boxing on display from the moment Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito signed to fight one another, with so much polarizing about this match-up to fans, you wouldn’t think it could get any worse in the days leading up to the bout, but it has. The failed attempt by Pacquiao to lure Floyd Mayweather into the ring, the Margarito glove-loading scandal, the more qualified opponents passed over so Top Rank could keep the bout in house… then, days ago, came the video that surfaced of Margarito’s camp mocking Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach for having Parkinson’s disease.
There are fans who are looking forward to this bout, because it features the biggest and best fighter in the world, among other reasons. But there are others, such as myself, who just want Saturday to come and go already. Then the next weekend comes a fight that isn’t polarizing at all and shows so much that’s right about boxing: Paul Williams’ rematch with middleweight champion Sergio Martinez.
But Saturday hasn’t come and gone yet, so we don’t know the ending to this saga so brimming with negativity. We can only try to imagine.
(Cheerleader cheerleader Manny Pacquiao cheerleader Antonio Margarito cheerleader cheerleader. Credit: Chris Farina, Top Rank)
So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest fights of 2010, Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13. Before: the debate over purchasing the pay-per-view; the stakes of the bout; and keys to the fight, part I. Next: the final preview and prediction.
Mind. Matter. How do Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito stack up in those categories? In the second of two parts, we compare their more mental attributes.
So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest fights of 2010, Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13. Before: the debate over purchasing the pay-per-view, and the stakes of the bout. Next: keys to the fight, part II.
Mind. Matter. How do Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito stack up in those categories? In the first of two parts, we compare their physical attributes.
The Klitschko brothers, while unfairly ridiculed and marginalized at times, definitely aren't the most exciting or most marketable of heavyweight champs. The division has stagnated under their rule, in part because of their utter dominance over the current crop of big boys, but also because of their inability to draw fan interest West of the River Rhine.
David Haye brought his swagger into the picture by immediately confronting Wladimir Klitschko on an escalator before a Klitschko press conference in London.
The incident, posted on YouTube and spread throughout the media, made Haye an instant press magnet and, in some circles, a bit of a cult hero. Nobody had seen such heavyweight theatrics since Tyson was threatening to eat opponents' children.
Let's see how long this video stays up. Lots of sordid things going on here -- the offending footage, shot by an ostensible video journalist, was edited out, which isn't my understanding of what journalists are supposed to do. This appears to be something of a pirated version.
The video largely speaks for itself. Lightweight Brandon Rios definitely is mocking the Parkinson's disease of Manny Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach. Whether Antonio Margarito was mocking it too -- or just saying Roach was scared -- requires some understanding of Spanish, and maybe a generous spirit even then.
(h/t BLH and @milogeorge on Twitter)
[UPDATE: The unedited video has, naturally, been pulled from YouTube, but Deadspin is hosting it here. And you'd be happy to learn that the original impression of Roach was all a big mistake. You see, they didn't know he had Parkinson's, even though it's one of the two main things anyone knows about Roach, the other being that he trains Pacquiao.]
So continues our marathon coverage of one of the biggest fights of 2010, Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13. Before: the debate over purchasing the pay-per-view. Next: the keys to the fight.
This fight Saturday is not the fight anyone asked for from the pound-for-pound best boxer alive. Manny Pacquiao tried, and his promoter Top Rank tried, and network titan HBO tried, to give us that fight Saturday night. Pacquiao compromised -- all but caved, really -- on the drug testing regime Floyd Mayweather sought but had no rational basis for demanding during the first round of negotiations in the winter. But Mayweather, the next-best fighter of his generation, still said "no." It's never been clear why the greedy Mayweather was so disinterested in what would assuredly be the richest boxing match of all time, but cowardice, legal troubles for his uncle-trainer and a rising apathy toward the sport that made him a star are theories, each unflattering in their own ways.
So instead, we get this fight: Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito. It is a poor substitute. Margarito is best known within boxing circles for his role in one of the more prominent scandals in recent years when, one night in 2008, he went from a fan-favorite top-5 pound-for-pound fighter to a man busted with plaster-loaded gloves and knocked out by Shane Mosley. He hasn't recovered since, as a competitive fighter or as a popular one, although he has his backers and remains popular in his homeland of Mexico.
That alone, though, does not tell the tale of Pacquiao-Margarito. There are other storylines that make this fight what it is.