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Pac-Man Says He’ll Enter Ring Vs. Margarito No Heavier Than 151-Pounds, Will Target The Mexican’s Midsection

boxingBy James Slater - Manny Pacquiao, whilst speaking with members of the media yesterday, said he will climb into the ring for his November 13th bout with Mexico’s Antonio Margarito at 151-pounds max. Currently weighing that weight now, the pound-for-pound king will not put on any further pounds before the big fight in Texas.

As has been reported, the fight, for the vacant WBC 154-pound title, will be boxed at a catch-weight, with both guys allowed to come in no higher than the 151 Manny is comfortable at. Unfair when considering how big the 32-year-old Margarito is? Probably; but not too many fans are on “Tony’s” side regarding this or anything else due to you know what! So, the best fighter on the planet once again enters a fight with what some fans would call a loaded deck. Margarito isn’t allowed to weigh-in for the fight (24 hours before the bout) any higher than 151, and Pac-Man doesn’t want to.

Will the boiling down Margarito has to do weaken him to the point that he has nothing, or close to nothing to give, with no real snap on his punches come fight night? It’s very likely. But again, the majority of fans will not be too concerned, seeing as they are eagerly looking forward to watching the fighter dubbed “Margacheato” take a fearful hiding..

Pacquiao, obviously the faster man, especially with the catch-weight thing to benefit him, has made it clear - at least one of his assistants has made it clear - that he will target the taller fighter’s midsection. Aiming to chop Margarito down bit by bit, piece by piece and further weaken him with savage body shots, Pac-Man is almost certain to succeed - in the process picking up his eighth world title.

Would the fight be any different if Margarito, who, after the weigh-in, will likely enter the ring at anywhere from 155 to 160-plus, were allowed to jump on the scale at a full 154? Probably not too much different, but it’s true some fans are growing tired of the catch-weight fights Pac-Man engages in. If the fight is for the light-middleweight title, which it is, then both men should be allowed to weigh-in at the light-middleweight limit.

“Remember, the bigger they are the harder they fall,” a Pacquiao advisor said yesterday with regards to the size of Margarito. Yes, but would the Mexican fall quite as quickly if he were not forced to kill himself to make 151-pounds!

Article posted on 11.09.2010



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