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The Trainers Have Made Their Predictions: Freddie Roach Says Pac-Man To Win Between Eight and Nine, Robert Garcia Says Margarito Will Score 11th-Round KO!

By James Slater - Freddie Roach, trainer, of course, of Manny Pacquiao, is known for making pre-fight predictions involving his own fighters. Roach is also recognised as a man who is often dead right with his forecasts. For this coming Saturday’s big fight between Pac-Man and Mexico’s Antonio Margarito, Roach has stuck with his prediction of a Pacquiao KO win, “between rounds eight and nine.”

On the other side, is “Tony’s” trainer, Robert Garcia. Less vocal than Roach and not overly known for making pre-fight predictions - certainly not when it comes to picking the exact round anyway - Garcia has also weighed-in with his opinion on what will happen in the ring in Texas when the two fighters battle over the vacant WBC light-middleweight belt..

“I like it in the later rounds,” Garcia is quoted as saying by Pinoy Boxing Republic. “I’m picking [round] 11. The longer the fight goes, the better our chances. That’s guaranteed. Knockout, knockout! No doubt about it. But it’s going to be a tough fight.”

A tough fight would surprise no-one. Promoter Bob Arum has also predicted a Pac-Man win, but he has warned that “The Tijuana Tornado” has the stuff needed to upset his prize. And even Roach himself has admitted he has some concerns over this fight, primarily due to how his fighter had his “worst ever” training camp.

Ask a hundred experts, however, and it’s more than likely eighty or more will tell you Pacquiao will prevail on Saturday, and pick up his history-making eighth “world” title.

But Garcia is having none of it. Saying he has studied the Filipino southpaw for a long time, the trainer claims to have found flaws in Pac-Man’s fighting style.

“I know my fighter,” Garcia said, in answer to why he is so confident Margarito will pull it off on Saturday. “I know the condition he’s in, the heart that he’s got. And I’ve been watching Pacquiao fights over and over again the past three months. Margarito’s height and reach will be a big advantage, we’re gonna push him to fight.”

Garcia wouldn’t reveal the “flaws” he has seen in Pacquiao, but he did say “we will see that on the day of the fight.” Has Garcia picked up on just one flaw?

The trainer spoke about the weight Margarito will step into the ring at.

“He’ll be coming in at 150 during the weigh in,” he said. “And come fight night, 160, 162 maybe. But no, we won’t go up to 165.”

So, if this prediction is a correct one, Pac-Man will be facing a fully-fledged middleweight in a little over three day’s time. Could this one actually be Manny’s toughest fight in a long, long time?

Article posted on 10.11.2010



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