Margarito is going to overwhelm Pacquiao with shots
By Dave Lahr: If you’ve seen how good Antonio Margarito has looked in training recently, you’ve got idea what Manny Pacquiao is up against in their fight on November 13th. Margarito looks to be in the best shape since his fight with Miguel Cotto two years ago, when Margarito was at his physical peak.
Margarito has always been known for his ability to throw massive quantities of punches with a lot of power. On average, Margarito would throw 100 punches per round, and basically overwhelm his opponents when they would try to engage with him.
Shane Mosley wasn’t interested in fighting Margarito, and instead he punched and clinched all night long. But Pacquiao has got a big enough ego that he’s going to actually try to stand and trade with Margarito. That’s going to be Pacquiao’s downfall in this fight. He’s been reading his own press reports, and he’s got so many people kissing his backside 24/7, telling him how great he is, and that’s why he’s going to try and match Margarito punch for punch.
That will be the little Filipino’s biggest mistake. He doesn’t have the size, the chin or the ability to stand and trade with a big fighter like Margarito. Forget about all that nonsense about Margarito no longer having power; he can still punch like an ox, and when you get hit 100 times from him in a round, it’s going to have disastrous effects on Pacquiao’s face.
When you got a little guy like Pacquiao, who used to be hitting by other little fighters, it’s going to be a shock for him to be getting pounded on by the bigger Margarito. If Miguel Cotto, a small welterweight, had been able to stand and trade with Pacquiao for 12 rounds, instead of running, he would have beaten Pacquiao to a pulp. The same thing for Oscar De La Hoya.
He would have turned Pacquiao into mincemeat if he didn’t starve himself on deer meat and come into his fight looking emaciated. But if he had fought Pacquiao and been able to throw down for 12 rounds, he would have messed Pacquiao up bad.
Pacquiao has had things really easy lately because all these guys are either running, starved or getting beaten up early in the fight without throwing any punches. Margarito will be throwing punches, and he’s not starved, weight drained and he won’t quickly fold without throwing his shots. He’s going to be there dropping bombs on Pacquiao and giving him pure hell until he blasts Pacquiao out.