Pacquiao: Even his critics struggle to find fault in his recent run. His loss to Morales (a setback he twice avenged) is his only since 1999. Since moving up and beating lightweight titlist David Diaz in 2008, Pacquiao has shown improved form while beating the best at 140 and 147 pounds. His right hand has become better and he’s now more difficult to hit. For a 4-division champion to have a mid-career renaissance is highly unusual and has put Pacquiao in rarefied air. He actually stepped up his game significantly during a time when most top fighters flatten out in their careers.
Margarito: Antonio was moving along quite well before the Mosley fight. His stirring win over Miguel Cotto had Margarito at the top of the sport. No one could have predicted the disaster that became the Shane Mosley encounter, however. Has a fighter ever had more fallout from one fight? Not only did he get shellacked by the 4-1 underdog, but the loaded gloves controversy that followed served to put his entire career under scrutiny. He didn’t look great in his comeback fight in Mexico either—his only win in the past 2+ years. Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito Live Stream Online
If one were to scan through my coverage leading up to the dreaded announcement that Manny Pacquiao would face Antonio Margarito for the Super Welterweight title, then you would know that I have been very critical of allowing Margarito a second chance to fight for a title in which he has not even proven himself as a contender, or allow Pacquiao to fight for a title in a weight class where he has never once been.
Pacquiao: Has a pro record of 51-3-2 (38 KOs). One of the best records of the modern era. Beat Chatchai Sasakul for his first title. Sasakul was linear Flyweight Champion who had dethroned flyweight-of-the-nineties Yuri Arbachakov. Beat “the man” at 122 in classy Lehlo Ledwaba. Holds two wins each over Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales—two of the signature lower-weight fighters of the past quarter-century. Holds a draw and decision win over future Hall of Famer Juan Manuel Marquez. Effectively ended the careers of Oscar De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton. Welterweight credentials bolstered by wins over top guys Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey. Has beaten 16 fighters with world title resumes
you just don’t see the same criticism for what he considered “sickening.” So if these sports scribes view Mosley’s admitted use of EPO on the same level as Margarito’s hand wraps, why is Manny Pacquiao such a villain for fighting a man much bigger than himself after the opponent served his sentence while Floyd Mayweather is supposedly stepping up to fight a once great 38 year old boxer who was guilty of injecting performance enhancers without so much as a mild suspension? Mosley, as much as I like him as a person and a fighter, is an admitted user of EPO and was not ridiculed by Iole or Rogers for attempting to fight Floyd Mayweather
Yes and no. Based on his recent body of work, combined with the shame of using sheet-rock accessories in his gloves, it is a stretch to justify him as an opponent. Good thing for Margarito that Bob Arum has a soft spot for him, in addition to an optimistic view in the area of personal redemption. On the basis of sheer merit and ability, Margarito could prove to be one of Manny’s toughest foes as of late.
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