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Predictions: Pacquiao vs. Margarito

Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is stretched

Boxer Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines is stretched before a workout in Grapevine, Texas, Tuesday. (Nov. 9, 2010) Photo Credit: AP

These picks were compiled by Newsday and boxing public relations man, Ed Keenan.

Yuri Foreman, former junior middleweight world champion:  "I pick PacMan, because he is more versatile, he has the advantage of speed and lateral movement. He is just an overall a better boxer."
 
Roy Jones Jr, eight-time world champion:  "I love Pacquiao.  He's a gifted talent in and out of the ring.  If he's still as smart as usual, he should pull it out."
 
Joshua Clottey, a two-time world champion who has fought both men: "Pacquiao is going to win by hitting him with too many punches.  I can tell by the interviews that Margarito thinks Pacquiao doesn't have the power because he is so small, but he does have the power. Because of this, Margarito will eventually turn the fight into a street fight, a do-or-die fight.  This would not be good for Margarito because Pacquiao will then hit him with so many punches, Margarito will go down and Pacquiao will knock him out. To have a chance in the fight, Margarito needs to respect him in the ring by throwing jabs and fighting a smart fight.  If he does this, he will have a slight chance of winning. A slight chance, but I don't think so."

Angelo Dundee, Hall-of-fame trainer: "The style of Margarito is the style that gives a southpaw trouble.  He comes forward and the only way to fight a southpaw is to come forward.  That is my interpretation.  I trained a half dozen southpaws.  I had a boxer named Andy Durell fight the greatest boxer of all time, Willie Pep, and he took it as a warm-up in Miami Beach. The southpaw gave him all the trouble he wanted, busted him up and everything and it was supposed to be an easy fight. Margarito has the style to give him ulcers.  Margarito will be the biggest guy he has fought and he will fight aggressively and throw punches from every angle.  It is going to be a great fight and I am glad it was made, I mean how long can you crucify a guy?  It was wrong that Las Vegas turned the fight down. I like the area that the fight is going to be in and the crowd is going to be with Margarito.  It is a tough fight and it wouldn’t amaze me to see Margarito come away with a win.  I worked a couple of underdog fights, Ali and Liston, Willie Pastrano and Harold Johnson, Rodriguez and Griffith. Odds don’t mean nothing, it is the individuals that are fighting each other that mean everything.  By the way, the greatest fight fan I know is Jerry Jones – I signed a football for him one time when I was walking by his office. I can’t wait to see it and I would love to be there."

Greg Logan, Newsday:  "My pick is Manny Pacquiao by KO 10. The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Antonio Margarito might tower over Pacquiao with a five-inch height advantage, but he's rusty from having only one dull tuneup after his one-year suspension. Bob Arum says Pacquiao seems to have a facility for handling all the distractions in his life, but more importantly, the promoter suggested Pacquiao's hand speed will be impossible for Margarito to match. I agree. Pacquiao has the ability to punch from odd angles, which means he can get inside to deliver flurries of punches. It will take awhile to chop Margarito down to size, but Pacquiao will get it done eventually to win a world title in a record eighth weight class."
 

Marcus Henry, Newsday:  "Manny Pacquiao has been cruising in the ring the last two years. In fact, he hasn't really been tested since his second fight against Juan Manuel Marquez in May, 2008. With five relatively easy fights (Joshua Clottey, Miguel Cotto, Ricky Hatton, Oscar de la Hoya, David Diaz) over the last two years and his commitment to the Filipino government, will Pacquiao be motivated?  As for Antonio Margarito, he looked terrible against Shane Mosely, but that fight was almost two years ago. He was a bit sluggish in his comeback fight against Roberto Garcia, too. One thing Margarito has going for him is a strong chin. He took some punishment in his fights against Cotto and Mosley. Pacquiao will emerge here, but it won't be a walk-through. Margarito's strong chin will keep him in it. Pacquiao prevails, 116-112."

John "Iceman" Scully, former cruiserweight contender and current ESPN analyst: "When I first heard that this fight was made, I instinctively decided on Pacquiao by one-sided victory. After giving it a lot of thought, though, I have very mixed feelings about the fight. On one hand, I could see Margarito surprising a lot of people with his focus and determination and his ability to pressure Pacquiao like no one ever has before. He could follow a very busy jab with physical aggression that would see him roughly back PacMan up and cause him to work harder than he ever has before in the middle of the ring and off the ropes on the way to a shocking TKO defeat. He takes some real punishment along the way but he accepts it suprisingly well and comes back to win in strong fashion. On the other hand, I could see a prefectly executed game plan by PacMan that has him using sharp angles and sneaky fast counter punches, along with constant side-to-side movement, to overwhelm Antonio on the way to a decisive late stoppage win. If I had to bet my last dollar I would go with option number two, Pacquaio by convincing victory over a very frustrated Antonio Margarito."

Jamie Drubin, former New York State cruiserweight champion: "I like Pacquiao to win. I think he's too fast for Margarito."

Bobby Cassidy, Newsday: "Although he is very big, probably the biggest fighter that Pacquiao has faced, size has not mattered much in Pacquiao's recent fights. Margarito is a slow starter. Pacquiao is not. I think Pacquiao opens an early lead in this fight and never looks back. Margarito throws wide punches, Pacquiao will fire down the middle and score at will. Pacquiao is too fast and he will stop Margarito in the 9th round."

Jeff Mayweather, former welterweight contender and Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s uncle: "I lean toward Pacquiao. He's too fast and can get in and out fast enough not to be hit by Margarito. Margarito's handspeed is extremely slow by comparison. Plus, it looks as though Margarito doesn't have much room to lose another four pounds. That could be a problem during the fight. He may start strong and fast but it won't be long before the effects of the catch-weight of 150 pounds gets to him. "

 

 
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