…in tomorrow’s vacant WBC light-middle weight title
By: Kofi Owusu Aduonum
Manny Pacquiao says he’s got himself back in tip-top shape to face Antonio Margarito in their WBC Light middleweight title at the Cowboys Stadium, Arlington, Texas, tomorrow.
The Pacman bids for a world title in an astonishing eighth weight division, when he meets the disgraced Mexican in Texas for the vacant WBC light-middleweight belt.
And there have been rumours that all has not gone smoothly in Manny’s preparations, as he tries to combine prizefighting with his political duties as a newly-elected Congressman.
Pacquaio himself, admitted: “For the early part of the camp, not the last three weeks in the Philippines, it was not as good, and Freddie was not happy.
That is why I am trying my best now to get in great shape and to work, and that’s what I did. Freddie was very happy when I got back here and he saw my condition, especially, during sparring, and there is no problem. “Freddie is worried about me, and I understand that. We had a good training camp this time.”
Pacquiao is well aware of boxing history, and knows just how much conquering yet another frontier will mean at the gleaming Cowboys Stadium tomorrow night.
He said: “This is why I do my best in training this time. This is going to be another record in boxing, and I have to be in great condition to win. We consider this a very important fight in my whole career.”
Pacquiao is used to being the smaller man these days, having obliterated the likes of Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky Hatton and Miguel Cotto in the past couple of years.
The size difference will be even more marked against Margarito – who was big at welterweight.
Pacquiao said: “In our training today, we started hard against big guys, taller, to give them that advantage.
We had plans for this camp to train him, and prepared ourselves with that strategy so we will have no problem with him.
We do our best in training. With our strategy, we are not worried about size.
I believe I can fight the bigger guys, even though I am small, compared to them, but we always believe in our talent.”
Trainer Freddie Roach meanwhile, said simply: “The bigger he is, the better it is for us. Size doesn’t win fights, skill does, and we outweigh them in that department.
This will not be a difficult fight for us at all.”