Pacquiao To Win Fight Despite Margarito's Height and Reach Advantages

Leo ReyesAnalyst IJuly 26, 2010

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao waves to the crowd before the weigh-in for his upcoming bout against WBO welterweight champion Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 13, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao and Cotto will meet in a WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand on November 14.  Pacquiao weighed in at 144 pounds and Cotto weighed in at 145 pounds.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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Popular Filipino boxing champion Manny Pacquiao is expected to win his upcoming fight with Antonio Margarito despite the Mexican boxer's height and reach advantages.

Pacquiao and Margarito are scheduled to clash on November 13 in either Las Vegas, Nevada or Monterey in Mexico. Abu Dhabi in the UAE is also being considered as a possible venue.

Maragarito stands at 5'11" with a reach of 73" while Pacquiao stands at  5'6.5" with a reach of 67".

Pacquiao is expected to capitalize on his power and speed while Margarito will likewise make full use of his height and reach advantages.

Pacquiao and Margarito are campaigning in the junior middleweight or super welterweight division.

The super-welter division has a limit of 154 lbs and Pacquiao’s camp believes it is fair that Margarito agree to such a unique weight setup being a naturally bigger fighter.

Because of Margarito's superior physical advantage over the Filipino boxer, some knowledgeable boxing fans believe the fight is a mismatch, very much the same as the Pacquiao-De La Hoya fight.

Days before the Pacquiao-De La Hoya fight, many boxing fans said the fight was a mismatch and Pacquiao had no chance of winning.

On December 6, 2008, Pacquiao fought Oscar De La Hoya at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada. Tale of the tape showed De La Hoya had a 3.5" advantage in height and 6" advantage in reach.

Despite De La Hoya's physical superiority, Pacquiao pummeled the Golden Boy to submission and won the fight via eighth round TKO.

Margarito and De La Hoya have almost the same physical build though De La Hoya is shorter by an inch.

The following fighter's profile clearly shows Antonio Margarito's height and weight advantages over Manny Pacquiao.

                                          FIGHTER'S PROFILE

                                  MANNY PACQUIAO          ANTONIO MARGARITO

    Age                                 31                                 32

    Height                             5' 6.5"                             5'11"

    Reach                              67"                                73"

    Stance                            southpaw                        orthodox

    Win/Loss/Draw                  51-3-2                           38-6-0

    Division                           welterweight                    light middleweight

    Nationality                       Filipino                            Mexican/American

Despite Margarito's natural advantage as shown in his profile, boxing fans predict Pacquiao will win over the much bigger Mexican boxer mainly because of his vaunted power and speed.

But cautious fans of the Filipino boxer say Pacquiao's campaign at higher weights could have some diminishing returns especially if he is fighting a seasoned opponent.

Margarito is naturally a bigger fighter and he is surely bent on imposing his size on the pound-for-pound king in the early rounds for a possible upset and with his mind focused on having a crack at the controversial Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

On the other hand, Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach said he is confident Pacquiao will demolish Margarito and win via knock out.