Manny Pacquiao has forgotten all about the Floyd Mayweather fiasco and moved on to fight former WBA and IBF Welterweight Champion Antonio Margarito on November 13.
Recently published reports indicate that Pacquiao is the favorite 4-1 over Margarito, however, the fight will be more intricate than that.
Pacquiao will be looking to claim his eighth world championship in a different weight class, while Margarito will be looking to redeem himself from the tampered hand wraps scandal.
Both fighters have a gift with gloves and a heart of a champion. Here's three matchups to watch carefully during the fight.
Pacquiao's Strength vs. Margarito's Chin
Everyone knows that Pac Man has incredible punching power. His strength is clearly reflected in his knockout ratio. Pacquiao has knocked out 38 of his 51 (67 percent) opponents he was victorious over.
However, Margarito is not human. He eats jabs, hooks, and haymakers for breakfast. So don't count Margarito out, because if there's one thing he's known for, it's his iron chin.
Pacquiao's Experience vs. Margarito's Hometown
It's not official yet, but according to several published reports, Pacquiao-Margarito will take place in Monterrey, Mexico. Margarito is a Mexican-American who currently resides in Tijuana, so the hometown advantage should work heavily in his favor.
Nonetheless, Pacquiao is a seasoned veteran. He fights anywhere and everywhere, so hometown advantage seems to be no object to Pacquiao. In fact, the last time Pacquiao fought in the Phillipines was in 2001.
Pacquiao's Patience vs. Margarito's Endurance
Like I stated earlier, Margarito is known for being able to take a punch and for that reason his stamina and heart allow him to win matches. He simply outworks opponents.
Pacquiao has quite a bit of stamina himself, however his style of fighting may make it difficult to conserve his energy if this fight goes to a 12-round decision. He is an offensive fighter who has the ability to knock a fighter out at any time. That could be a double-edged sword though; if he is unable to knockout Margarito, watch out.
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