Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito Announce November Battle at Cowboys Stadium

Sean MaloneContributor ISeptember 5, 2010

Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito Announce November Battle at Cowboys Stadium

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    When Manny Pacquiao battered Joshua Clottey this past spring at Cowboys Stadium, the event was lauded as a huge success for the sport of boxing.  After all, it’s hard to front on the results when over 50,000 people crammed into the overtly-ostentatious stadium and the event did north of 700,000 PPV buys.  By any calculations, the fight was a success, even if the main event lacked fireworks.  With the open embrace the DFW Metroplex gave Pacquiao, there was little doubt that Top Rank and Pacquiao would soon return to North Texas.

    Well, the time is now and the “Pacman” will once again make boxing front page news here in the DFW when he takes on former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium on November 13.  The fight will air on HBO Pay-Per-View.

    Friday afternoon, Pacquiao, Margarito, HBO and Top Rank, along with Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones held an open press conference at Cowboys Stadium to formally announce the fight.  A huge, vocal, throng of fight fans descended upon the stadium to witness two of the most popular fighters in the game.  With Pacquiao’s whirlwind style taking on Margarito’s smothering pressure, the fight has fireworks written all over it. 

    (All photos © Edward Garza/

Manny Pacquiao Congressman

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    Pacquiao, who was elected to the Philippine Congress this year, brought his chief of staff with him on his American media tour.  Pacquiao, looked the part, and reports coming from the Philippines are that he is dead serious about being a voice in government for his people.

    (All photos © Edward Garza/

The Disgraced Fighter

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    Antonio Margarito, who has taken a serious hit in popularity following the hand wrap incident, was greeted by a deafening chorus of cheers from the Mexican fight fans in attendance.  Say what you will, but Margarito still seems to enjoy superstar status by many of his fellow countrymen. 

    (All photos © Edward Garza/

Title Fight

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    Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito will fight for the WBC super welterweight title even though the bout is rumored to be at a contracted weight of 150 lbs.  The WBC belt will be unique in that the Top Rank logo will be added to the belt along with a star to represent the Dallas Cowboys. 

    (All photos © Edward Garza/

Local Fighter Robert Marroquin Will Fight On Undercard

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    Dallas' own Robert Marroquin was introduced to the crowd.  The undefeated prospect has rapidly become one of Top Rank’s prized young fighters and he will be featured on the Pacquiao-Margarito undercard. 

    (All photos © Edward Garza/