Manny Pacquiao: 10 Other Habits He Has To Lose To Beat Antonio Margarito

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2010

Manny Pacquiao: 10 Other Habits He Has To Lose To Beat Antonio Margarito

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    Manny Pacquiao's passion for playing basketball has irked trainer Freddie Roach.

    Roach said Tuesday that Manny must stop being Manny, meaning he must put down the bouncing ball and start focusing on his November 13 fight against Antonio Margarito.

    With the bout now less than a month away, Pacquiao needs to start focusing on the fight that no boxing fans really want to see.

    Here's a look at 10 habits Manny Pacquiao should kick in the weeks leading up to the Margarito fight.

No. 10: Dont Even Think About Acting

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    The world's best fighter has done more than just dabble in acting.

    He has made attempts to become a star on the silver screen, even getting a lead role in a film that was released in the Philippines.

    There have been rumors he has spoken with Sylvester Stallone about obtaining a possible role in a Hollywood film at some point down the road.

    Put those acting dreams on hold, at least for the moment...

No. 9: Don't Even Think About Cheating

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    Does Manny really want to fight Margarito?  Probably not.

    With that in mind, he might prefer to do other things besides train.

    As the fight approaches, he could start to get nervous.

    What would the world say if he was upset by the underdog Mexican fighter?

    Manny might be tempted to take a page out of Margarito's book and cheat, doctoring his wraps to had a little more power to his lethal punch.

    Hopefully he isn't tempted to challenge fate.

No. 8: Don't Get Lazy

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    So, is Manny Pacquiao really skipping morning runs because he is tired from playing basketball?

    If not, it's very possible he is just getting a little burned out.

    Granted, he has spent the last few months taking on additional congressional duties and trying to dodge Floyd Mayweather's jabs in the press, but he has been fighting all his life.

    Maybe he is just getting tired of it.

    An early 6-1 favorite over Margarito, just how hard does he really have to train to win?

No. 7: He Better Not Be Singing

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    Manny is an entertainer, but he should limit his dazzling displays to the ring.

    In case you didn't catch this performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, here is an idea on just how good of a signer he is.

    Ever the perfectionist, who knows if Manny is taking both acting and singing lessons in an effort to follow in the footsteps of great entertainers ranging from Bing Crosby to Lindsey Lohan...

No. 6: He Had Better Be Staying Out Of Trouble

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    In case you haven't been paying attention, the media enjoys making even the slightest personality flaw into an international sensation.

    As both an athlete and a politician, Manny has access to certain things most lay people can only dream about.

    The temptations are certainly always going to be there.

    All has been quiet on the Manny rumor-mill since last year when he was allegedly linked to Filipina babe Krista Ranillo.

    Let's hope it stays that way.

No. 5: Stop Worrying About Floyd Mayweather

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    Since there will never be a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, it's about time both competitors stop chirping about it.

    Or at least, the one competitor who is actually training for a fight should be quiet.

    It's amazing how the biggest story in boxing remains a fight that isn't likely to happen.

    In the meantime, Manny should stop worrying about what is coming out of the Mayweather camp and focus on his training.

No. 4: Stop Politican'

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    Manny's love for politics is certainly not a bad thing, but it certainly doesn't make it easy for him to continue a professional boxing career.

    Pacquiao's congressional duties have added another layer to his already complex life, and created more distraction as he readies for his fight.

No. 3: Don't Grant An Interview To Ines Sainz

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    Ines Sainz will be there when Manny Pacquiao takes the ring with Antonio Margarito on November 13.

    The voluptuous reporter for TV Azteca would probably love to sit Manny down for a face-to-face interview to build up the pre-fight chatter.

    It might be a good idea to stay away from Sainz, at least until after the actual fight ends.

    No need to create another potential distraction...

No. 2: Learn to Be More Agreeable

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    This isn't the fight everyone wants to see, and Pacquiao knows it.

    Floyd Mayweather has been more ridiculous than Pacquiao, but both are at fault for postponing what would likely be an epic battle in the ring.

    It's time for Manny to take one for the team and agree to whatever Mayweather's conditions are.

    The man of the world would be even more beloved if he ate a piece of humble pie and did whatever it takes to usher in the fight.

No. 1: Stop Trying to Be Roy Jones Jr.

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    Put down the basketball Manny, and walk away.

    At least for now.

    Based on Roach's statement, it appears Pacquiao would rather train for the sport he plays for fun than devote time and energy to his actual occupation.

    Perhaps we are all missing the point here.

    Does Manny want to be a two-sport star?

    Roy Jones Jr. remains the only man who has fought in a boxing match and played in a professional basketball game on the same day.

    Records are made to be broken, and maybe Manny  believes he has the skills to play pro ball somewhere.

    Unless he can leap like Spud Webb, he would be wise to shelve his hoop dreams and concentrate on making quick work of Margarito.

    After that, he can have some fun.