Brock Lesnar and Manny Pacquiao: 10 Reasons the Boxer Won't Suffer Same Fate

Brian Ethridge@BriEthridgeCorrespondent IIIOctober 25, 2010

Brock Lesnar and Manny Pacquiao: 10 Reasons the Boxer Won’t Suffer Same Fate

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14:  Manny Pacquiao celebrates his 12 round TKO victory against Miguel Cotto as Cotto is consoled by referee Kenny Bayless after their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevad
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    When Brock Lesnar lost to Cain Velasquez on Saturday night, many Manny Pacquiao fans started wondering if their favorite fighter could suffer the same fate on Nov. 13, when he faces Antonio Margarito.

    Velasquez sent shock waves throughout the sport of MMA with his shocking upset victory over Lesnar to become the new heavyweight champion of the world.

    It would be an even bigger surprise if Antonio Margarito somehow managed to defeat the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world, Manny Pacquiao.

    While there’s always a possibility of an upset, here are 10 reasons Pacquiao won’t suffer the same fate.

Wake-Up Call

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines looks on in the ring against Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimous deci
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    Many of Pacquiao’s fans have been worried with his lack of focus in training due to his position in the Philippines Congress.  

    If anything, Lesnar’s upset loss will serve as a wake-up call to Manny and his associates.

    Nobody is invincible, not even Pacquiao. If they don’t want to suffer the same fate as Lesnar, then his associates better leave him alone and let him focus on boxing.

    The MMA upset has reminded all of us that, regardless of how talented a fighter may be, there’s always a chance they could lose.

Less Cocky

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    LAS VEGAS - JULY 11:  Brock Lesnar reacts after knocking out Frank Mir during their heavyweight title bout during UFC 100 on July 11, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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    Whether Brock Lesnar is still trying to play a WWE character or not, he comes off as a very cocky and arrogant person.

    Manny Pacquiao is the total opposite. One of the reasons he has so many fans around the world is because he’s very personable and down to earth.

    He has worked his butt off to get to where he is today. While he’s confident, there isn’t an ounce of arrogance in him.

Time to Recover

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    LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 14:  Manny Pacquiao stands in a neutral corner after knocking Miguel Cotto down in the third round during their WBO welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao defeated Co
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    In boxing, if you get rocked by a hard punch, the fighter can always take a knee and give himself a chance to recover.

    Experienced boxers are aware of this and take advantage of it fairly frequently.

    In MMA, if you get rattled, you’re basically screwed because your opponent will pounce on you and you’ll never have a chance to recover.

    Furthermore, if Pacquiao finds himself a little tired in the middle of a round, he can always rest on the ropes for few seconds. His opponent will still have to attack him very cautiously because he’ll have no way of knowing if Manny is really tired or just playing possum.

Shorter Rounds

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines looks on in the ring against Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unanimous deci
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    Boxing has three-minute rounds, as opposed to five-minute rounds in MMA. This again means more breaks and more time to recover.

    It also means Pacquiao will have more time to receive pointers from his trainer, Freddie Roach, if things aren’t going quite as planned.

More Experienced in His Sport

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    LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 06:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and his team celebrate his victory over Oscar De La Hoya in their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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    Despite Brock Lesnar’s MMA success, he’s only been in the sport for three years.

    He’s still very inexperienced and has a lot to learn.

    Manny Pacquiao has been boxing professionally for 15 years. There’s nothing he hasn’t seen.

    More importantly, there’s nothing he doesn’t know how to counter.

Fighting for an Entire Country

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    LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 06:  Manny Pacquiao waves the flag of the Philippines in the ring as he celebrates his victory over Oscar De La Hoya in their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena December 6, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Mill
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    Pacquiao isn’t just fighting for himself anymore.

    He already has all the money and all the fame anyone could ever dream of. The only reason he’s still fighting is because he has an entire country that lives and breathes to see him in the ring.

    The Philippines have a population of around 99 million. It’s believed that 99 percent watch Manny on fight night.

    When he laces up his gloves, violence in the Philippines is usually way down because everyone is united to cheer on the most popular figure in their country.

Wants to Fight Floyd

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    LAS VEGAS - MAY 01:  Floyd Mayweather Jr. looks on at the start of his welterweight fight against Shane Mosley at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 1, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Manny Pacquiao may say he doesn’t care if he ever fights Floyd Mayweather.

    But we all know he would love nothing more than to cement his legacy as one of the best boxers ever by knocking out Money May.

    If he were to lose against Antonio Margarito on Nov. 13, Mayweather will finally have the excuse he’s always wanted for avoiding him.

He Has Wanted Margarito for Awhile

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 12:  Boxer Antonio Margarito of Mexico poses in front of Cowboys Stadium before the weigh-in for the WBO welterweight title fight between Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines and Joshua Clottey of Ghana on March 12, 2010 in Arlington, T
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    During the first episode of Pacquiao/Margarito 24/7 on HBO, Freddie Roach told us that Manny Pacquiao has wanted Margarito since defeating Oscar De La Hoya back in 2008.

    It’s safe to assume Manny has watched all of Antonio’s fights and is very familiar with his strengths and weaknesses. He wouldn’t have wanted to fight this guy for so long if he wasn’t 100-percent sure he could beat him.

Margarito Isn’t Undefeated

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    LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 24:   Antonio Margarito sits dazed in his corner after Shane Mosley's ninth round TKO after Margarito's corner threw in the towel during their WBA welterweight title fight on January 24, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Cal
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    It’s always easier to beat somebody who has already tasted defeat in the past.

    Margarito currently has six losses on his professional record.

    The new MMA heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez, still doesn’t know what it’s like to lose. His record is a perfect 9-0.

The Horrible Beard

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    ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 02:  Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao watches a preseason game between the Miami Dolphins and the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on September 2, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    This might be a bit of a stretch, but I have to believe Brock Lesnar would have performed better if he would have taken a few seconds to shave before stepping into the octagon.

    Pacquiao might walk into the ring with a little facial hair, but there’s no way he’s going to let the distraction of a full beard get in his way of defeating Antonio Margarito.