Manny Pacquiao: 10 Reasons He Could Lose to Antonio Margarito

Elliott Pohnl@@ElliottPohnl_BRFeatured ColumnistAugust 27, 2010

Manny Pacquiao: 10 Reasons He Could Lose to Antonio Margarito

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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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    The fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito might not be the one boxing fans would like to see the most, but it certainly figures to be worth watching.

    Pacquiao and Margarito will tangle on Nov. 13 at Cowboys Stadium and are schedule to embark on a promotional tour next week in preparation for the bout.

    Although he figures to be a heavy favorite, there are plenty of reasons to wonder if Pacquiao will be able to capture the WBC junior middleweight belt. 

    Here's a look at 10 reasons why Pacquiao could fall from the top of the boxing world.

No. 10: Manny Being Manny

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    NEW YORK - JUNE 05:  Professional boxer Manny Pacquiao watches the bout between Yuri Foreman and Miguel Cotto of Puerto Rico in the WBA world super welterweight title fight on June 5, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Cotto win
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    Manny Pacquiao has followed in Oscar De La Hoya's footsteps and stepped in the celebrity realm in recent years. His entrance into the political world earlier this year in his native Philippines provided another sideshow.

    Pacquiao has obviously been training with his eyes on the possibly bout with Mayweather. Still, a fight against an underdog like Margarito might not be enough to command his complete attention.

No. 9: The Size Difference

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  (R-L) Joshua Clottey of Ghana throws a left to the face of Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images
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    You can add weight, but you can't add height.

    The 5-11 Margarito has an advantage in reach over the 5-6 Pacquiao and will be able to pack on weight between the weigh-in and the fight to gain a bigger advantage in size.

    Pacquiao has the ability to wear down his opponents, but the bigger Margarito has displayed an admirable toughness during his career and will certainly offer more resistance than Joshua Clottey.

No 8: Margarito's Gameplan

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    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ  - APRIL 12: Antonio Margarito throws a left during his IBF World Welterweight Title bout against Kermit Cintron at Boardwalk Hall on April 12, 2008 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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    Margarito's gameplan against Pacquiao will at least give him a chance to pull off the colossal upset.

    The bigger Margarito is likely to advance forward and try to land lethal body punches and uppercuts, a strategy he employed during his fight against Miguel Cotto. The goal would be to shift Pacquio's defense downward, before moving in with punches to the head.

    The strategy relies heavily on toughness and the ability to walk through punches. Margarito's true grit will be put to the test.

No. 7: Margarito's Improvement As a Fighter

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    LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 24:   Shane Mosley lands a punch on Antonio Margarito en route to his TKO in the ninth round after Margarito's corner threw in the towel during their WBA welterweight title fight on January 24, 2009 at the Staples Center in Los Angel
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    A big component to Margarito's strategy will be his footwork, something that has never been his strength.

    His advantage in reach against will enable him to stay at the end of Pacquiao's lethal jab, assuming he is able to demonstrate the footwork to pull it off.

    According to the noise coming out of Margarito's camp, he has worked hard to improve his footwork as a fighter.

No. 6: Not The Fight Manny Wanted

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  (R-L) Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines throws a right to the head of Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Image
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    It might be difficult to imagine, but Manny Pacquiao could take his preparation for the bout against Margarito with little seriousness.

    Margarito's reputation as a cheat who may have won more than one fight by loading his gloves could give Pacquiao little reason to worry he could be defeated in a fair fight.

    Pacquiao could easily take an apathetic approach to the fight and get caught off guard by an improved Margarito.

No. 5: The Chip On Margarito's Shoulder

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    After he was suspended by the California State Athletic Association for fighting with illegal wraps, Margarito's integrity in previous fights came into question.

    Pictures indicate that Margarito may have in fact used the same illegal wraps in his win over Joshua Clottey in a 2006 fight.

    Margarito is undoubtedly ready to put those allegations behind him, according to trainer Robert Garcia, who predicted a win via knockout.

No. 4: Sandbagging To Set The Stage For Mayweather Fight

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines celebrates in the ring after defeating Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao defeated Clottey by unan
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    Based on the latest twist and turn of the Manny Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather bout, it appears that Manny is ready to fight.

    For whatever reason, Mayweather's continued reluctance has raised the believe that he might simply be afraid to step in the ring with Pacquiao.

    That reasonable sense of fear could fade if Pacquiao was to be defeated by Margarito in a fair fight.

    The possibility of a Mayweather-Pacquiao fight isn't dead yet, and finding redemption after an unlikely loss to Margarito would strengthen Manny's legacy even more.

No. 3: Margarito Is Ready

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 12:  Boxer Antonio Margarito of Mexico and promoter Bob Arum pose 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,
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    Margarito has been training in interest and working to improve refine his technique while Pacquiao's camp has been trying to hammer out the details with Mayweather's camp.

    Unlike Mayweather, he has never ducked the chance to fight Pacquiao even though a loss seems inevitable. His confidence might be just talk, but it's hard to imagine such a huge underdog exhibiting such profound swagger.

No. 2: Confidence Defeats Arrogance

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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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    Pacquiao's trainer Freddie Roach summed up Pacquiao's strategy against Margarito accordingly; Manny will start fast with this guy, and we will finish with him fast."

    Although there plenty of reasons to believe Roach's words will ring true, it would be foolish for the Pacquiao camp to expect an easy victory against a much bigger fighter.

No. 1: Pacquiao Is Nearing The End

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    ARLINGTON, TX - MARCH 13:  Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines in the ring before taking on Joshua Clottey of Ghana during the WBO welterweight title fight at Cowboys Stadium on March 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    At 31, Pacquiao has fought 56 fights and has been encouraged by loved ones to retire. There is no doubt his interests outside the ring and global fame will present him with plenty of opportunities after boxing.

    If he feels the flight against Mayweather will never happen, Pacquiao could devote less interest to his fight against a fighter like Margarito.

    In the end, Antonio Margarito needs to win the fight on November 12 to establish his legacy, while Manny Pacquiao's legacy is already complete.