Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito: Official B/R Predictions for the Fight

King J@@KingJ323Senior Writer INovember 11, 2010

Alright fight fans, the time has finally come for the final super mega fight of the 2010 year. It is the fight that everyone is buzzing and talking about.

Yes, it is none other than the Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito fight that’s taking place at the Dallas Cowboys stadium this Saturday, November 13th.

There is a strong likelihood that we will witness history come Saturday night with the possible historical record breaking of the largest attendance for a fight crowd, as well as the possibility of a fighter winning his eighth world division title. We may even see some records broken from the Compubox stats since both of these fighters throw more punches than Texas has steakhouses.

With all the hype and drama surrounding the Pacquiao vs Margarito fight, what can the fight fans count on happening when these two true warriors finally touch gloves inside the ring Saturday? Well Bleacher Report has some of the finest boxing experts and featured columnists who can provide more than credible predictions on this fight.

Some of us have been known to predict the outcome of a fight to the exact round and some of us have won a lot of money with our expert knowledge. Seeing that we here at Bleacher Report are all about sharing that knowledge and love, we will again provide to all the fight fans the Official Prediction Article on: Pacquiao vs Margarito. So without further ado, here is what Bleacher Report's finest columnists have to say about the matchup.


King J, Bleacher Report Boxing Community Leader, Featured Columnist 

After discussing this fight with some of the biggest names in boxing media this past weekend at the Lopez vs Marquez fight in Vegas, I have been swayed to believe that this fight will be a lot more competitive than we first envisioned. Manny always said if you train hard then the fight is easy. If you believe all the reports that he did not train hard, plus you add the fact that Garcia is the type of great trainer who can do wonders for a fighter like Margarito, then this fight will most likely go into the championship rounds.

However, if Manny is still in that zone that we all know he is very well capable of being in, then expect him to TKO Tony in either the seventh or eighth round. This is because Manny will want the bragging rights of stopping Tony before Mosley did.

If the fight does not get stopped in these rounds, then expect it to go to the cards with the hands of a Congress man raised up in victory.


Justin Davis, Co-Host of ThaSPORTSKRIB

This fight is very interesting, but this is tailor-made for the PACman. Margarito is strong and will plod forward throwing power punches to overwhelm the smaller Pacquiao. After a couple of early rounds where both men have moments, PAC will sidestep and punish Margarito until the ref is forced to halt the action.

Pacquiao TKO sixth or seventh round.


Brian Ethridge

With or without plaster fists, Antonio Margarito doesn't stand a chance. His size will keep him in the fight for awhile, but at the end of the day, he'll be making sweet love to the canvas. The Filipino Typhoon blows through the Tijuana Tornado via KO in Round 8.


Nick Tylwalk, Featured Columnist, BoxingWatchers.com Founder

I'm not buying the idea that this is a dangerous fight for Pacquiao because he had too many distractions and had a crappy camp. Manny always has tons of distractions, kind of like he is at the center of his own whirlwind of activity. Plus, you know Freddie Roach will have a smart plan for him to carry out. 

No, if Margarito is dangerous, it's because he is aggressive, throws tons of punches and is undoubtedly hungry for some measure of redemption. He'll also legitimately be the biggest guy Pacquiao has ever fought, a fact that shouldn't be overlooked. 
But choose your cliche here: Speed kills, you can't hit what you can't touch, etc.

I can't get over the fact that a Shane Mosley on the downward slope of a great career was too fast and powerful for Tony to handle. That doesn't bode well for his chances against Pac-Man, who is quicker and packs at least as much pop. 
Margarito will have to land a few massive shots or hope he can wear Pacquiao down late.

Otherwise it's another win for Manny, probably by mid-round TKO.


Douglas Batiste, Featured Columnist

One month ago, this fight prediction wouldn’t be as challenging for me as it is now. I thought this would be an easy win for Manny Pacquaio, but recent reports state that Manny has seemed distracted and passive in his preparation. On the contrary, Antonio Margarito has seemed to be the most focused out of the two.

Freddie Roach has predicted his fighter to knock out Margarito, but I disagree. I don’t think this will be an easy fight for Pacquaio because of Margarito’s size and chin. My only reservation for giving Margarito the nod is for him to win, he has to knock Pacquaio out.

Although Margarito is capable of doing so, it won’t happen November 13th. So I give Pacquaio a controversial split decision.


Kenneth Ragpala, Boxing Correspondent / Executive Editor Filipino Boxing Journal

Manny Pacquiao will have a field day against Antonio Margarito. Pacquiao's speed and angles will be his main assets here in this fight and I see Margarito breaking down towards the late stretch.

That said, I am not counting Margarito out. That guy can take a beating and I am betting he is hell bent on redeeming himself from that plaster fiasco. If this is all about the hunger and the burning desire to win, I will give that edge to Margarito. And sometimes, a strong will is enough to propel someone against the odds. 

I see a tough fight for Magarito and he will eventually land those power shots. But Pacquiao's speed and superior skills will be too much for Margarito. A late knockout for the Filipino. But I won't be surprised if Tornado decks Pacquiao with a big one and win the match.

Dave Carlson, Featured Columnist

Margarito will have some good moments in the third to eighth rounds, and then Pacquiao will win via late TKO (10th to 12th round) or a strong unanimous decision victory.

Don't be surprised if Floyd Mayweather makes some sort of announcement within two days of the fight. As a result of Pacquiao’s victory, Mayweather fans will find creative new ways to discredit yet another of Pacquiao’s opponents by saying that he fought at a catchweight, that Margarito was washed up, etc., but Floyd may still dodge the Pacquiao-Mayweather mega fight.


Leo Reyes, Featured Columnist

Pacquiao will KO Antonio Margarito inside nine rounds. 


Bill Jackson, Featured Columnist

This fight will not be easy for Pacquiao. I expect to see Margarito pressing him against the ropes for large periods of the fight, with Pacquiao covering up more than usual. They will take turns controlling the fight, but if Pacquiao can back Margarito up at anytime during the fight, he will win a decision.

I don’t expect to see either fighter stopping early. It will be a grueling, bloody war.


Bill Cody, Featured Columnist

After Manny's training the last weeks in LA, I don't believe Margarito has a chance. Manny is too fast, too prepared and he's in his prime. Don't know how much more he will want to fight.

My only question is after he destroys Margarito, how in the world will they ever be able to get Floyd, Jr. in the ring with him? Manny is sick right now, scary sick. Knockout in under 10 rounds.


Tyler Curtis, Featured Columnist, KissingTheCanvas.com Founder

Margarito could be the right man to beat Manny, but he isn't with his current fight plan. If he used his longer reach and bigger frame to box, he easily could win.  Since he doesn't do that and leans in and brawls, he is going to get beat up badly. He gets hit a lot, is slow and doesn't do well with fighters that are better boxers. I could see him getting blitzed early and the fight ending within three rounds. 

If not, Manny will dominate the action and win every round before knocking him out late. Manny is too fast with both his hands and feet, hits hard enough to hurt him, and is going to give him angles he has never seen. Manny will have trouble because Margarito is a lot bigger, but in the end he isn't skilled enough.

Another brawler that is going to get knocked out.  
Pacquiao by eighth round KO.



So there you have it folks, we all have spoken and shared our knowledge and expertise with the world and it has been officially declared on record. There is no turning back now. For some of us, we may even lose a few Benjamins come Saturday night. That’s how confident we are on our predictions.

However, whether we lose or win on our predictions and bets, we the fight fans will all be winners, for Pacquiao vs Margarito is guaranteed to be a Fight of the Year candidate, given that these two pugilists do not run, hold, hug or complain to the referees for every little weak excuse. These two fighters are always exciting to watch and they throw non-stop punches, something that the average casual fan will find absolutely entertaining.

Also, make sure to tune into Bleacher Report this weekend as we will have two of our finest featured columnists, King J and Nick Tylwalk, live at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, bringing you live updates from the weigh in, the fight, and post-fight conference, as well as photos and videos.

The Manny Pacquiao vs Antonio Margarito fight can be watched live on HBO Pay Per View, Saturday, November 13 at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT from the Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.


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