Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito Tonight on HBO
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Tonight Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito square off in the ring in a much anticipated fight at Texas Stadium. The fight will take place on HBO pay per view and start roughly at 9pm EST. The broadcast starts at 9pm EST, but that will actually involve some recaps of the under card and commentary about the fight. While there is no actual time slot for the fight itself to start it seems it should get underway around 10pm EST.
HBO has been heavily promoting the fight. The commercials are everywhere and they have devoted their 24/7 series to following the fighters as they have gotten ready for the fight. This series has actually led to some recent controversy. As per normal there have been barbs and insults thrown at each other’s camps, but earlier this week Margarito took it one step further when he began making fun of Pacquao’s trainer Freddie Roach by imitating the way he sometimes shakes. Roach, a boxing legend, suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Roach had earlier criticized Margarito for having potentially illegal hand wraps in past fights. Margarito’s response was to shake and mock Roach’s condition. Roach’s response was measured when he said he wouldn’t wish Parkinson’s on his worst enemy.
There are some that think this new added bad blood may help Pacquiao who previously seemed a little uninterested. He had a hoped for a huge fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr., but when a deal with Mayweather could not be struck this was the next best fight out there. The fight itself is for the vacant WBC 154 pound title. Pacquiao doesn’t seem interested in the title, he seems more interested in using this as a tune-up and as proof that he is still the best fighter in the world so that he and Mayweather can get a deal done. Now, it seems, Margarito may have his full attention which very well may not work out well for him since he is already a big underdog in the fight. The odds have been steady with Pacquiao as a -450 favorite to win the fight.
If Pacquiao wins tonight, especially if he wins in spectacular fashion, it will send the message to Mayweather that he is still here and still looking for that mega fight. The question is, if Pac-man destroys Margarito will Floyd want any part of him?
Tune in tonight at 9pm EST to see it all go down live on HBO pay per view.
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