Report and photos by Ricardo Conde
Three-time world champion, the “Tijuana Tornado” Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) of Mexico continues his preparations at the Robert Garcia Boxing Academy in Oxnard, CA for his showdown with seven-time world champion and considered widely by many to be the best pound for pound fighter in the world, Manny “Pac Man” Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines, which takes place on Saturday, November 13th at the $1.2 billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship and will also be shown live on HBO Pay-Per-View.
“This is probably the best training camp I’ve had throughout my career. We’re working as hard as we can with the goal to beat Manny Pacquiao on November 13th,” said Margarito. “I know I have what it takes to beat Manny Pacquiao, we’ve put a great team together and we’ll come out with our hands raised in victory that night.”
Margarito has enlisted the help of southpaw’s, WBC Continental Americas junior middleweight champion Austin “No Doubt” Trout (21-0, 13 KOs), 2000 Olympic silver medalist and junior middleweight contender Ricardo “Slicky Ricky” Williams (16-2, 9 KOs), welterweight prospect Cleotis “Mookie” Pendarvis (10-3-2, 4KOs) and highly talented junior welterweight prospect Karim “KC” Martinez (2-0, 2 KOs).
“Margarito puts a lot of pressure on you and if you’re not ready he’ll wear you down. He just keeps coming at you, you think he’s going to throw three punches; he ends up throwing six, seven, sometimes eight punches at a time. I don’t think he knows what taking a step back means.” said Austin Trout after his recent sparring session with Margarito.
“We couldn’t have picked a better group of sparring partners,” said chief trainer Robert Garcia. “They’re all great fighters and they’re all pushing Margarito to the limit. I know that with the work Margarito is putting in the gym, and his determination to win, we’ll definitely beat Manny Pacquiao on November 13th and we’ll prove to everyone that Margarito belongs at the top,” continued Garcia.
In his last outing Antonio Margarito defeated Roberto “La Amenaza” Garcia (28-3, 21 KOs) on May 8 at the Plaza Monumental in Aguascalientes, Mexico via unanimous decision.
Also, scheduled to be on the undercard will be former middleweight champion Kelly “The Ghost” Pavlik (36-2, 36 KOs), super bantamweight sensation Guillermo “El Chacal” Rigondeaux (6-0, 5 KOs) and undefeated NABA/NABO welterweight champion Mike Jones (22-0, 18 KOs), in separate bouts.
The Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito world championship fight is being presented by Top Rank, in association with Cowboys Stadium and MP Promotions and will be produced and distributed live on HBO Pay-Per-View. Remaining tickets are priced at $700, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50 and can be purchased at the Cowboys Stadium ticket office, by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.