The Manny Experience Returns

By Francis Walker, BASN Staff Reporter
Updated: September 2, 2010

NEW YORK (BASN) — The Manny Pacquiao experience returns to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on Saturday, November 13.

Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) attempting to win a record eight division titles, will tangle with Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) for the vacant WBC super welterweight championship.

It is safe to say that more than 50,000 fans will pack Cowboys Stadium and rightfully so because, Pacquiao generates excitement. Margarito is a straight-forward action fighter.

Pacquiao-Margarito is going to be a great fight because both fighters are unrelenting. “It is going to be an action-packed fight,” Pacquiao said at a recent press conference in New York.

“He loves to throw a lot of punches. He’s a very aggressive fighter.”

“Pacquiao vs. Margarito” will be televised live on HBO Pay-Per-View at a suggested retail of $54.95. Tickets fort his event will go on sale on September 18 and are priced at $700, $500, $300, $200, $100, and $50.

During his career, Pacquiao has fought on HBO Pay-Per-View 10 times generating more than 6 million buys and over $320 million in revenue. Pacquiao’s last bout, a 12-round decision win over Joshua Clottey, packed Cowboys Stadium with nearly 51,000 fans and generated 700,000 buys on Pay-TV.

Not bad for Pacquiao considering he fought a fighter that is widely regarded as an unknown to the mainstream sports fan. Margarito, unlike Clottey, is a mainstream figure.

Although he beat Miguel Cotto and twice KO’d Kermit Cintron, Margarito, however, is best-known for having been caught with illegal padding in his hand wraps prior to his loss to Sugar Shane Mosley in January 2009.

Many people believe that Margarito shouldn’t even be fighting, let a lone fight for a vacant world title on HBO Pay-Per-View. This fight writer, however, strongly believes that Margarito has paid the price.

“I can only speak with a heart,” Margarito said. “Whoever believes me does. Whoever doesn’t believe me doesn’t.” Mosley pummeled him in front of 20,000 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

The California State Athletic Commission revoked his license and Margarito couldn’t fight for more than one year. He was denied a license to fight in Texas when he wanted to fight on the Pacquiao-Clottey undercard in June.

One month ago, the Nevada State Athletic Commission “tabled” Margarito’s application to be relicensed before being denied in California more than 1½ since the humiliating loss to Mosley.

It wasn’t until the second attempt that Margarito was approved of a license to fight in the state of Texas. The process went very smoothly. “Texas only asked for the application and my medical records,” Margarito said.

Margarito is focused on what he believes is “the most important fight” of his career.

“I’m still very hungry,” Margarito added. “Manny Pacquiao is a great fighter. I think we both like to fight and throw punches. I’m just preparing to throw punches for 12 hard rounds. It’s the most important fight for me right now.”

“I have to win this fight.”

Pacquiao believes: “This guy wants to fight toe-to-toe. That’s what people want to see. He’s an opponent that looks easy, but when you step into the ring with him he’s very hard. He throws a lot of punches. He’s very aggressive.”

Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach credits Margarito for his size and strength, but believes his fighter will dominate. “He’s big and strong, but size doesn’t win fights,” said Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach. “Skill does. I think we excel in this fight.”

“We’re going to knock him out.”

It’s wonderful that Pacquiao returns to Cowboys Stadium, but the fight everyone wants to see is Mayweather-Pacquiao. Obviously a lot of people, including Roach, is disappointed that fight isn’t going to happen anytime soon.

“I was disappointed it wasn’t Mayweather,” Roach said. “Life goes on. We’ll fight anybody in the world. My job is to get Manny ready. I love training Manny Pacquiao”

And Pacquiao loves to fight which is why people will watch him battle Margarito.

Tickets for Pacquiao-Margarito can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or dialing (800) 745-3000.

Klitschko vs. Briggs in October

It’s official! WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (40-2, 38 KOs) returns on Saturday, October 16, making his fifth title defense against former WBO champion, Shannon Briggs (51-5-1, 45 KOs).

The bout will occur in front of an expected crowd of more than 45,000 at the O2 World Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Since returning in October 2008 following a 3 ½-year absence, Klitschko is 5-0, 4 KOs. Klitschko bested Samuel Peter to reclaim the WBC title and has since followed with dominant performances against Juan Carlos Gomez, Chris Arreola, Kevin Johnson, and Albert Sosnowski.

Klitschko is looking for another K.O.

“The only person that can beat me is myself,” Klitschko recently stated. “When I fought in Hamburg 11 years ago I won my fights by KO. That is exactly what I am going to do on October 16. No doubt, I will leave the ring as a world heavyweight champion.”

Celebrate and Dominate takes shape

The Pay-TV card for Sugar Shane Mosley’s anticipated return against Sergio Mora on Saturday, September 18, at Staples Center in Los Angeles is taking shape.

The bout will have a competitive undercard featuring Victor Ortiz vs. Vivian Harris, Saul Alvarez vs. Carlos Baldomir, and the recently announced Daniel Ponce DeLeon vs. Antonio Escalante.

“200 Celebrate and Dominate: Mosley vs. Mora” will be televised on HBO Pay-Per-View and has a suggested retail of $44.95 beginning at 9 PM/ET and 6 PM/PT.

The card event will take place during the weekend of Mexican Independence. Leading up to the event, there will be a special commercial presented by AT & T featuring Mora and Ortiz in which both fighters discuss their Mexican heritage and the significance of Mexican Independence Day.

“I am honored to have been selected by AT&T to appear in this national commercial,” said Ortiz. “I understand the importance of being a Mexican-American, maintaining ties with my Mexican roots and fighting on the Bicentennial of Mexican Independence.

“I’ll be ready to make Mexican fans proud when I step into the ring.”

“This commercial hits home because when my mother first moved to this country, she did not have a way to stay in touch with her family who stayed behind in Mexico,” said Mora. “I am proud of my heritage, my family’s history and connection to Mexico.”

“I am looking forward to representing the Mexican people on September 18.”

Tickets for Mosley vs. Mora, priced at $200, $125, $75 and $20, are on sale now and available for purchase online at ticketmaster.com, via Ticketmaster charge-by-phone lines at (800)745-3000.