|Xtremo ||07-24-2010 05:26 PM |
Pacquiao to fight Margarito for junior middleweight championship
Manny Pacquiao will face Antonio Margarito for the vacant WBC junior middleweight championship on Nov. 13, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum confirmed to SI.com. The fight will take place in Las Vegas if Margarito, whose license was suspended last year, can get reinstated. If he can't, Arum plans to hold the fight in Monterrey, Mexico.
The decision for Pacquiao to face Margarito ends any possibility of a Pacquiao-Floyd Mayweather fight in 2010.
Yahoo Sports first reported the Pacquiao-Margarito agreement.
Pacquiao last fought in March when he won a decision over Joshua Clottey. Margarito, who was suspended for one year after officials found a plaster-like substance in his hand wraps before his January 2009 loss to Shane Mosley, returned to the ring in May when he won a lackluster decision over Robert Garcia.
By fighting at 154-pounds, Pacquiao has the opportunity to win a world title in his seventh weight class.
Expectations were high for a Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown after Mayweather won a decisive victory over Mosley last May. However, negotiations took a bizarre twist last week. During a conference call with reporters last Friday, Arum detailed the negotiations that he claimed were conducted between Top Rank and Mayweather's advisor, Al Haymon, with HBO Sports President Ross Greenburg acting as an intermediary. According to Arum, terms of the deal -- which were believed to include a 50-50 split and some form of random drug testing -- were agreed to.
Three days later, another Mayweather advisor, Leonard Ellerbe, issued a statement saying no negotiations with Mayweather had taken place.
Multiple sources confirmed to SI.com that some form of negotiations did take place, all of which were facilitated by Greenburg. Last month, Oscar De La Hoya, President of Golden Boy Promotions, the company that represents Mayweather, reportedly told Univision that they were "very close" to an agreement.
"Them saying there were no negotiations is absolutely preposterous," Arum told SI.com. "All I can say is seven weeks ago Ross came to me, (and) said let's do it this way, this way the fight has a chance to be made. We spent the whole day going over details. He reported to me on meetings that he had and what Haymon was saying. Again. I have never said I talked to Haymon. Ross felt that we could get the deal done in that way. He was very optimistic. Two nights before (the) Yuri Foreman-Miguel Cotto fight [in June], when Pacquiao was in town, we had dinner. Ross said I think I am getting this thing done. He told it to Manny."
Arum said that while he does not have any documentation detailing an agreement, he told SI.com that Greenburg said he had "pages of memos" in a briefcase detailing the conversations with both sides.
"This kid [Mayweather] is so nuts," said Arum. "His idea of being part of his team is having guys who when he says 'jump,' they say 'how high?' Why didn't they just say we decided not to fight until next year?"
Arum says he plans on finalizing the deal with Pacquiao, who is in the Philippines, sometime next week. Pacquiao's financial advisor, Michael Koncz, is in the U.S. and, according to Arum, is planning to return to the Philippines early next week to finalize the deal.
"Making a deal won't be a problem," said Arum, who promotes both Pacquiao and Margarito. "We'll get it done."
Manny Pacquiao to fight Antonio Margarito for junior middleweight championship - SI.com - Mixed Martial Arts
- Manny Pacquiao will fight Antonio Margarito on for junior middleweight title
- Pacquiao was going to fight Floyd Mayweather in 2010, but the deal fell through
- November 13th fight will either take place in Las Vegas or in Monterrey, Mexico
|Druel ||07-24-2010 05:43 PM |
Knew the fight with Floyd would fall through, Pac-man is very entertaining to watch so I don't mind who he fights, one of the only boxers I enjoy watching these days.
Always an excuse with Floyd
|pantomime horse ||07-24-2010 08:57 PM |
It had to be Margarito. Cotto needs some more fights before getting a second chance and Floyd apparently needs time off.
The fight should be interesting. Margarito has power so we should see him wish to stand with Pacquiao. Should be an exciting TKO finish for Pacman.
|Pasha K ||07-25-2010 12:19 AM |
They are not in the same league.
Pacman will destroy margarito in less than 5 rounds.
|IceCold48 ||07-25-2010 12:40 AM |
i want him to fight floydd so badly that i care less and less each time he has a fight against someone else. cotto i was interested in because hes a warrior but clottey and margarito i just dont care about because its just liek every time he fights i feel like he shoudl be fighting floydd.
|Xtremo ||07-25-2010 01:08 AM |
I actually think Margarito stands a chance against Pacquiao...He has a great chin and packs a heavy punch...he is the type of fighter that goes for the ko through out the fight and is willing to eat punches only to give out the better punches of his own...On the fight against Mosley, I think he did know about the substance in his gloves that would make them harder than usual and relied too much on that and didn't train like he should have for that fight, Mosley himself is no joke...Mosley rocked Floyd for pete's sake...If Margarito takes this fight serious, and I am sure he will, I personally think he could give Pac Man some serious problems...
|Punk Ass ||07-25-2010 05:12 AM |
Pacman will win, and win easy, by KO in the 6th.
|SimpleJack ||07-25-2010 05:53 AM |
Pac picks him apart.
He wins within 5-6 by TKO or cut.
|pantomime horse ||11-15-2010 07:42 AM |
Congratulations to Pacquiao who has now won titles in 8 different weight classes. Amazing.
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