By Bobby “Babakol Iron” Manongdo
This coming November, blood and glory is at stake between two over posing pugilist from East and West.
Antonio Margarito serves as a tall order for P4P Kingpin Manny Pacquiao, this is yet another test for the Pacman to confirm and seal his already legendary career. News and articles from all over the internet are favoring the Pacman to overwhelm and steamroll past the Tijuana Tornado, this outcome is almost a given due to the fact that Pacman destroyed/annihilated all of his opponents this past years, and who would not be in awe as we experience this golden era of boxing with Pacman as the face of boxing.
Yes, the Tijuana Tornado is taller by 5 inches with a mile long reach advantage with a granite chin to vault and a new great trainer in Garcia, seems like all the intangibles favor the Mexican warrior; is Team Pacquiao underestimating the force that is Margarito? This seems to be what Freddie Roach is trumpeting, Roach is making fearless prediction that come fight night, Margarito will be taken out on or before round 8. Can you imagine the Tornado flattened by a Pacquiao Bolo punch? Or Pacquiao’s patented left straight of doom? The psywar (psychological warfare) has begun. Roach has his reputation of making accurate predictions all throughout his partnership with the Pacman, and the prediction should be seriously considered by Team Margarito for it is clear that the great Zen of Boxing Freddie Roach has seen serious flaws in the Tornado’s style, and has multiple plans of destruction for Pacman to execute.
Or is it the other way around. Are we going to witness the rebirth of the Tijuana Tornado, the dawning of a Mexican warrior knocking out the great Pacquiao. The latter was previously Knocked out twice. Pacquiao commits to his punches and invites his opponents to touch his chin. Will Margarito be able to wobble the Pacman to set up his freight train uppercut to the chin? Will it be the culmination of body shots? Will Pacquiao’s spirit diminish with the Tornado’s granite chin and eventually make Pacquiao take a knee to hide from further Tornado punishment? This, we still have to see.
Pacquiao’s weakness was exposed by the counter punching JMM (Juan Manuel Marquez) — is counter punching the blueprint to beat the Pacman? How about the relentless pressure of Erik Morales, which is evident in Pacquiao versus Morales 1, Pacquiao had problems with Morales’ combination punching. But that was 5 years ago, and since Alex Ariza took over Pacman’s strength and conditioning, Pacquiao became a titanium freight train with no brakes.
History has served us with vast and glorious fights featuring super giants and great small pugilists; an example will be Aaron Pryor versus Alexis Arguello, Tommy Hearns versus Marvin Hagler, Hearns versus Roberto Duran — all of these great past fights resemble the greatness of the match up between Pacquiao and Margarito. A good tall fighter could be beat by a great little fighter. Could this be a repeat in boxing history? Remember Pryor having the mysterious drink mixed by Panama Lewis and Alex Ariza’s “yellow powder” concoction given to Manny Pacquiao? If that’s the case then the end is expected with Margarito flat on the canvas.
Margarito might have a granite chin, but is it granite enough with Pacquiao’s meteor fist? We have to wait and see.
Pacquiao is training in Baguio, Philippines, a mountain city up north of Luzon, the air is clean with lots of hills to forge Pacquiao’s pneumatic hydrolic calves, some people say Pacquiao’s speed and power originates from the quick contracting calve muscles and radiates to the hip shoulders – arm and explodes to his nuclear fist – thank you to plyometrics. Not only the calves are honed, but Pacquiao is sparring with man beasts in Glen Tapia, Michael Medina, JCC jr. (Julio Cesar Chavez Jr.), Vanes Martirosyan, and Amir Khan. If Pacquiao survives his training he will be a monster typhoon on the prey ready to flatten/downsize any tornado into a whisper this coming November 13 at Dallas Cowboys stadium. We will still be again in awe.
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