Garcia on Why Pacquiao-Rios is Not Pacquiao-Margarito

By Bill "Two Scoops" Emes

When Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs) vs. Brandon Rios (31-1-1, 23KOs) was first announced for November 23 in Macau, many experts compared the match to Pacquiao's 2010 battle with Antonio Margarito. In that fight, whict took place at a catch-weight of 150-pounds, Pacquiao gave Margarito a vicious beating over twelve one-sided rounds. Robert Garcia, who trained Margarito for that fight, and currently trains Rios, does not view the two fights in the same light.

"Everybody knows and everyone says [that], Brandon doesn't seem to see it like that. Manny fought Margarito three years ago. Three years ago Manny was a different Manny. And another difference, Brandon is 10 years younger than Margarito. Brandon is young and Brandon is hungry. Margarito had already accomplished so much and already had some problems. He was going through a lot of things in his head, with the hand wrap controversy, with the knockout [loss] he had against Mosley. So it's a big difference. Brandon is hungry, Brandon is young and he wants to be the next star," Garcia told

Although his fighter took a very severe defeat, Garcia believes he learned a lot from that fight.

"With Margarito, maybe I learned from that. Maybe we could have done things a little bit different. Now I'll do it with Brandon. I don't want to say that I learned from Margarito's loss because I never wanted him to lose but I'm also learning and I think [this fight] is the perfect opportunity to correct a few things or even add a few things," Garcia said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Gary Coleman on 08-08-2013

[QUOTE=ElMeroChingon;13628066]I don't think Mayweather can hang with a Prime Margarito.:bottle:[/QUOTE] What's a prime Margarito? The one with the illegal hand wraps? The one that was outboxed by Paul Williams, KO'd by Mosley or absolutely destroyed by Pacquiao? NO fighter who…

Comment by Shad0wB0xer on 08-07-2013

[QUOTE=Capricorn1985;13628236]Mayweather VS Margarito would of been just like Mayweather vs Guerrero.. Just that Margo would've received much more punishment..:chairshot[/QUOTE] LOL! Guerrero isn't half the fighter Margarito was. Just looking at the level of opposition on their resumes speaks volumes to…

Comment by turnedup on 08-07-2013

Well Mr. Garcia seeing as how you are on a bad streak at least you have mikey...

Comment by Capricorn1985 on 08-07-2013

[QUOTE=ElMeroChingon;13628066]I don't think Mayweather can hang with a Prime Margarito.:bottle:[/QUOTE]Mayweather VS Margarito would of been just like Mayweather vs Guerrero.. Just that Margo would've received much more punishment..:chairshot

Comment by RenegÄde on 08-07-2013

[QUOTE=ElMeroChingon;13628066]I don't think Mayweather can hang with a Prime Margarito.:bottle:[/QUOTE] i dont think so either

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (36)
Top Headlines Judah: Brook Showed Golovkin is Not Invincible, Canelo Can Win Photos: Sam Eggington Drills Frankie Gavin in Birmingham War Photos: Craig Cunningham Shocks Anthony Ogogo By TKO Pacquiao's Co-Trainer Expects Vargas To Fall in Later Rounds Chavez Sr: My Son Will Continue Relationship With Al Haymon De La Hoya: I Knew Pacquiao Would Beat Me Up, I Was a Dead Man Provodnikov, Pirog, Avanesyan, Troyanovsky Part of Reality Show Eduardo Hernandez Blasts Out Victor Terrazas in Two Rounds Luis Nery Closes in on Title Shot at Bantamweight David Lemieux Dominates Cristian Fabian Rios, Wins Decision Steven Butler Crushes Trotter in One, Maduma is Upset Photos: Manny Pacquiao Mobbed as He Arrives in Los Angeles Kevin Lerena Edges Micki Nielsen: Budler, Van Heerden Win Mikey Garcia Aims To Make a Statement With Dejan Zlaticanin Vazquez: I Took 'Worst Deal of My Career' To Get Juanma in There Marquez: I Beat Pacquiao Four Times, No Reason For Fifth Time! Jamie Cox Outpoints Rios in Foul-Fest, Wins WBO Regional Belt Sam Eggington Drops, Batters Frankie Gavin for Knockout in Eight Craig Cunningham Drops, Shocks Anthony Ogogo For TKO Win Kal Yafai Wins, Faces Luis Concepcion on 12/10 in Manchester Sean Davis Edges Paul Economides For WBC Regional Title Hisashi Amagasa Wins Ten Round Decision Over Carlo Demecilo David Price: I Can Knock Joshua Out, Dropped Him Bad in Sparring Lemieux's Manager Confident Canelo Fight Can Be Made For May Luis Nery Looks To Take His Career To Next Level in Tijuana Hekkie Budler Aims To Bounce Back at Kempton Park Josh Taylor Continues To Rise By Drilling Dave Ryan in Edinburgh Magdaleno on Track To Make 122-Pounds For Donaire Title Shot Hassan N'Dam Aims To Revamp Career, Hires Pedro Diaz Shane Mosley: I'm Semi-Retired - But For Right Opponent I'll Fight! For Better or Worse, Heavyweight Glory Still Runs Through Klitschko Golovkin's Coach: Mayweather Deserves Catch-Weight, NOT Canelo! Frank Warren: Klitschko Does NOT Deserve Shot at WBA Title! What To Do With Tyson Fury? - BoxingScene Ratings Update Arum Explains Manny Pacquiao's Lack of Knockouts Since 2009 McGuigan: Frampton Will Make an Impact in Vegas With Santa Cruz Golovkin Warns Saunders: I Want Your Belt, That is My Goal! Joe Hanks, Denis Douglin Return To Action on November 5 Manny Pacquiao Gets in One Last Workout Before Leaving To LA Hearn: I 100% Want Anthony Joshua vs. David Haye in 2017

Latest Active Forum Threads