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Pacquiao-Margarito 24/7: Reflections on Episode 1

By Chris Robinson

The great thing about any notable HBO pay-per-view event is that no matter your fondness towards the matchup itself, you can always count on either an excellent countdown feature or the outstanding 24/7 series that unveils a closer look into the lives of the prizefighters as they prepare for their moment with destiny. This past Saturday night, the first episode of Pacquiao-Margarito 24/7 debuted and the premier had its share of worthwhile moments.

From Pacquiao’s newfound involvement in congress, Margarito’s rejuvenation alongside new trainer Robert Garcia, and the verbal doses from trainer Freddie Roach, the moments were fairly telling.

Pacquiao’s love for congress

The early scenes of the show took us to Baguio City in the Philippines and gave us a look inside Manny Pacquiao’s preparation as he gears up for the November 13th clash to be held at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. What instantly stood out was just how involved Pacquiao is with his new political role as the congressman of the district of Sarangani.

Roach noted that for the first few weeks of camp Pacquiao’s mind was preoccupied with his congressional duties and seemed slightly concerned. Roach also noted that he is sure the boxing world will one day lose Pacquiao to congress.

Margarito pleads his innocence

One of the big storylines surrounding the fight is the hand wrap controversy that fell upon Margarito in early 2009. Prior to his bout with Shane Mosley, Margarito was caught with elements of plaster of paris in his hand wraps and later suspended a year by the California State Athletic Commission. It was a discovery that shattered Margarito’s reputation in the sport.

Speaking on the matter further, Margarito insisted his innocence and claimed that he didn’t know what his trainer Javier Capetillo was up to. Given their take on the matter, both Roach and Pacquiao claimed that Margarito had to have known that what was taking place was illegal.

Pacquiao’s preparation

Pacquiao reportedly got off to a slower than expected start in camp but during the clips he seemed to be fast and committed with his training. Pacquiao was seen sparring bigger men in Mexican Michael Medina and New Jersey prospect Glen Tapia and was able to cope with their advantages in size by using his speed and quickness.

Margarito’s care free nature

The one thing that stood out about Magarito during his interviews was just how relaxed and calm he appears in front of the camera and in training. Teaming up with Garcia has seemed to give him a newfound focus and you can sense just how much he believes in his abilities.

Margarito has a sense of conviction with his words and said time and time again how this is the perfect opportunity for his career. The highlight of his career was his July 2008 thrashing of Miguel Cotto at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and he will have to be better than he was on that night to pull out a victory.

Mayweather fallout

Although the fascination of a fight between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. has tapered off severely, a 24/7 on the Filipino star wouldn’t be complete without mention of the undefeated Las Vegas stalwart. Various images of Floyd were shown as the narrator mentioned the two fallouts that took place between both camps.

Asked for his take on the situation Pacquiao said his career would be fine without a Mayweather fight and seemed to scoff at the notion that Floyd’s accomplishments were anywhere near his own.

Antonio Margarito's wife Michelle

Antonio’s wife Michelle was featured on the show and discussed just how hard the past year and half has been on her and her husband. Married for over twelve years, Michelle is a regular at Antonio’s training camps and seems to keep him at ease. Speaking on what the fight means to her husband’s career, Michelle feels that a sense of karma will be in play.

“It was really tough, what Tony went through last year,” she said. “He’s had some trying times. I think at the end of our paths there is always a light. And that light is shining brightly now. They say that when something bad happens, that something good follows. That’s what I think is happening to Tony right now.”

hris Robinson is based out of Las Vegas, Nevada. An archive of his work can be found here, and he can be reached at [email protected]

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by cortdawg25 on 10-26-2010

[QUOTE=bsinoka123;9466673]In order to settle the argument whether Pac asked for a 7 day window or agreed to all of Floyd's demands, all Floyd's defenders should force him to speak up. He is branded as a chicken, a ducker, a coward…

Comment by bsinoka123 on 10-26-2010

[QUOTE=hitking;9462508]Interestng that the writer of this article failed to mention that Kontz admitted that Team Pacquaio asked for a 7 day window to the USADA testing in these last bout of Mayweather negotiations/non-negotiations. I was under the impression that Pacquaio…

Comment by betmen on 10-26-2010

the girl is crazy for freddy, im jealous :damnit1:

Comment by jbpanama on 10-26-2010

[QUOTE=jbpanama;9466551]In his EARLY Career, he took on good opponents!!! But now, he's like a like a JUNE BRIDE, He knows SOMETHINGS CUMMING, but dosen't know how LONG it WILL BE!!![/QUOTE] Excellent "LIGHTWEIGHT", but SUSPECT WHISKERS, and WEAK LEGS, dosen't Quallify…

Comment by jbpanama on 10-26-2010

[QUOTE=Sugar Q;9464150]No, the thing anti-Floyd fans don't understand is the mind of a inner city kid that beat the odds. Floyd has fought many fighters that people said he would lose to. If Floyd says he's the greatest of all…

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