Sunday, November 14, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Manny Pacquiao weighed in at a mere 144.6 pounds which was 9.4 pounds below the 154 pound super welterweight/light middleweight limit and 5.4 pounds below the stipulated catch-weight agreed upon while his opponent Antonio Margarito tipped the sc ales at the official weigh in at 150 pounds.
The weights gave Margarito an initial advantage of 5.4 pounds which is likely to grow to around 20 pounds at fight time which was an issue strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza had expressed his concern about several times in the recent past.
Ariza’s efforts to build Pacquiao’s body to be able to handle the bigger and stronger Margarito were scuttled by Pacquiao who claimed he felt sluggish even though the strength and conditioning coach wanted him to be around the weight at which he fought Miguel Cotto.
Even Pacquiao’s boyhood friend Restituto “Buboy” Fernandez was against Pacquiao bulking up saying he is a boxer not a body builder.
The pound-for-pound king with a record of 51-3-2 and 28 knockouts will vie for his eighth world title in a battle with Margarito whose record is 38-6 with 27 knockouts for the vacant WBC title at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium on Sunday, Manila Time.
James Slater of East Side Boxing quotes Top Rank promoter Bob Arum as saying that Pacquiao will in the future fight only at welterweight where the maximum is 147 pounds. Arum said “It’s just too much size difference fighting these bigger guys” which raises the question as to why Arum made the fight in the first place.
Arum predicted that Margarito will enter the ring at around 165 pounds which would give him a tremendous weight advantage .
Arum claimed that trainer Freddie Roach and Ariza were telling him that Pacquiao would weigh in at 149 or 150 pounds which didn’t happen because Pacquiao and his Filipino assistants Fernandez and Nonoy Neri were against the strength and conditioning program of Ariza claiming it made him sluggish which was evident when he sparred against Glen Tapia and WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan during his training camp in the Philippines.
But experts told us the reason was that Pacquiao, because of his many commitments and distractions which cut into his training hours, didn’t have time to allow the regimen to settle in before he regained his explosiveness as he did in previous fights against Oscar De La Hoya, Ricky “Hitman” Hatton, Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey.
While most boxing writers and fight fans have shown concern about the gaunt and emaciated look of Margarito who struggled to make the weight now concern is shifting to why Pacquiao came in so much lower than his expected weight of 148 despite eating heartily.
It also means that when he woke up in the morning Pacquiao was probably around 141 pounds.
Top photo: (L-R) Superstar Manny Pacquiao and three-time world champion Antonio Margarito weigh in at (Pacquiao 144.6 lb,Margarito 150 lb) for their superfight on November 13 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao vs Margarito is promoted by Top Rank in association with MP Promotions and Cowboys Stadium. The Pacquiao vs Margarito telecast will be available live on HBO Pay Per View. -- Photo Credit : Chris Farina - Top Rank.
Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito both met mixed reactions from an excited crowd inside Cowboys Stadium at Friday's weigh-in, and both came in at what appeared to be strong weights.
Margarito, the controversial former welterweight titlist, hit the fight's 150-pound limit on the nose. He and stablemate Brandon Rios both met boos from the crowd in Arlington, but Margarito also had his vocal supporters, who chanted "Margarito" after the initial reaction.
Pacquiao, who has won titles in seven different weight classes and seeks an eighth tomorrow night, came in at 144.6 pounds, which to me seems like a very good weight. Some may worry that he's too light, but remember that Manny weighed in light against Miguel Cotto (144) and Oscar de la Hoya (142), as well. He has said that the "struggles" early in camp came from trying to put on too much weight, which slowed him down. Instead, they've focused on trying to exploit their greatest advantage: speed. We've seen Manny around this weight, and he's been lightning.
Interestingly, Manny also received a very mixed reaction from the crowd all the way through his weigh-in, and like Margarito, was recipient of a chant meant to drown out the booing portion. Tomorrow night's atmosphere could be really something in Cowboys Stadium, as clearly both men have their supporters out in force.
Undercard weights: Mike Jones 145.5 versus Jesus Soto Karass 148 ... Guillermo Rigondeaux 121.5 versus Ricardo Cordoba 121 ... Brandon Rios 140 versus Omri Lowther 137.5.
ARLINGTON, TX -- Pound for pound king and 7 weight division champion Manny Pacquiao (center, left) of the Philippines and former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito (center, right) of Mexico pose during the official weighin at the Cowboys Stadium Friday afternoon for their WBC Junior Middleweight Title bout Saturday night at the same venue here. Pacquiao came in at 144.6 lbs. while Margarito stepped in at 150 lbs.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
In a recent exclusive interview , Philboxing’s Canadian correspondent Socrates Celestial caught up with the IBF’s number one ranked Cruiserweight (175lb-200lb) Troy “The Boss” Ross(24-2 and 16 KO’s). He spoke openly inside the Bramalea Boxing club, a place he calls home that is enriched with the sport he endorses. Ross was a celebrated amateur boxer before turning professional which led him to train south of the border in the United States for a part of his career.
He represented Canada in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, was a Silver medalist at the 1998 Commonwealth games, a Bronze finalist in the 1999 Pan American games and an Olympic fighter in the 2000 Sidney games. He has had an illustrious resume as an amateur even before making his professional debut. “The Boss” and I spent several hours together where we did a light workout, talked about his career and his analysis of the upcoming blockbuster fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito to be held this weekend, November 13th, 2010.
Socrates Celestial: From the 2000 Olympics in Australia you went proffesional, is that correct?
Troy Ross: That’s right, after the 2000 Olympics I had made a decision that if I win a medal, don’t win a medal I’m going to turn pro because it’s another stage of my life and I wanted to see what the other side had to offer.
SC: How many fights did you accumulate before you went into your first retirement?
TR: (laughing) I would hate to say retirement because I have read people say that I’ve retired for a period of time, but during that time I just couldn’t get any fights. Until 2004 I had about 10 fights and kept training but I couldn’t get fights. I had either fights pending or promoters promising me fights, but then a fighter would withdraw or the entire event would be canceled.
SC: So to clarify this was not a retirement, but a hiatus. Is there anything notable you did during this period of time?
TR: I had an opportunity to be in a movie with Russell Crowe. I played John Henry Lewis in the movie ‘Cinderella Man’ (2005). I also played a young Samuel Jackson in the movie ‘Resurrecting the Champ’ (2007) and I played in another movie called ‘Phantom Punch’ (2008) with Ving Rhames. Every time I had a break from boxing, I had to find ways to put food on the table so it came down to acting and personally training.
SC: After completing all the movies, there was a television show you took part in. That would be the fourth season of ‘The Contender ‘(2008). How was that whole experience?
TR: The experience with the Contender? It was amazing because that actually helped me to resurrect my career as a boxer. Going into that tournament I thought the only way I can help resurrect my career is by winning the entire tournament. That’s exactly what I set out to do and that’s what I did. It gave me so much exposure all around the world and helped my boxing career and now I’m a well known name in the division.
SC: Currently, is there anyone you would like to fight right now, living or dead?
TR: The only person I really want is Steve Cunningham because I felt the fight was ended unjustly and the real champion is the person that’s talking to you right now, and it’s me. That’s a fight that I really want, but right now I’m ready to go after any title. The WBC, WBA, WBO it doesn’t really matter to me. I want to make sure I have a world title within a year. Definitely I want to fight Cunningham, but I know Cunningham doesn’t want to fight me.
SC: What is your prediction for the Pacquiao/Margarito fight coming this Saturday?
TR: I love Pacquiao, I love the way he fights, and he’s a south-paw like me. I have to support the South-Paw fighter. I’ve studied Pacquiao and I like the way he fights. There’s no way he’s going to lose to Margarito. I don’t believe that Margarito deserves that chance to fight him considering what he’s done to the sport with the Paris of Plaster on his hands. I don’t believe that’s fair for him to get the biggest shot, the biggest pay day of his career. I believe Pacquiao will win the fight hands down.
SC: How do you see this fight going?
TR: Pacquiao is a fighter that can stop an opponent or go the distance. I would like to see him outbox Margarito and put a lot of pain on him because of what he’s done. Pacquiao has a beautiful style. He’s unorthodox and has some serious punching speed.
SC: On the topic of Filipino fighters, there are several that come to the Toronto area to fight. What would you recommend for them coming from a hot climate to a cold one and also factoring in the time and altitude differences? Do you have any advice?
TR: Anyone coming from the Philippines to anywhere in this country (Canada) will need time for their body to acclimatize to the various conditions. A week would not be enough, because of the time difference. You would want to come at least two or three weeks to properly acclimatize to the constantly changing weather in Canada. Their bodies have to adjust to the time difference, the weather conditions depending on the season they’re fighting in, cutting weight in a different environment and the fact that they’ll be fighting at night too. A simple way to look at it is to factor a day for every hour difference. So in respect to the Philippines being twelve to thirteen hours different by a time zone, that’s realistically twelve to thirteen days. And that’s at a minimum. It’s hard for boxers because you don’t always have the luxury to decide when it’s time to go when everything is pre-arranged by flights and schedules.
SC: Besides your brilliant boxing career, you’re also a fashion designer. Where can someone find your clothing line? What if someone wanted to find out more about you, where could they get this information?
TR: The website you can to go and follow up on my career and see the next thing that I’m doing would be www.TroyRoss.ca. You can also go there to see my clothing line. My clothing line consists of boxing attire such as boxing shorts, boxing tops and assorted T-shirts.