Wednesday, November 3, 2010
DALLAS, TX - Word yesterday from promoter Top Rank that Kelly Pavlik is off the November 13 Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito card at Cowboys Stadium. Top Rank says a rib injury while ESPN's boxing reporter Dan Rafael is wondering if it's not due to an alcohol problem.
Pavlik was to face Brian Vera and that fight is now totally scrapped in favor of a fight featuring young star Brandon Rios vs. TBA.
While both Pacquiao and Margarito may weigh the same amount for a few moments at the weigh-in November 12, you have to wonder about Margarito at times weighing over 20 pounds more for fights and being almost six inches taller than Pacquiao as they both get to the fight at Cowboys Stadium.
You have to believe Margarito will put up a much better fight against Pacquiao than Joshua Clottey did. Clottey fought a defensive fight for 12 rounds and did just enough to survive.
Never one to miss an opportunity, promoter Jerry Jones had a salesperson selling discounted fight tickets at the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym last Saturday when HBO analyst Emanuel Steward was giving a clinic to a packed house of Dallas-Fort Worth boxing officials.
Like the Pacquiao - Clottey fight, the host hotel for the fight is the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine.