Pacquiao sheds more weight to take on Margarito

2010-11-13 07:58

Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito weighed in for their World Boxing Council super welterweight fight with the Filipino superstar coming in just over five pounds lighter than his opponent.

Wearing plaid boxer shorts and white and orange socks, the 31-year-old Pacquiao tipped the scales at about 65.5kg which is nearly 2kg lighter than his trainer Freddie Roach had originally anticipated.

Margarito weighed in right on the catch-weight number of 68kg for tomorrow morning’s title fight at Cowboys Stadium.
Pacquiao said he was pleased because he loses too much speed when he gains weight.

“I trained a lot,” he said. “I think because I trained so hard and because of the training hard that’s why my weight is what it is.”

Pacquiao is going for his eighth world title in as many weight classes and his 12th consecutive victory.

Roach said they had been experimenting with higher weights for Pacquiao but in the end Pacquiao wanted to shed more.

“I gave him the green light to just take care of himself,” Roach said.

“That (65kg) is what he weighs naturally. So this is his natural weight that’s what we decided to come in at.”

Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) is the largest fighter Pacquiao has ever faced.

And the Mexican could be between 10 to 15 pounds heavier than Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs) by fight time.

Margarito is fighting in the United States for the first time since serving a one-year suspension after getting caught with illegal hand wraps for a fight against Shane Mosley.

Earlier this week Margarito was seen mocking Pacquiao’s trainer Roach in an internet video which sparked a heated war of words between the two camps.

Roach suffers from Parkinson’s disease.

The fight will start about 6.15am local time and is expected to be shown in 80 million homes and venues in over 135 countries around the world.?

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