Manny Pacquiao trainer Freddie Roach is supremely confident that his fighter will have no problems knocking out Antonio Margarito in November.
Following Pacquiao’s win over Oscar De La Hoya in 2008, Roach dismissed any idea of Pacquiao fighting Margarito, explaining that the Tijuana Tornado was too big and strong.
Since that time Pacquiao has dominated two Top 5 welterweights in Miguel Cotto and Joshua Clottey. Margarito is seeking to rebound from an obscene beating at the hands of Shane Mosley last year.
Even though Pacquiao will be moving up to the junior middleweight division, Roach believes Margarito is simply cannot compete strategically.
“Manny will knock him out. We will knock him out,” Roach said. “I have no problem with the fight. Margarito is a tough guy, but his ring generalship is poor.”
After his boxing license was revoked last year for illegal hand wraps, Margarito had sought out Freddie Roach as his new trainer. The partnership never developed further, but Roach stated he believed Margarito’s stance that he did not know his former trainer Javier Capetillo was loading his gloves.
The new fight is receiving criticism on several fronts: the 150 pound catchweight, Margarito’s unlicensed U.S. status, and whether Margarito deserves a high-profile title shot after just posting one win over a fringe contender in May.
Top Rank is awaiting a Las Vegas Athletic Commission hearing on August 9 to determine if Margarito can obtain a one fight license. If approved, Pacquiao-Margarito will be held at the MGM Grand for the WBC junior middleweight title.
If not, Top Rank will move the fight to Mexico.