MANILA, Philippines — In sharp contrast with his superstar opponent, Antonio Margarito hasn’t missed a beat in his training for his crossroads November 13 showdown with Manny Pacquiao.
“He is in great shape,” said chief trainer Robert Garcia, who has presided over the Mexican’s build-up since late-August. “We are right on track.”
The past few weeks, Garcia has made it a point to join Margarito in his morning roadwork in Southern California. Thrice a week, Margarito runs in the flats and in the mountains in an effort to improve on his stamina.
Margarito is also employing old school training methods in the build-up for the biggest fight of his life set at Cowboys Stadium in Dallas, chopping wood ala Muhammad Ali and the ring heroes of yesteryears.
Garcia believes Margarito’s sheer size and huge edge in power will be tough to overcome for Pacquiao, who is shooting for an unprecedented eighth world title.
The vacant World Boxing Council super-welterweight crown will be on the line although both fighters have agreed to meet on a catch weight of 150 lbs.
Team Margarito said it will stave off Pacquiao’s patented early onslaught en route to a late-round stoppage.
Nick Giongco, Manila Bulletin