2010 Boxing Odds: Antonio Margarito Huge Underdog Against Manny Paxquiao Print
Written by Nate Steele   
Saturday, 13 November 2010 17:05

Antonio Margarito Odds

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Antonio Margarito has had a tumultuous past couple of years since losing to Shane Mosley in Jan. of 2009. Now he has an opportunity to redeem himself against one of the current greats in Manny Pacquiao. This fight will take place in Arlington, Texas, live on Pay-Per-View.

Antonio Margarito (38-6-0, 27 KO’s)

In the aftermath of the Mosley fight, Margarito was found to have had tampered hand wraps and served a subsequent suspension. Margarito returned to defeat Roberto Garcia by decision in May. However, this is no Garcia repeat as Margarito now prepares for perhaps the biggest match of his life against Manny Pacquiao for the vacant WBC Super Welterweight title. Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com currently has Manny Pacquiao listed as a -400 favorite. Here is a look at Margarito’s strengths and weaknesses heading into Saturday night’s fight.

Strengths: After being caught using doctored hand wraps, Margarito has a ton to prove here. And who better to do it against than one of the most accomplished boxers in the world in Manny Pacquiao? As a lot of naysayers are calling Margarito a tainted fighter, now is the time where he can step up and prove his 38 victories are no fluke. Margarito has also shown he has as tough of a chin as anyone and that will be put to the test through a flurry of Pacquiao punches.

Weaknesses: Losing to Shane Mosley robbed Margarito of a possible defining moment in his career. This is another opportunity and his chances could be running thin if he loses this fight, especially if it is in one-sided fashion. Those pressures could mount on Margarito even before the fight begins and play a role in how he boxes. Pressing too much early could result in falling into the wrong Pacquiao punch, one that could end his night.

 

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