“ I don’t know what it is,” exclaimed Big Steve during our jog through Brand Park:” But ever since I saw Manny for the first time destroy that African guy over ten years ago, every time I see him in the ring I get chocked up; it’s like a spiritual experience. I can’t wait for his next fight with Marquez.”
Superstar pugilist, Manny Pacman Pacquiao has inspired millions of fans around the globe with violence and dynamic action inside the squared circle.The whole nation of Philippines stops when he enters the ring.
“Manny Pacquiao is a phenom in this business,” said trainer Roberto Garcia, who experienced Pacquiao’s brilliance first hand when his fighter, Antonio Margarito took a severe beating from pound for pound king last November at the new, state of the art Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington, Texas.
I was ringside when Manny Pacquiao, not wanting to inflict any further punishment on his badly disfigured adversary, began motioning to the referee to stop the massacre in the closing rounds of the fight. The bout wasn’t stopped. Antonio Margarito ended up in the hospital with fractured orbital bone or in layman’s terms, a broken eye socket. I remember thinking that that fight should heave been stopped.
Hindsight is twenty twenty. I asked Roberto Garcia if he would have done any thing differently if he knew then what we know now. Would he stop that fight?
“Now that we know that there was a fracture in his eye, well, of course,” said Garcia when I interviewed him in Los Angeles last week:” But during the fight there was a doctor there who o.k. every round. They were talking to Margarito in the corner and Margarito responded to everything correctly. The ref was also there, so were we. When Margarito was in the corner and gave us that positive attitude and wanted to continue. How can I stop the fight when my fighter is giving me that energy? He’s got a punchers chance so why not give him that chance. He did have his moments also. The 6th round was a good one for him where Pacquiao admitted that his ribs did hurt.”Manny Pacquiao not only admitted to being badly hurt in that fight, but decided to never compete at that weight category again.
“But Manny is Manny,” continued Garcia: And there is nothing we could say we should have done, because Manny would have adapted to anything.”
A well regarded trainer, Roberto Garcia who has been working with another rising star from Philippines, Nonito Donaire, had nothing but high praise for Manny Pacquiao.
“He is the best in the world,” Garcia said:” He is somebody that we will not see in many years, so there is nothing we could say we should have done differently, because Manny is Manny and Manny freezes all of his opponents. Not only to Margarito, but he’s done it to all of his opponents. He makes fights so easy. He could be fighting the best in the world, but he turns those fights into easy fights.”
Next on tap for the king of fistic combat is the conclusion of the historic trilogy with Juan Manuel Marquez, scheduled to take place on November 12th, 2011 at the Mecca of Boxing, MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. The event is completely sold out, but you can order it and watch it live on HBO Pay Per View.
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