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article imageOp-Ed: Pacquiao can fight Antonio Margarito as tune-up for Mayweather

By Leo Reyes     Aug 7, 2010 in Sports
Boxing fans from around the world are not at all happy with the upcoming match between Antonio Margarito and Manny Pacquiao on November 13.
But there is not much the fans can do at this time as Bob Arum, who serves as promoter of both Pacquiao and Margarito, seems to have finally decided on the match minus the venue, which is now a toss-up between Arlington, Texas and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
In most boxing articles that carry a poll on the upcoming Pacquiao-Margarito match, the tabulated results show most readers are not happy with the matchup.
One poll said most fans would rather see Pacquiao fight Juan Manuel Marquez than Margarito.
Marquez has been begging Manny Pacquiao for a third match since 2008 after Marquez lost to the pound-for-pound king on a split decision.
The majority of readers who participated in the polls say a Pacquiao vs. Marquez fight will generate more pay-per-view buys than the Pacquiao vs. Margarito match and will be much easier to sell.
One of the heavy baggages that Margarito carries on his shoulders is the controversy behind the illegal substance that was discovered in his hand wraps minutes before his fight with Shane Mosley at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.
Boxing fans consider Margarito a cheat and a disgrace to the boxing profession after his boxing license was cancelled by the California State Athletic agency for violation of the state athletic rules.
On the other hand, the same boxing fans believe that a Pacquiao-Marquez trilogy will be a better option for Pacquiao.
First and foremost is the legitimate claim of Marquez that he should have been declared winner in his last two encounters with Pacquiao. On record their first fight was declared a draw by the judges while Marquez lost to Pacquiao on their second fight via a split decision.
In both matches, Marquez claimed he was cheated and treated unfairly by the judges. He said he wants a third fight with the Filipino boxer to settle the issue once and for all.
Three months before the upcoming Pacquiao-Margarito fight, bettors will only make a dollar for a five dollar bet, which shows Margarito is a clear underdog.
Bob Arum recently stated Marquez needs to prove his worth by first taking on legitimate welterweight fighters before he sets his eyes again on Pacquiao.
Then again, Pacquiao needs to fight within the year or he will get rusty. If he really wants to fight Floyd Mayweather, Jr. early next year (maybe March), Pacquiao must have a tune-up fight before facing Mayweather.
A clash with Margarito in November could very well serve as a tune-up match in preparation for his most wanted fight with the undefeated American boxer.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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