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article imagePacquiao-Margarito Presser at the Big Apple Special

By Oliver Iglesias     Sep 3, 2010 in Sports
NEW YORK - September 1, around 12:10 p.m, was the start of the second of a three-city tour for the Pacquiao-Margarito bout.
Location was Chelsea Pier 60 which offered a magnificent view of the Hudson River -through the glass- from right inside the venue.
A black SUV parks in front of the entrance to Pier 60 and Monterrey, California-born Mexican boxer Antonio Margarito appears with his small contingent. He waves to fans and media at the lobby and goes straight to the presscon hall.
Another black vehicle approaches and this time, a charismatic, familiar face steps out. Manny Pacquiao has arrived. He shakes hands with Top Rank officials and the presser organizers.
Pacquiao walks straight to the media table where pink “bracelets” are handed out to the VIPs and press people and armed with a big smile, he blurted out a silence-breaking “Can I order a coffee, please,” much to the amusement of those in-charge of the press and of the crowd which was slowly converging around him. He gamely poses for a couple pictures with fans.
Before proceeding to the news conference dais a few meters away, I asked to verify about his recent opinion on interviews that Margarito knew about the "illegal wraps" in his fists just before his fight versus Shane Mosley.
"Every person has an idea what's going on with his/her hands. I mean those are your hands, these are mine. That goes to everybody else. Margarito knew what was going on, but I believe in giving him another chance," the humble PacMan stressed.
Led by Top Rank President Todd duBoef, pinch-hitting for Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum who hurriedly jetted to Seattle to get updates on his missing lawyer-son, the Pacquiao-Margarito match-up was formally introduced before an appreciative crowd which boasted a throng of Filipinos residing in the East Coast, particularly in the tri-state area (New York, New Jersey and Connecticut).
The Presser s About to Start
The Presser's About to Start
Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao Wait for Emcee/Top Rank head Todd DuBoef
Freddie Roach and Manny Pacquiao Wait for Emcee/Top Rank head Todd DuBoef
Team Pacquiao and Team Margarito share the limelight
Team Pacquiao and Team Margarito share the limelight
Crowd was dominated by Pacquiao fans
Crowd was dominated by Pacquiao fans
A young Filipino-American stands out in the middle of the crowd
A young Filipino-American stands out in the middle of the crowd
Cameramen from various media outlets make sure they got the best possible angles
Cameramen from various media outlets make sure they got the best possible angles
“The only reason why I am the greatest trainer in the world is because I train the best fighter in world,” Freddie Roach expounded, as the fans roared in approval.
Earlier, Todd duBoef introduced him as the human version of Paul the Octopus of the 2010 Soccer World Cup fame who correctly predicted the outcome of each match "afforded" him.
Freddie Roach.
Freddie Roach.
When Antonio Margarito’s introduction came, he spoke in Spanish and translated in English in between lines.
“I am very happy to be here and this is a fight I always wanted. I also wanted to be a WBC champion and this is such a great opportunity. Manny is a great fighter and I expect a tough fight,” he said.
Tony Margarito s fortunate to land a bout vs the PacMan
Tony Margarito's fortunate to land a bout vs the PacMan
Margarito speaks to the press
Margarito speaks to the press
The proudest moment of course belonged to the Filipino fighter-turned-congressman, exuding the quiet confidence of a statesman as he was introduced for the first time in such capacity for this three-city media tour which started in Los Angeles.
Manny to Filipinos in the crowd:  OK lang ba kayo diyan?
Manny to Filipinos in the crowd: "OK lang ba kayo diyan?"
Manny:  This fight is again for the fans
Manny: "This fight is again for the fans"
Press members scramble as Pacquiao takes the podium
Press members scramble as Pacquiao takes the podium
“Here we go again,” beamed Manny.
He was possibly referring to the grind of yet another strenuous training ahead, running up the hills and back, and performing hundreds of sit-ups and other exercises with strength and conditioning coach Alex Ariza, and of course the intense and sometimes heated sparring sessions under Roach's guidance. And trying to defeat the opponent – again.
He greets his fellow Filipinos in the native language and thanked HBO and the press for the coverage. Then continued to talk about his Mexican opponent.
“Margarito’s style is to throw a lot of punches and he’s a very aggressive fighter. He’s the opposite of my previous opponent, Joshua Clottey. Clottey is, you know, always covering his face (laughter and roaring from the crowd), he doesn’t want to get hit. But this guy wants to go toe-to-toe and people will love the exchange of punches in the ring. We will have a good fight in November 13 and this fight is for the fans,” Pacquiao stressed.
Physical Size Advantage: Margarito
Physical Size Advantage: Margarito
 Heart  Advantage: Pacquiao
"Heart" Advantage: Pacquiao
Manny and Tony will battle it out for the WBC belt in Nov 13
Manny and Tony will battle it out for the WBC belt in Nov 13
The presscon ended around 1:20pm and fans and the like approached the boxers and trainers for interviews and autographs.
The PacMan signs some autographs
The PacMan signs some autographs
No doubt it’s Pacquiao time once again!
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