MANILA, Philippines – They may have similar fighting styles, but Brandon Rios and Antonio Margarito are two different boxers, stressed boxing trainer Robert Garcia.
In an interview with Boxing Scene, Garcia cautioned Team Pacquiao from comparing their upcoming fight to the Filipino’s victory over Margarito.
“It's a totally different fight,” said Garcia, noting that, for one, Rios is much younger than the Tijuana tornado. “Brandon almost 10 year's younger than Margarito, big difference.”
Garcia added that Margarito fought Pacquiao at the catchweight of 151 pounds. Rios, on the other hand, will be making his ascent from the 140-pound division to 147.
“They fought Margarito at catchweight which hurt Margarito,” he said. “Brandon has the advantage in this weight. He's gonna be comfortable at 147.”
At welterweight, Garcia said the Mexican-American will be able to throw heavier punches.
Garcia also pointed out that Pacquiao is already nearing 35 years old, which is considered old in the boxing world.
“Three years ago, Manny's a different man,” he said.
Pacquiao nabbed his eight world title by giving the taller but slower Margarito a savage beating in 2010.
But Garcia, who cornered for Margarito then, said they have gained lessons from that loss.
“I've gained experience too. Now I'm more experienced,” he said. “Now I train my fighters to do different things.”