MANILA, Philippines – Antonio Margarito’s manager sees a very close fight between international boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley even if his ward was demolished by the “smaller” Filipino.
"I give 50-50 chances for both," Francisco Espinoza, manager of the 5’11” Margarito, said in Boxing Scene.com report.
Espinoza said that despite Pacquiao’s unbeaten run in his last 13 fights, the 39-year-old Mosley is not someone to be underestimated.
"I mean, we're talking about Mosley... one of the greatest fighters in the last 20 [years]. A 5-time champion. He has the speed, he has the power and he throws a lot of punches," said Espinoza.
Both Pacquiao and Mosley have beaten Margarito.
The 5’9” Mosley halted the “Tijuana Tornado” in 9 rounds to win the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight crown in January 2009 shortly after Margarito was caught wearing tampered hand wraps.
More than a year later, in November 2010, it was Pacquiao’s turn to beat Margarito to win the World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title.
The Filipino champion outpunched Margarito in 12 rounds despite being outweighed 17 pounds by the Mexican.
Mosley, for his part, claimed he still has what it takes to beat the 32-year-old Pacquiao.
Marquez eyes Morales, Khan
Now that the Pacquiao-Mosley deal is done, the Filipino’s bitter rival, Juan Manuel Marquez, has decided to set his sights on other opponents.
Golden Boy Promotions, who handles the promotional rights of Marquez, said the Mexican champion is interested to fight either WBC Silver world light welterweight champ Erik Morales or WBA light welterweight champion Amir Khan.
"We are going to see if we can get that fight done," said GBP head matchmaker Eric Gomez in a Fanhouse.com article. "That's one of the fights that we will be working on in the next couple of days and weeks."
Marquez had been clamoring for a 3rd bout against Pacquiao after engaging the Filipino champion in 2 close fights.
The first fight was in May 2004 when the match ended in a draw despite Pacquiao scoring 3 knockdowns against Marquez.
A rematch took place in March 2008 when the Filipino champion again decked the gutsy Mexican for a split decision.