MANILA, Philippines – The trainer of Antonio Margarito is confident that his Mexican ward will go the distance against Manny Pacquiao when they face off for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) super welterweight title in November.
“Manny has proven he’s best in the world pound-for-pound,” Garcia told Yahoo! Sports reporter Kevin Iole.
“I know that. You have to give him credit for what he’s accomplished, because he’s done so much. But he’s going against a fighter who is so much bigger and who is going to be on him every single second for all 12 rounds,” he stated.
Pacquiao and Margarito will fight in the $1.2-billion Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas on November 13 (November 14 in Manila).
“A guy who is that much bigger is going to be on him the entire night. Manny has fast, powerful combinations, but once Margarito takes those and keeps coming, it’s going to be a long night for Manny,” said Garcia.
The Filipino boxer-turned-congressman is currently training in Baguio City while the Mexican fighter is holding his training camp in Oxnard, California.
According to Garcia, Margarito’s preparation for the Pacquiao clash has been good.
“Camp is going great; Margarito is looking really good, really strong," Garcia told Ricardo Conde of FightNews.com.
"His conditioning is great, very impressive. It’s a real pleasure working with Margarito, we’re very happy to have him here with us and I’m confident we’ll win November 13th,” he added.
Pacquiao, on the other hand, skipped training on Wednesday after suffering from sinusitis. – With reports from Kevin Iole, Yahoo! Sports and Ricardo Conde, FightNews.com