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Will Nov. 13th bout be Manny Pacquiao’s last? – SportsUntapped.com
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Added October 26th, 2010 by Ian

Will Nov. 13th bout be Manny Pacquiao’s last?
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Is Manny Pacquiao’s Nov. 13th fight against Antonio Margarito in Dallas, Texas going to be the Filipino boxer’s swansong? Many fans of the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world are afraid the WBO Welterweight Champion may throw in the towel after his scrap with the tough Mexican for the WBC Jr. Middleweight Title at Cowboys Stadium next month.

It’s believed that Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 Kos) may concentrate on his other career, which is being a congressman in his native Philippines. The popular boxer was voted into his position by a landslide vote back in May. Ironically, Pacquiao also ran for congress a couple of years ago, but lost the election as boxing fans didn’t want to vote him in as they were afraid he’d give up boxing for politics.

While Pacquiao has tried to balance both careers, he’s had a hard time of it lately as he prepares to meet Margarito (38-6, 26 Kos). Pacquiao has just wrapped up the Philippine portion of his training camp with trainer Freddie Roach and his team has now moved to Los Angeles to pick things up and for the last three weeks of training.

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But there have been conflicting reports out of the training sessions as to how Pacquiao is doing and what kind of shape he’s in. It’s also been reported that he’s missed a few sessions due to political commitments and his other interests such as basketball and singing. His American promoter attended a sparring session and was hugely disappointed, saying Pacquiao would lose the fight unless he gets his act together pretty quickly.

Roach has also given boxing writes some ammunition by hinting that Pacquiao has lost some speed and hasn’t looked like himself lately. One reason for the boxer’s lethargic ways could be his move up in weight as he’s going to face Margarito at a catch weight of 151 lbs. The limit for a Jr. Middleweight fight is 154 lbs. But 151 lbs. is a lot for a fighter of Pacquiao’s size and for somebody who started his professional career at 106 lbs.

Roach said he wants to build his fighter’s speed up and has opted for lighter sparring partners for the duration of camp, including WBA Jr. Welterweight champ Amir Khan of Britain. It was apparent that Pacquiao was slowing his pace down when sparring with bigger partners.

If Pacquiao loses, it’s doubtful he’ll end his career that way, so a rematch would be a good bet. However, if he wins, he could possibly retire from the sport that made him famous all over the world.

After he was elected to congress, he also said he’d only fight once more. However, boxers are notorious for retiring and then changing their minds. Either way, Roach realizes that he may lose his top fighter to either politics or retirement someday soon.

Sportsbook Bodog.com has the odds of a Pacquiao win at -575 and the odds of a Margarito victory at +375.

 
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