Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao plans to keep punching against Antonio Margarito


Pacquiao plans to keep punching

ARLINGTON, Texas — Freddie Roach has a game plan for Manny Pacquiao. If he had his way, it would be in place tonight, when Pacquiao moves up in weight and seeks his eighth title in a bout against Antonio Margarito. (Card starts at 9 on HBO pay-per-view). There's one problem.

"He could box more and be a little smarter," the trainer said. "But he likes to exchange punches, and that's what sells tickets. That's what makes him exciting, and that's what makes him who he is."

Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 knockouts) doesn't figure to change his style against Margarito (38-6-1, 27 knockouts) even though other things have changed since he last stepped into the ring at Cowboys Stadium in March.

Pacquiao now is a congressman in his native Philippines, which has earned him attention from outlets such as 60 Minutes and National Public Radio. That has caused consternation among fans who worry it has interfered with Pacquiao's training. Not to worry, he said: "I'm always hungry for a fight. There is no distraction."

Pacquiao, who began fighting at 107 pounds, plans to enter the ring at his heaviest ever. But he still will be much smaller than Margarito for the bout that is for a 154-pound title, though the contract weight is 150 pounds. Margarito weighed in at 150, Pacquiao at 144.6.

That doesn't concern Roach, who believes Margarito's style is perfect for his fighter.

"Margarito's defense is terrible, and he can't throw a straight punch," Roach said. "Manny will be down the middle all night. We've got a great, great game plan for him."

WBA heavyweight title: Champion David Haye weighed in at 210 pounds for today's defense against Audley Harrison in Manchester, England. Harrison, who is 2 inches taller at 6 feet 5, weighed 253.5. Haye (24-1, 22 knockouts) is a big favorite for the first all-British heavyweight title fight since Lennox Lewis defended the WBC title against Frank Bruno in 1993. He said beating Harrison (27-4, 20 knockouts), the 2000 Olympic gold medalist, will be "a warmup" on his way toward unifying the titles.


Twins star wants easier home homers

Twins first baseman Justin Morneau said he and teammates are disappointed that planned improvements to Target Field don't include moving the outfield fences in. In their first year at the stadium, the Twins hit 52 homers, compared with 90 on the road.

"Right-center (371 feet) to left-center (371 feet) is ridiculous," Morneau wrote in an e-mail to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "It's almost impossible for a right-handed hitter to (homer to the) opposite field and very difficult for lefties. … You start to develop bad habits as a hitter when you feel like you can only pull the ball to hit it over the fence."

A's: Third baseman Edwin Encarnacion, 27, was acquired from Toronto via waivers. In 2010 he hit .244 with 21 homers and 51 RBIs.

Marlins: Lefty reliever Dustin Richardson, 0-0 with a 4.15 ERA in 26 games this year, was acquired from Boston, which got left-hander Andrew Miller. Miller, the sixth overall draft pick in 2006, went 1-5 with an 8.54 ERA in nine games (seven starts) for Florida.

Et cetera

Tennis: Roger Federer got to his first Paris Masters semis, beating Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 7-6 (7-4). Federer, who had lost in the quarters three times, faces Gael Monfils (6-2, 2-6, 6-3 over Andy Murray). Robin Soderling (7-5, 6-4 over Andy Roddick) faces Michael Llodra (7-5, 6-1 over Nikolay Davydenko).

Cycling: The World Anti-Doping Agency denied proposing Tour de France riders be tested in the middle of the night. Its report last month said riders should be tested at night. Friday, it said it recommended testing "early in the morning or late at night; at less predictable times."

Times wires

.Fast facts

Ironman World Championship

What: 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run

When: 6:45 a.m. today

Where: Clearwater Beach

Course/road closures:

Boxing: Manny Pacquiao plans to keep punching against Antonio Margarito 11/12/10 [Last modified: Friday, November 12, 2010 10:57pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. College World Series: Gators, LSU face off in all-SEC finals


    OMAHA, Neb. — The matchup for the College World Series finals bolsters the case for those who say the best baseball in the land is played in the SEC.

    Florida’s Brady Singer, delivering during a CWS win over Louisville last week, is scheduled to start tonight against LSU.
  2. Jones: Fox Sports Sun shows depth in Rays coverage

    TV and Radio

    tom jones' two cents

    Tampa Bay Times columnist Tom Jones looks back at the best and worst from a weekend of televised sports.

    Best coverage

    Tampa Bay Rays third baseman Evan Longoria (3) makes a run home for a score in the in the final game of a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and AL East rival the Baltimore Orioles at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  3. Brian Boyle says returning to Lightning a 'huge option'


    As former Lightning forward Brian Boyle approaches free agency this week, he said he's trying to stay busy.

  4. Rays journal: Blake Snell to rejoin rotation, Erasmo Ramirez heads to bullpen

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Blake Snell is rejoining the Rays' rotation, but the move has as much to do with helping the bullpen as it does with Snell's improvement during his time at Triple-A Durham.

    Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (30) delivers a pitch in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday, June 21, 2017 in St. Petersburg.
  5. Rays' bullpen stars lit up in loss to Orioles

    The Heater

    ST. PETERSBURG — Saturday it was the soft underbelly of the bullpen that let one get away from the Rays, incurring the wrath of the team's faithful followers, who wondered why the high-leverage guys weren't pitching.

    Rays closer Alex Colome, coming in with the score tied in the ninth, allows three runs in his second straight poor outing.