HOLLYWOOD — Early, unconfirmed numbers coming out of Dallas said Sunday that Manny Pacquiao’s big fight against Antonio Margarito drew a total of 1.4 million pay-per-view buys.
The Dallas Morning News came up with the big numbers that should make fight promoter Bob Arum smile until Christmas.

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Boxing superstar Manny Pacquiao, left, and Antonio Margarito, right, pose during a news conference in Arlington, Texas on Nov. 10. The boxers are scheduled to fight at the Cowboys Stadium for the World Boxing Council super welterweight title on Nov. 13.  (AP photo/David J. Phillip)

Filipino Reporter Exclusive

As Manny Pacquiao steps on boxing scales with seeming abandon for size disparities, you have to wonder if — at 150 pounds — “The Pacman” is close to biting off more than he can chew.

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Trainer Robert Garcia (l.) with his fighter Antonio Margarito.

DALLAS — Manny Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach questioned his fighter’s dedication to boxing in recent weeks following a training camp that was more chaotic than usual, he told Reuters on Tuesday.
Pacquiao (51-3-2, 38 KOs), who takes on Mexico’s Antonio Margarito (38-6, 27 KOs) Saturday (Sunday in Manila) in Cowboys Stadium in Texas for the vacant WBA super welterweight belt, is known for being heavily involved in extra-curricular activities.

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Manny Pacquiao acknowledges fans during a workout session in Grapevine, Texas, November 9, 2010. Pacquiao will face Antonio Margarito in the World Super Welterweight Championship on Saturday. REUTERS/Tim Sharp

MANILA — No matter the outcome of his fight against Antonio Margarito this weekend, Manny Pacquiao will continue to be recognized as WBO welterweight champion, it was disclosed yesterday by Filipino boxing referee and judge Danrex Tapdasan who attended the governing body’s annual convention in Colombia recently.
Pacquiao is moving up in weight to battle Margarito for the vacant WBC superwelterweight crown at the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, this Saturday night (Sunday morning, Manila). Win or lose, the Filipino ring icon will stay on the WBO throne.

DALLAS — This former world champion knows a good matchup when he sees one.
Saturday’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito, to him, is far from being a good one.
“I don’t see the fight going past three rounds,” said Gerry Peñalosa, the crafty Filipino fighter who just recently announced his retirement from boxing.

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