Antonio Margarito Wants A Piece Of Oscar De La Hoya: “Come On, I’m Right Here”

By: Hans Themistode Oscar De La Hoya is still very much serious about making his return to the ring. The 2014 Hall of Famer announced to the boxing world that on July 3rd, he’ll officially end his retirement. Yet, with less than a month remaining until his targeted date, De La Hoya is still without an opponent. While no one has inked an agreement to face the former six-division world champion, that doesn't mean that he hasn't been behind the scenes trying desperately to make things happen. Although De La Hoya has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to face one of the best boxers today, he’s reportedly dived into the mixed martial arts pool to find an opponent. Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was the first to come forward with news that he was offered a contract to face De La Hoya. Despite that, those talks broke down. Next up was former two-division UFC champion, George Saint Pierre. While the living legend said he was more than willing to face De La Hoya, President of the UFC in Dana White nixed those talks. Now, with no one seemingly on the radar, an expected former boxer who was a heavy hitter in his day, wants a crack at De La Hoya. “Come on,” said former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito. “I’m right here. We’ve already told him we’re right here to fight of course.” Margarito, 43, was thought to be done with boxing on a professional level. After suffering back-to-back lopsided losses to Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, a lingering eye injury effectively ended his career. With that said, after spending several years on the sidelines, Margarito managed to make his way back to the ring, although it was short-lived. From 2016-2017, Margarito reeled off three straight. Though he has failed to enter the ring since then, the former multiple-time 147-pound belt holder still has a desire to return. At the moment though, while he still doesn’t officially have an opponent, De La Hoya continues to release videos of himself hitting the mitts and working the heavy bag. Considering how impressive he looks, even at the age of 48, Margarito is hoping that he gets the call. “He looks good, he looks good and that’s why I believe it will be a good exhibition.” The post Antonio Margarito Wants A Piece Of Oscar De La Hoya: “Come On, I’m Right Here” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Antonio Margarito Wants A Piece Of Oscar De La Hoya: “Come On, I’m Right Here”

By: Hans Themistode

Oscar De La Hoya is still very much serious about making his return to the ring. The 2014 Hall of Famer announced to the boxing world that on July 3rd, he’ll officially end his retirement. Yet, with less than a month remaining until his targeted date, De La Hoya is still without an opponent.

While no one has inked an agreement to face the former six-division world champion, that doesn't mean that he hasn't been behind the scenes trying desperately to make things happen. Although De La Hoya has stated on numerous occasions that he wants to face one of the best boxers today, he’s reportedly dived into the mixed martial arts pool to find an opponent.

Former UFC lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez was the first to come forward with news that he was offered a contract to face De La Hoya. Despite that, those talks broke down. Next up was former two-division UFC champion, George Saint Pierre. While the living legend said he was more than willing to face De La Hoya, President of the UFC in Dana White nixed those talks.

Now, with no one seemingly on the radar, an expected former boxer who was a heavy hitter in his day, wants a crack at De La Hoya.

“Come on,” said former welterweight champion Antonio Margarito. “I’m right here. We’ve already told him we’re right here to fight of course.”

Margarito, 43, was thought to be done with boxing on a professional level. After suffering back-to-back lopsided losses to Manny Pacquiao and Miguel Cotto, a lingering eye injury effectively ended his career. With that said, after spending several years on the sidelines, Margarito managed to make his way back to the ring, although it was short-lived.

From 2016-2017, Margarito reeled off three straight. Though he has failed to enter the ring since then, the former multiple-time 147-pound belt holder still has a desire to return.

At the moment though, while he still doesn’t officially have an opponent, De La Hoya continues to release videos of himself hitting the mitts and working the heavy bag. Considering how impressive he looks, even at the age of 48, Margarito is hoping that he gets the call.

“He looks good, he looks good and that’s why I believe it will be a good exhibition.”

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Tim Bradley: “I Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Pacquiao Could Pull It Off.”

By: Sean Crose "I’m going to favor Spence slightly," Tim Bradley told SNOWQUEENLA, "but I wouldn’t be surprised if Pacquiao could pull it off." Bradley knows better than most what it's like to face Manny Pacquiao in the ring. He's faced the man three times, winning once (albeit controversially) and losing twice. Therefore, when Bradley speaks of the highly anticipated bout between Pacquiao and Errol Spence this August, he's worth listening to. And Bradley appears to believe the 42 year old Pacquiao stands a real chance of pulling off the upset when he faces Spence in Las Vegas later this summer. "I think it’s a great fight for Pacquiao," the former welterweight titlist claimed. "I think it’s a great fight for Pacquiao." To paraphrase Max Schmeling, Bradley feels Pacquiao sees something in the undefeated Spence which might play to his advantage. "He’ll pick and choose which guy he wants to face where he sees a little bit of advantage" said Bradley of the fighter known as PacMan. "I think that he sees Spence is a little bit slower than what he’s used to fighting." But that's not all, for it appears Bradley knows something else that Pacquiao might see. "Spence does something that Pacquiao likes, he’ll work and bring his head back to the middle," Bradley said in the interview. "Pacquiao’s going to wait on his opportunities and he (Spence) needs to understand that Pacquiao is not only going to counter him with one shot, he’s going to counter him with combinations...you’re not going to block Manny Pacquiao, all those punches he’s throwing at you." Then there's the matter of footwork and speed. "The speed," Bradley said. "The speed, the footwork, the in and out movement, that’s going to be frustrating for Spence." "This guy is a phenom," Bradley said of Pacquiao, making it clear Spence isn't simply facing an aging fighter. Still, it's Spence who Bradley feels has the edge walking into the fight. "He’s a younger guy," he says of welterweight multi-titlist. "He’s a fresher guy. He puts a massive amount of pressure on guys all the way to the end of the fight. He throws a lot of punches, something that Pacqiuao hasn’t seen before in some time." Bradley also feels Spence will have more in his tank as the rounds pile up. "I think he should be able to outlast Pacquiao," he says of the younger Spence. The post Tim Bradley: “I Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Pacquiao Could Pull It Off.” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Tim Bradley: “I Wouldn’t Be Surprised If Pacquiao Could Pull It Off.”

By: Sean Crose

"I’m going to favor Spence slightly," Tim Bradley told SNOWQUEENLA, "but I wouldn’t be surprised if Pacquiao could pull it off." Bradley knows better than most what it's like to face Manny Pacquiao in the ring. He's faced the man three times, winning once (albeit controversially) and losing twice. Therefore, when Bradley speaks of the highly anticipated bout between Pacquiao and Errol Spence this August, he's worth listening to. And Bradley appears to believe the 42 year old Pacquiao stands a real chance of pulling off the upset when he faces Spence in Las Vegas later this summer.

"I think it’s a great fight for Pacquiao," the former welterweight titlist claimed. "I think it’s a great fight for Pacquiao." To paraphrase Max Schmeling, Bradley feels Pacquiao sees something in the undefeated Spence which might play to his advantage. "He’ll pick and choose which guy he wants to face where he sees a little bit of advantage" said Bradley of the fighter known as PacMan. "I think that he sees Spence is a little bit slower than what he’s used to fighting." But that's not all, for it appears Bradley knows something else that Pacquiao might see.

"Spence does something that Pacquiao likes, he’ll work and bring his head back to the middle," Bradley said in the interview. "Pacquiao’s going to wait on his opportunities and he (Spence) needs to understand that Pacquiao is not only going to counter him with one shot, he’s going to counter him with combinations...you’re not going to block Manny Pacquiao, all those punches he’s throwing at you." Then there's the matter of footwork and speed. "The speed," Bradley said. "The speed, the footwork, the in and out movement, that’s going to be frustrating for Spence."

"This guy is a phenom," Bradley said of Pacquiao, making it clear Spence isn't simply facing an aging fighter. Still, it's Spence who Bradley feels has the edge walking into the fight. "He’s a younger guy," he says of welterweight multi-titlist. "He’s a fresher guy. He puts a massive amount of pressure on guys all the way to the end of the fight. He throws a lot of punches, something that Pacqiuao hasn’t seen before in some time." Bradley also feels Spence will have more in his tank as the rounds pile up. "I think he should be able to outlast Pacquiao," he says of the younger Spence.

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