Updates on the Pacquiao versus Margarito fight

After his recent troubles, Antonio Margarito realizes the upcoming opportunity could resurrect his career.

For his Nov. 13th fight with Manny Pacquiao, Antonio Margarito has agreed to keep a diary and offer the intimate details about his training camp to ESPN.

In Part 1 he began: “I am training very hard. For this fight we will be training for nine weeks. My routine is the same every day. I wake up at 5:30 in the morning and I jog. I run for about 45 or 50 minutes, sometimes up to an hour. We run in different places. Sometimes we go to the beach, or to the mountains, or we go to a park here in Oxnard, which is where we’re training now. We were in L.A. for two weeks when we started training, but now we’re in Oxnard.

After that, I come back and have breakfast. I take a shower, take a nap and then at around 1 p.m. we go to the gym. There, we do some sparring and maybe hit the pads, the double-end bag, and also some weights. Then I go eat and after that I go to sleep and that’s my daily routine.


We’re staying in a hotel. It’s like a small lodge. I am here with my wife. The rest of my family stays in Tijuana, and I always do it like this. I have trained in the mountains [Big Bear] before, but that was when I was starting out. Right now we’re working here in Oxnard, in the gym that [trainer] Robert [Garcia] owns, and we’re very pleased.

Part 2: Garcia has brought a lot of new things into my training regime. We have been correcting a few mistakes. I don’t feel the change from [former trainer] Javier Capetillo, although each has a different way of training. I’m quite pleased with them; the truth is that we have corrected a lot of mistakes, even though this is only the second training camp we have done together. I believe we’re going to do much better with him on board.

Right now we have three guys as sparring partners … and they all have given me a good workout. I don’t remember their names, but I will tell you more about them later.

This fight was signed in the 150-pound limit, and I believe we’re going to be OK with the weight. Everything on that aspect goes really well and we have it under control.

I believe that in my last fight with Garcia, I didn’t look so good because of my inactivity; because I had been away from the ring for a long time. Now I will be the same old fighter that puts on the pressure and leaves everything in the ring. The comeback after the suspension cost me a little bit, but everything is back to normal, and on Nov. 13 we are going to demonstrate it. I will be the same boxer I was before, the fighter that leaves his heart in the ring, and on Nov. 13 we’ll be able to demonstrate that.

We have a lady who cooks for us, and after we’re done, she cooks for all of us. She takes care of me and cooks all kinds of foods, but always low in calories. I don’t have limitations, I eat anything, but it has to be low in fat and calories.”

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