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Ron Artest will celebrate 31st birthday tonight by watching Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight

November 13, 2010 |  4:29 pm

For someone who says he hasn't received a memorable birthday gift growing up beyond a new pair of "Air Jordan's," Lakers forward Ron Artest will at least receive a cool present for his 31st birthday.

His birthday today coincides with WBC super welterweight title fight tonight at 6 between Manny Pacquiao and Antonio Margarito. Artest, a staunch boxing fan, wishes he could attend the fight at Cowboy Stadium, but he decided otherwise considering the Lakers play Sunday at Staples Center to Phoenix.

"It's not worth the loss tomorrow," said Artest, who also has a birthday party lined up at the Conga Room at L.A. Live following the Phoenix game, an event that will feature Faith Evans and will raise money for mental health charities.

Still, Artest plans to wear a Pacquiao shirt during the fight and even shared a bold prediction on the outcome.

"I think Margarita is going to be dehydrated," Artest said. "I think Pacquiao is probably going to knock him out."

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com


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