Filipinos nationwide rejoiced over boxing hero Manny Pacquiao’s latest victory. The Pound for Pound king once again showed to the whole world why he is the toughest boxer in all weight divisions by castigating a giant in Antonio Margarito.
In a skillful display of speed and precision, Pacquiao dominated the taller, bigger Margarito from the opening bell to earn a lopsided unanimous decision on Saturday night . He dipped and danced and fired southpaw, he ducked and spun and landed a tornado of combination.
The victory awarded Pacquiao his eighth world title in as many weight divisions as his showdown with the durable Margarito was for the vacant World Boxing Council superwelterweight crown that had a catch weight of 150 lbs.
As Pacquiao bruised, bloodied and eventually disfigured the face of Margarito, he proved again that, at least so far, speed trumps size. But despite his domination Pacquiao could not land the knock-out blow against what was thought to be his biggest opponent yet, even taking a few powerful blows himself in the middle rounds.
“I can’t believe that I beat someone this big and this strong,” Pacquiao said. “It’s hard. I really do my best to win the fight.”
Pacquiao won every round on one scorecard, 120-108, and was ahead 119-109 and 118-110 on the other two. The Associated Press had it a 120-108 shutout.
That almost happened, showing his compassionate side, Pacquiao looked at referee Laurence Cole in the 10th round, imploring that the bout be stopped as Margarito’s eyes were closing. There wasn’t any way Margarito was going to win the fight, but he could still see out of one eye and wanted to continue.
“I told the referee, ‘Look at his eyes, look at his cuts,’” Pacquiao said later. “I did not want to damage him permanently. That’s not what boxing is about.”
Pacquiao said he eased off in the 12th round. “I did my best,” Pacquiao said. “He’s strong. He’s a very tough fighter.
Manny Pacquiao goes through the motions in the final round, with the outcome all but wrapped up in the first 11 rounds. Antonio Margarito took heavy shots but stayed on his feet. Pacquiao completes his classy performance with a late combination that lands flush on Margarito’s face. In the end Manny Pacquiao defeated the Mexican Antonio Margarito in a unanimous decision for the WBC super welterweight crown, his eighth in as many divisions.
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