The fight was never in doubt. From the opening bell to the final decision all 41,734 fans in attendance at Cowboys Stadium knew how the whole thing would end.
When all was said and done, Manny Pacquiao looked the legend that every boxing aficionado has hyped him up to be. In the other corner, though, Antonio Margarito’s face looked like it had been beaten by a boxing glove full of questionable substances.
It was one-sided, it was a blowout and the ultimate victor was never in question. Despite coming into the match-up with a 17-pound weight advantage, Margarito was thoroughly pummeled by the Filipino superstar and the final score cards showed just that. Judges Jurgen Langos had it 120-109, Glen Crocker had it 118-110 and Oren Schellenberger had it 119-109 for Pacquiao.
Margarito came into the bout fighting in his first match in more than a year after being caught with an illegal substance in his gloves in 2009. The revelation came prior to his match with Shane Mosley, and it appeared as though karma caught up with the controversial Mexican-American fighter in this particular match-up.
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The only time this fight was even mildly even was mid-match when Margarito landed a few lucky punches to Pacquiao’s ribs. However, Pacquiao quickly spun off the ropes and landed three punches straight away into Margarito’s head.
At one point, Pacquiao had Margarito down so badly that he himself was shocked that the fight had not been called yet. Late in the match he repeatedly shot glances to referee Laurence Cole, wondering when the ref would put an end to Margarito’s misery.
Still, after the fight Pacquiao was all class.
“I did my best,” Pacquiao said. “He’s strong. He’s a very tough fighter. I can’t believe [he took those punches].”
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Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, had his own opinion on how the fight went.
“We didn’t lose a round. I wish they had stopped the fight. They probably ruined his career by not stopping the fight.”
With this mild speed bump out of the way, all attention now turns to a possible Floyd Mayweather-Pacquiao showdown. It’s clear there is nobody else in the boxing world capable of hanging with the Filipino superstar. Anything beyond that superfight, much like the last 11 rounds of this fight, is a waste of time.