It wasn’t the fight that the entire world was waiting to see, but superstar boxer Manny Pacquiao ‘s beat-down on challenger Antonio Margarito sufficed enough for most hungry boxing followers.

Just months removed from yet another negotiations breakdown with fellow superstar Floyd Mayweather, Pacquiao continues to give fans reasons to believe he’s the best in the business right now after dominating Margarito for 12 rounds on Nov. 14 at Cowboys stadium In Dallas.

More than 41,000 fans watched as Pacquiao landed devastating blow after blow on his bigger, yet slower opponent, which ultimately led to a 12-round sweep according to the judges’ scoring cards.

But Margarito didn’t back down from the much faster Pacquiao. He tried to smother the Filipino icon throughout the fight and landed some pretty big punches of his own. But every time Margarito landed a punch, Pacquiao countered with a 4 or 5-punch combo that would make even the biggest Mayweather supporters nervous.

When the final bell rung, the right side of Margarito’s face was so badly gashed and bleeding, he had to go directly to the hospital to have his cuts treated. Pacquiao’s famous trainer, Freddie Roach, said the fight should have been stopped early for Margarito’s sake.

“We didn’t lose a round,” Roach said, “I really wish they would have stopped the fight.”

Pacquiao, who landed 474 punches to Margarito’s 229, agreed with his trainer.

“I told the referee, ‘Look at his eye, look at his cuts,” Pacquiao said. “I did not want to damage him permanently. That’s not what boxing is about.”

Pacquiao’s victory earned him the World Boxing Council 154-pound title, as well as $15 million in prize money. But it also won him more respect from both his fans and colleagues.

“Manny is the best fighter in the world,” said Robert Garcia, Margarito’s trainer. And even Mayweather may have a hard time arguing against that after Pacquiao’s performance Saturday night. But there’s only one way to find out. Stay tuned.

 

Perry Green

AFRO Sports Editor