ARLINGTON TX - NOVEMBER 13: Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines celebrates after he was declared the winner by a unanimous decision against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadium on November 13 2010 in Arlington Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Pacquiao Vs. Margarito Fight: Manny Wins Eighth World Title In Unanimous Decision

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Pacquiao Vs. Margarito Results: Round-By-Round, Full Fight Coverage

Scott Christ did an amazing job with his full fight coverage of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito fight here at SB Nation. Christ, of Bad Left Hook fame, live-blogged all the action with round-by-round updates. If you missed any of them, here’s the highlights.

Pacquiao jumped all over Margarito early, dominating the first round.

Dominant opening round from Manny Pacquiao, but the question now is whether Manny can hurt the iron-chinned Margarito. At this rate, he’ll wear him down, and this rate is sustainable. Manny takes the opening round without question.

It was in the fourth round that Manny did his damage, hurting Margarito with some wicked speed and power combinations.

A HUGE round for Manny Pacquiao. This is something you just don’t see much of in boxing, or any sport. Manny Pacquiao, giving up five inches of height, 17 pounds, and 6 inches of reach, is now dominating. Margarito is falling out of this fight and getting hurt.

Round six could have been a turning point. With Pacquiao in control, Margarito fought back, hurting Pacquiao late in the round.

Margarito just can’t keep up with him. Margarito hurts Manny just as I say that! Manny gets away, but here comes Margarito! Big left by Manny! Now Manny on the ropes, Margarito throwing, and MANNY COMES BACK! Great round!

By round eight, it was clear Pacquiao had the fight in the bag. Margarito continued to trade punches, however, and would not go down without a fight.

Manny takes another round, but folks, this is not as one-sided as it might seem. This is an INCREDIBLE offensive display from both fighters.

In the 11th, it was a coronation, with Pacquiao landing shots at will on the bigger Margarito.

Now Laurence Cole, takes a look, but then they go back into the fight. Manny with three hard shots! Manny to the body, then the head! What an amazing performance. For those who know Manny Pacquiao, THIS is amazing. He’s taking a much, much bigger man apart at the seams. Margarito can’t see anything coming at him. Pacquiao is too fast, too good, and too much. Just too damn much.

An easy 12th round and it was all over. Pacquiao walked away with his eighth title in eight weight classes after a dominant, unanimous decision on the scorecards. Against a much bigger opponent, Pacquiao showed off his speed en route to an impressive victory.

For full, wall-to-wall coverage, check out our SB Nation StoryStream for the fight.


Pacquiao Vs. Margarito Results: What's Next For Manny, The Filipino Phenom?

Antonio Margarito took a pounding at the hands of Manny Pacquiao, but survived all 12 rounds to send the fight to the judges. Pacquiao opened a nasty cut under the right eye of Margarito that continued to deterioriate throughout the fight, eventually swelling shut as the fight wore on. The win propelled Pacquiao to his eighth title in as many weight classes, clearly establishing Manny as the finest pound-for-pound boxer in the sport right now.

From beginning to end, Pacquiao used his impressive speed and a flurry of punches from all angles to completely neutralize the sizeable weight advantage Margarito held. Margarito finally did some damage to Pacquiao at one point, landing a flurry of punches in the sixth round with Manny up against the ropes. Pacquaio said he was surprised by the power of Margarito’s punches and his vicious uppercut after the fight, noting that the sixth round left him stunned.

In the 11th round, Pacquiao began looking to the referee as if to ask “will you end this already?” By the 12th round, Pacquiao let off the gas, showing some compassion for a clearly battered opponent. With the fight well in hand, Pacquiao was content to walk out with a judges’ decision.

The fight was scored 120-108, 118-110 and 119-109, all for Pacquiao. It was Pacquiao’s 52nd career win and 16th straight victory. Margarito put up one heck of a fight, but Pacquiao continues to be in a class all of his own in the sport.

With Margarito disposed of, the focus turns to the next opponent for Pacquiao. Will we finally get the mega-fight everyone has been waiting for? The next logical step is for Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr.‘s camp to hammer out details of a fight the public so desperately wants. As we saw in the last round of negotiations, that’s easier said than done. Pacquiao said he’s still focused, ready to fight and will take on anyone that’s put in front of him in an interview after the fight, though he was non-commital about who that opponent would be.


Pacquiao Vs. Margarito Results: Manny Pacquiao Defeats Antonio Margarito By Landslide Decision, Wins Eighth World TItle

In an amazingly dominant performance, Manny Pacquiao claimed his unprecedented eighth title in a new weight class, pounding out a unanimous decision victory over Antonio Margarito at Cowboys Stadium.

Pacquiao (52-3-2, 38 KO) won every round on one scorecard, taking that one 120-108, and won the other two by scores of 118-110 and 119-109. Bad Left Hook and scored it 119-109 for Pacquiao.

Over the course of the bout, Pacquiao closed the right eye of Margarito (38-7, 26 KO) with his speed and amazing power. No fighter in the history of boxing, arguably, has carried power, speed, and outright dominance up in weight as far as Pacquiao has over his incredible, Hall of Fame-bound career. In this fight, Margarito had a 17-pound weight advantage by the unofficial HBO scales (calculated after the fighters re-hydrated overnight), five inches of height, and six inches of reach.

All things being fair, Margarito gave a stirringly gutsy performance against superior speed and technique. When one considers that Margarito has not faced a top-level opponent in 22 months, you can’t question the heart of the Mexican fighter, whether or not you consider him not just a villain of boxing, but the villain of the entire sport. There is a good chance that the once-disgraced Margarito gained some new respect tonight in his losing effort; he was incredibly brave, never backed down from Manny, and just kept looking to land the big shots he felt could turn the tide.

But in the end, Antonio Margarito, like Miguel Cotto, Oscar de la Hoya, Ricky Hatton, Joshua Clottey, and many others, was simply not quite good enough to beat Manny Pacquiao. As the rounds added up in the action-packed fight, the awe over Manny Pacquiao grew. To be quite honest, you can forget Floyd Mayweather Jr. for now. The story in boxing is Manny Pacquiao, who won’t duck anyone, takes huge challenges, and then dominates fighters he probably just shouldn’t. Antonio Margarito gave his best effort, and it wasn’t close. Pacquiao’s status as the active global icon of boxing is well-earned. He proved it once more tonight at Cowboys Stadium.

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