Pacquiao Vs. Margarito Round-By-Round Coverage: Manny Dominates Opening Round

Blow-By-Blow: Big atmosphere in Cowboys Stadium, legitimate sales or not (hey, that’s the talk). There was some talk before the fight, legit or not, that Margarito used an ephedra-based substance. Michael Koncz, a key member of Pacquiao’s team, filed a complaint with the commission and a post-fight drug test will be key.

Moving on, Margarito shooting jabs, but Manny looks way faster in the early going. Margarito is so, so much bigger, weighing in unofficially at 165 tonight to Pacquiao’s 148. You don’t get size differences like that below heavyweight much. But Manny is tagging Margarito with good shots. Manny looks calm and relaxed, as usual. Good shots by Manny, and he’s backing Margarito down already. About 40 seconds left in the round. Great stuff again by Manny, just tagging Margarito, who is throwing nothing but jabs. 1-2 southpaw combo from Pacquiao. Margarito too slow to land power shots. Right hooks and lefts to the body from Pacquiao take the round.

Summary: 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.

Score: Pacquiao 10-9

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