Blow-By-Blow: Margarito still looks slow. A bit of focus now on referee Laurence Cole, a controversial choice, as he is the son of Texas commission head Dickie Cole. Pacquiao now embarrassing Margarito with speed after Margarito has some moments. Manny going to the body. Margarito throws a 1-2. Margarito has Manny on the ropes, and throws, but doesn’t land clean. HBO commentator and Hall of Fame trainer Manny Steward still feels size will key Margarito going forward, and it could, but Manny is fighting very, very smart. Pacquiao with a nice run of shots, and a hard left hand! Margarito takes it well, and he’s landing his jab. There’s a good uppercut from Margarito! Very good offensive round from both. Margarito staying with Manny, and that may surprise some. Manny coming forward, Margarito coming forward, and we’ve got a good fight so far.
Summary: Very close round, both guys showing what they can do offensively, and Manny having more issues with Margarito’s size and power. That uppercut from Margarito could be a very deadly weapon for the rest of the fight. VERY active round. Go with Margarito.
Score: Margarito 10-9, 19-19