Pacquiao –or should I say Senator Pacquiao?– not only beat Margarito in last night’s bout, but beat him decisively. Some will see Margarito’s beating (One analyst described Margarito as a “bloody mess.”) as karmic payback for loading his gloves before a previous match.
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Pacquiao cemented his claim to being the best boxer in the world by dominating the bigger but slower Margarito almost from the opening bell.
Pacquiao won round after round, opening a cut on Margarito’s cheek and closing his right eye.
The punches came quickly, and they came often. Margarito was plenty game as he tried to stalk Pacquiao around the ring, but every time he got close Pacquiao would land a four- or five-punch combination that snapped his head back and stopped him in his tracks.
The beating was so thorough that Pacquiao turned to referee Laurence Cole several times in the 11th round, imploring him to stop the fight. It went on, though, even though Margarito had no chance to win.
“I can’t believe that I beat someone this big and this strong,” Pacquiao said. “It’s hard. I really do my best to win the fight.”
Pacquiao moved up in weight yet again to take on Margarito, a natural welterweight with a reputation for ruggedness in the ring. And rugged he was, though he took a beating all night long at the hands of a faster and seemingly more powerful opponent.
One commentator made the following observation:
“Plenty of other writers will be better able to describe the mastery Manny Pacquiao displayed again tonight. I found myself most impressed in the latter rounds. Margarito faded after putting up his last offensive stand in the middle rounds, and Manny began hitting him with precision and prolificity while moving laterally. Not just stepping to the side and throwing jabs either. Shuffling his feet and landing multi-punch combinations. Very impressive stuff.”
To me, the fight is proof yet again that speed kills. By being quicker and more mobile than a larger opponent, Pacquiao was able to win decisively. Note the importance of movement –not just forward and back, but to the side, which does not comes as easily as moving directly ahead or back. This is a concept that I applied to the big stick, to bring the weight down and get both hands on it so that it moves faster