Manny Pacquiao more than made up with speed what he lacked in size.
Giving away pounds and inches, boxing’s little superstar turned Antonio Margarito into a bloody and nearly blind fighter with a dizzying array of punches Saturday night in a lopsided decision victory to win the WBC Super Welterweight title.
In a spectacular performance before a delighted crowd of 41,734 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Pacquiao cemented his claim to being the best fighter 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, closing his right eye, and turning his face into a bloody mess.
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.”
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