Underscoring his tag as the world's best pound for pound fighter, Filipino ring hero Manny Pacquiao bucked a size disadvantage to outclass Antonio Margarito of Mexico and claim the WBC super welterweight crown, his eighth weight crown, at Cowboys Stadium in Texas Saturday night (Sunday here).
“I got hurt once one round I recovered right away I really trained hard for this fight. I sacrificed a lot for this fight,” said Pacquiao after the fight.
There was no knockdown but Pacquiao, despite giving up close to 20 pounds in weight, proved dominant throughout the bout set at a catch weight of 150 lbs. Unlike Joshua Clottey who refused to engage Pacquiao, Margarito gamely fought his heart out against the Filipino champion. In the end, however, his face was reduced into a bloody mess.
Pacquiao went through the motions in the final round, with the outcome all but wrapped up in the first 11 rounds. Margarito took heavy shots but stayed on his feet. Pacquiao completes his classy performance with a late combination that lands flush on Margarito's face.