Apparently there can’t be a Antonio Margarito fight in the United States without a little controversy.
Margarito put something in his drink and the Manny Pacquiao camp said it was Hydroxycut, which has ephedra, a banned substance. Ephedra is basically like the drug speed and would give a fighter a big advantage.
The Margarito camp claimed that Manny Pacquiao put a pre-rolled piece of tape in his gloves, but no one from their camp saw it put together.
It appeared for a little while that the main event was in jeopardy, but both camps agreed to squash the beef and get into the ring. Many believe that it was just a case of gamesmanship between the two camps.
Once the fight got started there was nowhere for Margarito to hide and the Mexecutioner struck again. Margarito surprisingly came out and landed a decent jab, keeping Pacquiao at bay.
Pacquiao landed a big left hand with about 1:15 left in the round and a good combination with 39 seconds left. Pacquiao won the first round by a big margin.
The speed advantage for Pacquiao was evident almost immediately and was a big reason he won the round. Margarito got Pacquiao on the ropes and landed some decent shots in the second round.
Was this his best win?
Margarito moved forward more in Round 2 and landed some decent shots. Pacquiao kept darting in and out and used his speed to his advantage yet again. The round was much closer then the first.
Margarito continued to try and land the jab in the third round. He was staying on the outside and boxing from the center of the ring. A flurry from Pacquiao was met with a smile from Margarito.
They started the fourth round on the ropes and exchanged punches for about 30 seconds. Pacquiao stepped on the gas around the 1:30 mark and opened up a cut on Margarito’s cheek.
Pacquiao dominated the round and won it easily to take a 4-0 lead in terms of rounds on my scorecard. Margarito had a cut under his right eye that was closing fast.
Pacquiao started the fifth slowly and was caught on the ropes with two minutes left in the round, but landed some decent punches. He got the crowd on their feet and ended the round strong.
Margarito got Pacquiao on the ropes again with 30 seconds left in the sixth round and landed some re-energizing shots. Pacquiao smiled at him as the round ended. He finished the round strong and may have stolen the round.
Margarito’s eye was totally shut after the seventh round and his face looked like it took a beating. Margarito trapped Pacquiao on the ropes a few times and had his best round in the eighth.
Pacquiao landed a huge right hook with 20 seconds left in the 10th and had Margarito wobbled. Pacquiao won every round and got the unanimous decision victory.
People are going to say this is the best win of Pacquiao’s career but I disagree totally. Margarito was a tailor-made opponent and was never going to beat Pacquiao. Impressive, yes, but best win? No.
Now that Pacquiao has won another fight against a bigger opponent where does he go? He should go back down in weight to make the fight everyone wants to see: against Floyd Mayweather Jr.
Unfortunately that probably won’t happen as Bob Arum likes to match Pacquiao with his own fighters and Mayweather isn’t represented by Arum.
Most likely Pacquiao will fight Miguel Cotto for a second time or Shane Mosley. Mosley has been rumored as an opponent and would seem like a match that could be made.
Neither of those fights appeal me or anybody else really, but it seems like that’s what we are going to get. If either fight is made, I would favor Pacquiao by a huge margin.
If either of those is made, I would like to see Mosley just because it isn’t a rematch of a fight that wasn’t all that competitive.
Hopefully we don’t have to settle for another second-rate Pacquiao fight, and he gets in there with Mayweather Jr.
This was originally published for www.kissingthecanvas.com.