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Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito: The Damage

ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 13:  Manny Pacquiao (white trunks) of the Philippines fights against Antonio Margarito (black trunks) of Mexico during their WBC World Super Welterweight Title bout at Cowboys Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Gilbert VasquezContributor INovember 14, 2010

I was ask to breakdown the fight but people don't need a breakdown. This fight was simple. Pacquiao's speed was to much for Margarito. He was to accurate and landed at will.  In the end, Pacquiao was just too good, too fast and too accurate, BUT...

What I want to bring up is the damage Margarito did to Pacquiao. While it might not seem important now, Mayweather's people will consider this in hopes of making the big fight.

Last night, Manny Pacquiao defeated Antonio Margarito in what seemed to be an easy fight.  I began to see what damage Margarito was doing to Manny—damage to his body and to his spirit.

Before people start calling me a hater or some Mayweather-lover, that's not the case. What I'm pointing out is that many fighters, win or lose, who have taken damage from Margarito, have not done well in fights after receiving this kind of damage.

When Mosley knocked out Margarito in their 2009 battle. Mosley did not look like himself against Mayweather.  If we look a Cotto, he himself has not looked right since taking a beating from Margarito.

I'm not talking about loaded hand wraps. I'm talking about a fighter who is strong, big and hits with blunt-force trauma. Will this damage Pacquiao in future bouts?

Pacquiao was in control for the majority of the fight. Around the fifth or sixth rounds, the arena seemed in shock at the body attack Pacquiao was taking. Manny would always fire back showing his true warrior spirit.

Throughout the fight, Pacquiao would land amazingly sharp punches and stagger Margarito. Pacquiao was smart not to stand in more than he needed.

In last night's post-fight interviews, Manny Pacquiao did admit he was hurt to the body. That should make Pacquiao fans worried. Between the 11th and 12th rounds it was as if he didn't want to go.

Maybe it was mercy or maybe the body hurt too much. While it seemed he did show mercy to Margarito, he also didn't want to mix it up with the big tornado.

Will this be enough to make the Pacquiao vs. Mayweather fight? Will the damage haunt Pacquiao in his next fight?

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