Manny Pacquiao demolished Antonio Margarito over 12 lopsided rounds in front of a crowd of 41,000 plus fans Saturday night at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Pacquiao used his blinding speed and power to pummel Margarito, who, to his credit, kept coming.
Many observers including Pacquiao himself felt the fight should have been stopped in the 11th round when both of Margarito's eyes had swollen shut. Margarito's battered face and reported broken orbital socket came courtesy of Pacquiao landing 411 of 713 power punches.
If a round were going to be given to Margarito perhaps it would have been the final stanza as a merciful Pacquiao chose to rarely throw, content on coasting the round and halting the punishment. Pacquiao later said he "didn't want to hurt Margarito seriously, because that's not what boxing is about."
Pacquiao now stands alone winning a title in a record eight divisions, in a career that started in the flyweight division. Pacquiao also becomes the second heaviest boxing champion from the Phillipines.
So what now for Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao?
Many casual and die-hard boxing fans alike would like a show down with fellow Pound-4-Pound king Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. This fight would likely become the biggest non-heavyweight draw since Leonard-Hearns and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue.
But will this fight ever happen? Twice negotiations have come up short. The interest is there, but it is waning. Pacquiao has proven he can command Pay Per View sales, so does he really need Mayweather? After all "Pac-Man" has other obligations, such as being a congressman.
Mayweather is also trying to make history, retiring as an undefeated five division champion. If Mayweather retires undefeated, without facing Pacquiao, his Hall of Fame status might be questioned.
The only meaningful fight out there for Pacquiao is Mayweather. This fight could happen as soon as the summer of 2011 or spring of 2012.
If this mega-fight doesn't happen though, Pacquiao has already proven his point and made history. He can ride off into a sunset of glory with or without a Mayweather bout.
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