By: Justin David Tate
This past Saturday, I did something I had never done. I saw a major boxing event live and in person. I've seen some on pay-per-view, watched quite a few on HBO, and watched many on YouTube, but never in person.
The event I saw was Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito at the huge and beautiful Dallas Cowboys Stadium.
The undercard was relatively boring. Brandon Rios dominated his opponent. Mike Jones was very unimpressive compared to the hype of him being the next great prospect.
But when the main event came, the crowd got excited and the lights went dim and I joined them in excitement.
The whole place went dark as the huge Cowboys Stadium titantron grew bright with light displaying classic moments from great matchups featuring Sugar Ray Leonard, Roberto Duran, Marvin Hagler, Muhammad Ali, Julio Cesar Chavez, etc.
Then the main event was on the cusp of igniting. I was leaning in giddy conversation with a group of Mexican boxing fans about my excitement.
The Mexican boxing fans surprised me in saying they still wanted Margarito to win despite the handwrap controversy. Pacquiao and Margarito both had immense fanbase support roaring as the bell dinged.
The fight started and I figured Antonio Margarito would be slow, but his speed was syrupy at best. As a matter of fact, frozen molasses would probably be a better metaphor, because regular syrup doesn't run that slow.
The more startling fact, besides how slow Margarito plodded after Pacquiao was how much Margarito was able to hit Pacquiao even as Pacquiao displayed faster handspeed. Pacquiao just kept getting hit.
Throughout the fight, Pacquiao would end up in interesting predicaments where he'd be backed up against the ropes and nailed three or four times, catching shots to the head and body. There were a few shots that seemed to hurt Pacquiao pretty badly.
I felt the unanswered punches could have halted the fight had the referee been looking to allow the fight to be stopped. The ref never did. As a result, when it came time to possibly stop the fight after Margarito's eye was punched shut, the referee allowed the fight to continue.
Pacquiao was nearly stopped in my opinion thanks to a flurry of unanswered punches in the corner and Margarito should've been stopped in the later rounds for having only one eye he could see out of.
Manny Pacquiao won another unanimous decision. I figured he would. Antonio Margarito was perhaps too tough for Manny to take out.
I personally believe if Margarito had been a bit faster, he would've won. Considering his speed disadvantage, he did an amazing amount of damage rocking Pacquiao's head back on too many occasions.
Should Mayweather not fight Pacquiao, a showdown against Shane Mosley would be fantastic. Mosley is 39 and still far faster than Margarito and packs a greater knockout punch than Margarito. Margarito won 38 fights with 27 KO's. Mosley won 46 fights with 39 KO's. Big difference.
Mosley also has never lost to an all out-brawler like Pacquiao. Mosley only loses to people who box smart like Winky Wright, Vernon Forrest and Floyd Mayweather.
Miguel Cotto semi-boxed against Mosley winning a close decision, but would've been knocked out trading punches with Mosley. Shane Mosley's chin is one of the strongest in boxing and as a result, Mosley has never been knocked out.
With a great knockout punch, an iron chin, and enough speed to guarantee he will hit even the fastest target eventually, he can be a serious problem to a great fighter like Pacquiao.
Here's hoping to see Pacquiao Vs. Mosley next year if Mayweather isn't available.