Manny Pacquiao thoroughly dominated Antonio Margarito to win the WBC junior middleweight title, the 8th world title of his remarkable boxing career. Margarito came into the ring weighing nearly 20 pounds more than PacMan, yet he wasn't in the fight for a single round.
Before the match began, ring announcer Michael Buffer called Cowboys Stadium, where the fight was being held, the 8th Wonder of the World. He's wrong, Manny Pacquiao is the 8th Wonder of the World and clearly the best pound-for-pound fighter in the game.
The official scores were 120-108, 118-110, 119-109.
Below, is the live blog of the entire pay-per-view telecast, including a round-by-round report of the main event.
The pay-per-view undercard of the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito card has just begun. Here's the live blog of the entire card.
The first bout of the evening features Brandon Rios, whom we got to know on HBO's 24/7 series, against Andre Lowther.
In the house for the broadcast are Richie From Levittown, Bruno and Frank. Richie from Levittown is showing his loyalty to the Hofstra women's soccer team by wearing his Hofstra blue hoody. Hofstra is playing in the NCAA tournament this weekend up in Boston. He also brought treats from the legendary Dortoni bakery.
Here are the last-minute predictions from the crew here.
Richie From Levittown; Pacquiao, TKO 8.
Bruno: Pacquiao wins.
Frank: Pacquiao's a little too fast, but 170 pounds is tough to argue with.
The entire undercard and notes on the Pacquiao-Margarito dressing rooms is below the round-by-round.
Three national anthems begin at 11:27 p.m.
11:33, anthems over. But now, Nellie sings. Why?
When he climbs into the ring, Margarito will weigh 165 pounds. He weighed in at 150. PacMan will weigh 148 pounds. He weighed in at 144.6 pounds.
11:52, Buffer finally says, "Let's get ready to rumble."
Round 1: Margarito boxing composed. Unlike his traditional attack. Margarito is big, but slow. Pacquiao scores with a couple of quick combinations. Speed wins so far. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 2: Margarito still boxing and jabbing. But plodding. PacMan explodes with punches. Very good trading in the second half of the round. PacMan gets the edge for final flurry. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 3: Speed still carrying the day for Pacquiao. He actually backs Margarito up at the close of the round. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 4: Huge round for Pacquiao. He hurts Margarito with a body shot. Margarito's right eye is swelling badly. PacMan scores at will. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 5: More of the same. Pacquiao almost scoring at will. He hurts Margarito at the end of the round. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 6: Margarito rallies a bit in this round. But it's still Pacquiao's round and fight. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 7: Margarito indeed hanging in, but more speed, more power, more Pacquiao. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 8: Pacquiao spent too much time on the ropes that round. He still won it because he's way too fast. Bu the ropes are a dangerous place for PacMan. Being there gives Margarito a chance. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 9: There are no more ways to describe it. More of the same. PacMan moving and dancing a bit. Richie From Levittown apologizes for the wrong prediction. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 10: PacMan is dominant. They should stop the fight. Margarito's right eye is closed. It's almost over. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 11: This fight should be stopped. PacMan twice looks over at the referee, Lawrence Cole, to see if he will stop the fight. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 12: Pacquiao showing humanity when no one else does. He's dancing, jabbing, not really attacking Margarito. PacMan looking a bit like he's casually hitting a double-end bag. Pacquiao, 10-9.
Here's the blog from the undercard:
Brandon Rios meets Andre Lowther in the opener. Rios got on the undercard after Kelly Pavlik pulled out.
Jim Lampley just reported that Manny Pacquiao said Margarito can keep his beard because he wants to use it as a target. Generally, fighters are required to shave or have very closely cropped beards.
The fight was just stopped late in the 5th round, just as everyone in the room was calling for the stoppage. Lowther was taking too much punishment and wasn't able to hurt Rios. Good call on the stoppage.
Next bout is starting now. Cuban Guillermo Rigondeaux fighting Ricardo Cordoba for the junior featherweight title. Rigondeaux won two Olympic gold medals and was removed from the Cuban national team before he was able to win a third medal in Beijing. We saw Rigondeaux fight in New York when he was trained by Freddie Roach. He has since parted ways with Roach.
This is just Rigondeaux's 7th pro fight.
It's two southpaw counter-punchers. So far, no one really committing. Rigondeaux more than Cordoba. But a dull fight so far.
Cordoba just went down in Round 4. Looked like a left hand to the body from Rigondeaux.
It's Round 6 and Rigondeaux just went down. They are saying that Rigondeaux claims he had never been knocked down before, in nearly 300 amateur and pro fights.
Richie From Levittown rightfully questions the scoring of that round 10-8 for Cordoba, since Cordoba, aside from dropping him with a jab, didn't do much else.
Frank, who do you give this round to? "Neither one."
Very odd that Manny Pacquiao is now wrapping his own hands while Roach is watching Margarito's hands get wrapped.
A direct quote from Frank, "This is a terrible fight."
Pacquiao is now being forced to re-tape his hands.
Rigondeaux wins a split decision and the WBA junior featherweight title.
Last undercard fight about to begin. First, it's Dortoni time.
Both camps have a beef. Margarito's team says Pacquiao's wraps are illegal and PacMan's team says Margarito has taken a banned substance. It's being described as a weight loss drug. Roach wants him drug-tested before the fight. Question, Margarito has already made weight, why a weight loss drug? It sounds like, for the sake of the fight, they will each give the other a pass. Although HBO reports that PacMan's camp has launched a formal protest.
It's Mike Jones against Jseus Soto-Karass in a welterweight bout.
Kellerman likens Jesus Soto Karass to Margarito a full four rounds after Richie From Levittown.
"It felt like 10 rounds, 10 rounds ago," said Richie.
Mike Jones wins a majority decision. That's it for the undercard.