Manny Pacquiao proved that sizing doesn’t matter when he battered Antonio Margarito to develop into an 8-division globe champion.
Despite providing away various pounds and inches, ‘PacMan’ turned Antonio Margarito into a bloody mess as he gained a lopsided 12-round conclusion and the vacant WBC junior middleweight in November 2010.
By spherical 4, Margarito appeared to be on borrowed time as his right eye began to swell thanks to the fractured orbital bone he’d suffered as a outcome of Pacquiao’s relentless assaults.
Surprisingly, the Filipino boxing icon landed 474 punches on his opponent inspite of imploring referee Laurence Cole to cease the bout when 3 cuts opened up on Margarito’s experience.
Footage from the combat reveals Pacquiao pausing and having various hopeful glances at the formal in round 11 just before continuing to pummel his rival.
The commentators agreed with him and loudly named for the struggle to be identified as off, but Cole authorized Margarito to get beat up until the final bell rang at the AT&T Stadium in Texas.
“I can not imagine that I defeat anyone this significant and this robust,” Pacquiao said submit-struggle.
“I advised the referee, `Look at his eyes, search at his cuts. I did not want to destruction him permanently. That’s not what boxing is about.”
10 years later on, Margarito admitted he should’ve enable his corner toss in the towel soon after observing his career slash brief since of the injuries he endured at the fingers of Pacquiao.
“The real truth was that they described that to me, when I went back again to the corner, that [my face] was incredibly bad and I advised them not to prevent the combat, I hoped I could capture him,” he instructed ESPN in 2020.
“I assume it was in spherical 7 that I nailed him with a hook down to the physique and put him in a terrible way… even Pacquiao himself outlined it.
“But they did notify me that maybe it was time to stop it and I didn’t want to simply because I was hoping to catch him with a punch, but I was genuinely erroneous.”
Margarito fought Miguel Cotto 13 months later, but his eye still hadn’t completely healed and it finished up costing him as the referee waved off their battle at the commence of round 10 for the reason that it was swollen shut.
The 45-year-previous retired for 4 several years prior to returning in 2016.
Margarito picked up two wins right before dealing with Carson Jones in what turned out to be a seven-round slugfest thanks to a slash opening up on his deal with early on in the battle.
The Mexican got a technological determination victory when the bout was identified as off because of to the gash prior to choosing to retire from fighting for fantastic.
Pacquiao fought 15 additional situations right before strolling absent from boxing in 2021.