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Pacquiao vs Margarito - a world class boxing contest
Posted Dec 28, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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There were two fights that stood out for me this year and they both happened in the latter part of 2010. Firstly, Manny Pacquiao’s war with Antonio Margarito and Amir Khan’s murderous encounter with Marcos Maidana earlier this month.
These two contests epitomised what boxing is all about and underlined the quality of fighters out there in the smaller categories. Let’s take a look back on both fights that lit up the calendar and gave fight fans the kind of action they crave and desire.
Let’s start with Pacquiao versus Margarito. This fight ended with an unanimous points win for the Filipino fighter who has won an incredible eight world titles at eight different weights – unofficially.
He is easily the most entertaining fighter on the planet at the minute and in my opinion there is only one fight left for him – the battle with Floyd Mayweather Jnr for the honour to be called the pound-for-pound king of this generation.
The light-middleweight fight with Mexican Margarito in Arlington, Texas was a fight to savour. It was on the same night as the thoroughly disappointing heavyweight world title fight between David Haye and Audley Harrison and gave fight fans 12 rounds of stunning action.
Pacquiao stepped up another weight class and was against a warrior who is hard and has a lot of power. Yet this didn’t phase him. The little Filipino was assured, he was in and out, he delivered combinations that rocked his opponent and he was class throughout. This one of his greatest fights ever.
And credit has to go to Margarito. He was getting caught with shots throughout but never once backed down, He kept coming forward, he kept throwing punches and he kept hunting down his opponent and this made for a remarkable contest. Both fighters deserve huge credit for their performances.
But it was Pacquiao that took the plaudits and rightly so. His skill and speed is insanely good and everytime I see him box I think he’ll easily beat Mayweather. But then I see Mayweather and I think that he’ll win. It really is so difficult to predict who would come out on top in that fight.
That is the fight the world wants to see and hopefully 2011 will be the year when terms are thrashed out and the fighters give the fans what they want. After all without the fans, these guys wouldn’t have the money or the reputations they do today. Come on, get it sorted.
Anyway, for me, this was the second best fight of year and tomorrow I will be looking at the fight of the year – Khan vs Maidana in Las Vegas.