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Pacquiao wins eighth world title
Manny is the pound-for-pound king after Margarito demolition
Posted Nov 19, 2010 by John Casson
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It’s amazing when you watch two fights on the same night and they differ so much in terms of quality, entertainment and skill. But that’s exactly what we got on Saturday night when Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines beat Mexican Antonio Margarito in a thrilling battle.And battle is the right word to describe it. After watching Audley Harrison effectively run away from David Haye, it was inspiring to see Margarito keep coming forward and keep trying to land punches against the smaller yet supremely skilful Pacquiao.The fight was a breath of fresh air, an insight into what boxing could be if both fighters have the same desire but different skill sets. A glimpse, perhaps, at just why many consider Pacquiao to be the greatest pound-for-pound fighter of his generation.The little fighter-cum-politician was awesome. Although he got tagged with a few shots by the hard and weathered Mexican, Pacquiao delivered a masterclass to win another world title – his eighth is eight different weight classes.The Filipino man weighed in at 17lb less than his opponent but he made light work of this massive difference and set about his work in a manner few could.Shown live on Sky Sports HD1, this fight showed just how big a waste of money the Haye-Harrison fight was and if there’s one fighter on the planet who guarantees a box office draw, surely it has the be Pacquiao.His supreme talent has to be tested just once more before he can be called the best pound-for-pound. Pacquiao needs to fight Floyd Mayweather Jnr and fight him soon. Mayweather, unbeaten throughout his professional career, is considered to be better than Pacquiao by many and until this fight happens that debate will go on for a long time.It is the fight every boxing fan in the world wants to see and it is the fight that has to happen for the good of the sport.The only problem will be calling it. Every time I see Mayweather fight I think he’ll win and every time I see Pacquiao, my opinion shifts in his favour. All I know is that if the fight does go ahead in 2011 as everyone hopes, it will be one of the greatest ever and fight fans worldwide will be tuning in to see it.For now, after this demolition of Margarito – who needed eye surgery following the bout – opinions will favour Pacquiao and he will once again be considered the greatest pound-for-pound boxer in the world. And for now, that’s difficult to argue with.