*Saturday night in Dallas Manny Pacquiao – the fighting congressman from the Philippines – won a unanimous 12-round decision over Antonio Maragarito, giving him his eighth world title.
Despite concerns about his training and the significant size differential between him and his opponent, the smaller and quicker Pacquiao dominated the fight from start to finish.
The fight, held at the billion dollar Texas Stadium, was not without controversy however. The weight loss supplement Hydroxycut was discovered in Margarito’s dressing room before the match, but despite protests from Pacquiao, the fight was allowed to go on.
After the fight, Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said he thought Margarito trainer Robert Garcia “probably ruined” Margarito’s career by letting the bout continue. “I have a warrior,” Garcia answered.
Pacquiao said he wanted referee Cole to stop the bout in the 11th:
“I felt in my opponent’s eyes, his bloody face, [ref], ‘Take a look.’ In the 12th round, I was not looking for the knockout.”
Pacquiao also said he’ll “fight anyone, anywhere,” including Floyd Mayweather Jr. should he surface.