Manny Pacquiao became the first boxer to win world titles in eight different weight classes as he took a 12-round uananimous decision over Antonio Margarito at Dallas Cowboys Stadium tonight to win the WBC super welterweight championship.
The judges had Pacquiao winning going away, 120-108, 119-109, and 118-110.
Pacquiao (52-3-2) dominated throughout, using his superior speed to offset Margarito’s height, weight and reach advantage. He hurt Margarito several times in the fight and nearly knocked him out in both the 10th and 11th rounds. Margarito, who dropped to 38-7, managed to stay upright, but he was unable to hurt the Filipino champion.
Controversy has once again found its way into Antonio Margarito’s dressing room as Manny Pacquiao’s trainer accused Margarito of using Ephedra, a banned stimulant, prior to entering the ring at Dallas Cowboys Stadium for their WBC super welterweight title fight tonight.
Roach was observing Margarito having his hands wrapped in the dressing room when one of Roach’s assistants noticed a bottle of a weight loss product that contains Ephedra.
Roach demanded Margarito be drug tested right then, but his request was denied by Texas boxing officials. Both fighters will be drug trested immediately after the fight. According to HBO, Margarito reportedly weighed 165 pounds prior to entering the ring after weighing in Friday at 150, the contracted catch weight. (Pacquiao came into the ring weighing 148).
Margarito was involved in an incident in January 2009 when his hand wraps were found to have hard plaster-like inserts within them. He was suspended by the California State Athletic Commission.
Despite the accusations, the fight went on as scheduled.