Below are video highlights of Manny Pacquiao's nasty domination of Antonio Margarito, courtesy HBO Sports and Yahoo! Sports. Pacquiao landed an unreal 53% of his power punches, carving Margarito up and turning his face into hamburger.
The display Pacquiao put on last night against such a massively bigger man cannot be overstated. Margarito is likely not quite in his prime anymore, but he was game. Margarito hit Manny with shots that going in, we would have thought would give Pacquiao some real problems. The trouble for Margarito is, they didn't trouble Manny much at all. Margarito told his corner at one point that Pacquiao couldn't hurt him, but then Margarito started getting hurt -- often. Pacquiao has placed himself above all other fighters at this point. I am not biased against Floyd Mayweather Jr.; though I don't agree with Mayweather's actions or his schedule sometimes, I take nothing away from Floyd. He's a great fighter, an incredible talent, and very special. But Manny Pacquiao has taken greatness in his era to a whole new level. Margarito is not a great fighter, but with the way he performed, he should have given Pacquiao some real trouble. He just didn't. Manny is proving immune to size disadvantages. It's impossible to ignore at this point that Manny Pacquiao is not just beating people, but retiring them or seriously changing the trajectory of their careers. His gameplans are flawless, his performances jaw-dropping, and somehow, he manages to seem like a better fighter almost every time out.
We're witnessing something truly special. The NBA can keep LeBron James. Manny Pacquiao is at this point the most amazing athlete in all of sports. I stand by that statement.