November 13, 2010, was a huge night for the sport of boxing. It was the night that Manny Pacquiao won the WBC super welterweight title against Antonio Margarito.
There was huge expectation ahead of the fight with Pacquiao having become the scourge of all Mexican fighters and Margarito coming from a one-hit-knockout win over Miguel Cotto.
It was also a very special fight for the Filipino, as he faced a substantially heavier opponent, with a big card and who also made fun of Freddie Roach, Pacquiao‘s manager, who suffers from Parkinson‘s, during one of the press conferences to publicise the fight.
After that night and in an interview with Fight Hub TV, Pacquiao acknowledged that Margarito hit much harder than any other opponent he had faced until then.
Despite this, Pacquiao gave the Mexican a lesson, hitting him in the face again and again thanks to his greater speed, until he caused a dangerous fracture in the right eye socket, an injury that kept Margarito away from the ring for a long time and that finally, was one of the factors that accelerated his retirement.
On that night, Margarito ended up standing, with strong criticism of the referee for not having stopped the fight, because in the last rounds he was only able to try and defend himself from receiving more blows.
“When I beat Margarito, the commentators asked me if I would defend the title, I said no, I didn’t care if they left it to him,” Pac-Man recalled. “(His punch) is different. It was surprising that I survived that fight. I could take the punches, I could take the blows, but after the fight I could feel something, it was too much for me.”
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