Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito

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"The Eighth Wonder of the World"
Pacquiao vs Margarito poster.jpg
Date November 13, 2010
Venue AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas, United States
Title(s) on the line WBC Super Welterweight Championship
Tale of the tape
Boxer Manny Pacquiao Antonio Margarito
Nickname Pac-Man Tijuana Tornado
Hometown Sarangani, Philippines San Diego, California, United States
Pre-fight record 51–3–2 (38 KO) 38–6–0 (27 KO)
Height 5 feet, 5.5 inches 5 feet, 11 inches
Weight 144.6 lbs (weigh-in) 150 lbs (weigh-in)
Recognition The Ring No. 1 ranked pound-for-pound
Seven-division World Champion (won nine world titles in seven different weight divisions)
Three-time Welterweight World Champion (WBC Super Welterweight International Title holder)
Pacquiao via unanimous decision

Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito, billed as The Eighth Wonder of the World, was a Super Welterweight fight for the WBC Super Welterweight championship. The bout was held on November 13, 2010, at AT&T Stadium, in Arlington, Texas, United States. The match was put together after the second negotiation for the long-awaited "superfight" between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. had failed. Pacquiao defeated Margarito by unanimous decision.


Despite his smaller size (5'5​12" vs Margarito's 5'11") and lower weight (148 lbs vs. Margarito's 165 lbs)[1] Pacquiao hammered Margarito with his superior speed and technique. Margarito sustained three cuts, prompting Pacquiao to ask the referee, Laurence Cole, to stop the fight.[2] Ringside commentators agreed as well that the fight should have been stopped.

The fight went the distance with Pacquiao winning via unanimous decision over Margarito. Pacquiao almost knocked out Margarito in the 4th round with a left hook to the body and in the 6th round Margarito connected a solid left hook to the body that sent Pacquiao into the ropes and almost down. Judges' scores were Juergen Langos 120–108, Glen Rick Crocker 118–110, and Oren Shellenberger 119–109 in favor of Pacquiao.[3] Pacquiao landed 474 out of 1069 punches (44%) while Margarito landed 229 out of 817 (28%). Out of those punches Pacquiao landed 411/713 power punches thrown (58%) while Margarito landed 135 out of 312 (43%).[4]

Due to his injuries, Margarito's post-fight interview was skipped and he was sent directly to the hospital after the fight.[2][5] Margarito had to undergo surgery as it was discovered that his right orbital bone had been fractured.[6]

In the post-fight interview, Pacquiao was asked if he held back during the last round, and Pacquiao said he just let the 3 minutes run out and that "Boxing is not for killing" (quote). Pacquiao also stated "I did not want to damage him permanently."[6] It would turn out, unfortunately, that the fight did leave permanent damage to the right eye of Margarito. This eye almost lost him his license to fight upon a medical inspection. During Margarito's next and final bout against Miguel Cotto, his eye suffered severe swelling and caused him to lose the bout via doctor/referee stoppage.

The fight generated 1.15 million buys and 64 million dollars in revenue and the attendance was 41,734.


Pacquiao defeated Margarito via unanimous decision (120–108, 118–110, 119–109).

Jones defeated Karass via majority decision (97–93, 95–94, 94–94).

Rigondeaux defeated Cordoba via split decision (117–109, 114–112, 112–114).

Rios defeated Lowther via TKO at 2:35 of fifth round.

Televised free[edit]

Marroquin defeated Dominguez via knockout at 1:27 of first round.

Benavidez defeated Mathis via knockout at 2:23 of third round.

  • Light Heavyweight bout: United States Mike Lee vs. United States Keith Debow

Lee defeated Debow via knockout at 1:33 of first round.

  • Light Welterweight bout: Mexico Oscar Meza vs. United States Jose Hernandez

Meza defeated Hernandez via unanimous decision (38–37, 38–37, 39–36).

Mepranum defeated Villarreal via split decision.

  • Lightweight bout: Philippines Juan Martin Elorde vs. Mexico Angel Rodriguez

Rodriguez defeated Elorde via unanimous decision (40–36, 40–36, 39–37).

Laurente defeated Holloway via unanimous decision (77–75, 79–73, 78–74).

International broadcasting[edit]


  1. ^ "Mayweather should keep dodging Pacquiao". Yahoo News. 
  2. ^ a b "Manny Pacquiao unanimous winner". ESPN. 
  3. ^ "Pacquiao batters bigger Margarito for 8th world title". GMA News. 
  4. ^ HBO PPV November 13, 2010: Manny Pacquiao vs. Antonio Margarito
  5. ^ Bishop, Greg (November 14, 2010). "Bruising Win by Pacquiao Pits Speed Over Size". New York Times. 
  6. ^ a b "Antonio Margarito to have surgery". ESPN. 
Preceded by
vs. Roberto Garcia
Antonio Margarito's bouts
November 13, 2010
Succeeded by
vs. Miguel Cotto
Preceded by
vs. Joshua Clottey
Manny Pacquiao's bouts
November 13, 2010
Succeeded by
vs. Shane Mosley