There’s already been so much drama in the back for this fight and it hasn’t even started yet. Team Margarito isn’t happy with Pacquiao’s hand wrap, ironically so and Team Pacquiao wants Margarito to take a drug test because they thought he took hydroxy-cut. All we saw was something that looked like spenda, but if Margarito is going to load his wraps, you probably want to know what he’s putting his his drink too. Supposedly, Margarito was drinking coffee too, which is odd because caffeine will dehydrate.
I’m not sure that I’m surprised about any of this. The Texas Athletic Commission refused to test Margarito before the fight and said they’ll do full analysis after the fight per Kevin Iole’s article. When Strikeforce was in Texas a few months ago, the Texas commission didn’t even drug test at all.
As Dusty Rhodes said one time, “If you play with dogs, they’ll b-b-b-b-b-b-bite-chya”. Team Pacquiao/Arum had to hold this fight in Texas because it was the one commission that would allow Margarito to get his boxing license back. The fact that they don’t do any pre-fight drug testing is eye opening, but I’m not sure what you can expect based on their history.
Nelly is now rapping live in front of a boxing audience. At least get LL Cool J to perform Mama Said Knock You Out if you want a rapper performing old songs. He also just did Just A Dream.
Antonio Margarito vs. Manny Pacquiao
The way Margarito stands it doesn’t seem like such a big height difference. Manny is standing right in front of him. He’s not moving in and out as much as I thought he would. Margarito is using his jab very well. Manny landed a nice straight left that’s the best shot of the round so far. He also landed a straight right. Margarito’s reflexes seem a bit slow.
Margarito is winning this round whenever he stays offensive. Once he stops punching, Pacquiao lands several shots. Manny is having more issues with Margarito’s strength and size here. He’s going to have to move more in and out and not allow Margarito to throw inside shots. It’s odd that he’s staying right in there. Margarito’s round.
Pacquiao’s doing a better job of landing first, but Margarito seems content with allowing him to land and be comfortable inside so that he can bully him. Margarito’s going to get hit a lot, and he’s betting that Pacquiao isn’t strong enough to put him out. He has to take some to give some. Much stronger round for Manny.
When Margarito gets inside, he needs to be more accurate because if not, Pacquiao tags him several times. Manny has already given him a big bruise that has turned into a cut underneath his right eye. Excellent round for Pacquiao. He was amazingly accurate and Margarito took a beating.