Pacquiao beats Margarito – Wins 8th Title

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Manny “PacMan” Pacquiao wins his 8th title in eight weight divisions as he smothered Antonio Margarito with lefts and rights for twelve rounds. It was almost a one-sided fight with me thinking that it was a shutout performance by the PacMan as he succeeded to claim the vacant WBC Super Welterweight title with a 150-pound catchweight.

Pacquiao vs Margarito
Pacquiao vs Margarito

Pacquiao entered the ring at 148 lbs while the Tijuana Tornado had a 17-pound advantage at 165. The PacMan also gave up almost 5 inches in height and 6 inches in reach. But after the bell sounded for the first round, speed and skill dictated the tempo. And those were the factors that determined the outcome.

Manny used his footwork, head and lateral movements, and his superior speed. When Margarito stalked on him, flurry of punches would start to connect from everywhere. Manny landed a total of 474 punches against Margarito’s 229. Pacquiao even looked at referee Laurence Cole, later in the bout, asking him to stop the fight but Cole allowed it to go on. The Mexican had a cut under the right eye and was almost closed during the later rounds. I remembered Margarito, on HBO’s 24/7, saying that when Manny gets in the ring, he’d probably think, “What have I gotten myself into?“. Margarito could’ve been asking that himself after the first round.

Even though the Filipino dynamo dominated the fight, he had a hard time putting the Mexican down to the canvass. Margarito is really tough. He even smiled at Manny after a combination of punches landed on his face. Manny was quick to admit to his opponent’s toughness,

“I did my best,” Pacquiao said. “He’s strong. He’s a very tough fighter. I can’t believe [he took those punches].” – Yahoo! Sports

Congratulations Manny Pacquiao for this great win! And thank you for a very entertaining bout. God bless.

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Manny Pacquiao unleashed a barrage of punches, dominated, and ended the bout with a TKO over Miguel Cotto. The bout dubbed as “Firepower”, held at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, not only cemented the Pacman’s claim to the mythical pound-for-pound title but also made him the only boxer to hold seven titles in seven different weight classes as he captured the Puerto Rican’s WBO Welterweight title.

Manny Pacquiao

Manny Pacquiao

Pacquiao knocked down Cotto twice – in the third and fourth rounds. But Cotto, the warrior that he is, continued to fight using his jabs and left hooks. Pacman used Muhammad Ali’s rope-a-dope in the early rounds not to tire Cotto but to show that he can take his opponent’s punches. When Pacquiao started to follow their gameplan, things looked so easy for him. He landed combinations too fast for Cotto to see. The Puerto Rican didn’t have any answer to the lightning hand speed of Manny and started to backpedal in order to survive. And in the 55th second mark of the 12th round, referee Kenny Bayless halted the fight to save Cotto for more punishments he might receive.

Congratulations to both boxers for putting up a great fight. Congratulations to Miguel Cotto for showing a gallant stand in defending his title. Congratulations to Manny Pacquiao for fighting with all heart and courage.

Mabuhay, Manny Pacquiao!

Sources:
Yahoo! Sports
The Ring Magazine

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LA Lakers: NBA ’09 Champs

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Kobe Bryant and the LA Lakers captured the franchise’s 15th NBA title after they toppled the Orlando Magic in Game 5, 99-86. This is Kobe’s 4th title – his first without Shaquille O’ Neal.

Bryant  said that the can’t-win-without-Shaq talks annoyed him.

It was like Chinese water torture,” he said. “I would cringe every time. I was just like, it’s a challenge I’m just going to have to accept because there’s no way I’m going to argue it. You can say it until you’re blue in the face and rationalize it until you’re blue in the face, but it’s not going anywhere until you do something about it.

Kobe averaged 32.4 points per game and was named Finals MVP.

On the other hand, Phil Jackson also has broken the tie between him and Red Auerbach as winningest coach in finals history. He won six titles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls and now have four with the Lakers.

I’ll smoke the cigar tonight in memory of Red,” Jackson said. “He was a great guy.

Though Jackson and Bryant had a strained relationship and were briefly separated, it couldn’t be denied that they would be needing each other to attain their goals. Jackson now sees a different Kobe.

He’s learned how to become a leader in a way in which people want to follow him,” Jackson said. “That’s really important for him to have learned that because he knew that he had to give to get back in return, and so he’s become a giver rather than just a guy that a demanding leader. That’s been great for him and great to watch.

After the hard fought playoffs, the Lakers now have the title in their hands. After being humiliated in last year’s Game 6, they’ve redeemed themselves.

LA Lakers NBA 09 Champs

LA Lakers NBA '09 Champs

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Yahoo! Sports

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