(PHOTO AT LEFT - Manny Pacquiao, right, lands a punch against Antonio Margarito during the third round of their WBC light middleweight title boxing match Nov. 13 (Sunday in Manila) in Arlington, Texas. AP MANILA, Philippines]

MANILA, NOVEMBER 14, 2010 (STAR) 5:30 am Toronto time - Pacquiao brutalizes Margarito By Dino Maragay (The Philippine Star) Updated November 14, 2010 02:01 PM

 Manny Pacquiao's lightning-quick fists were more than enough to weather a tornado in Texas.

Pacquiao's blazing speed was too much for Antonio Margarito to handle as the Filipino icon stormed his way to a unanimous decision win to clinch the vacant WBC junior middleweight title - his eighth in as many weight divisions - at a packed Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

More than 40,000 fans trooped to the $1.2 billion stadium to witness Pacquiao brutalize Margarito with his usual spitfire combinations.

The fight, set at a catchweight of 150 pounds, ended up to be a one-sided match.

Pacquiao started out strong and threw combinations that puzzled the game Mexican.

By the fourth round, Margarito sported a shinder under the right eye that continued to swell throughout the fight.

Margarito proved to be a tough customer as advertised. The Mexican, enjoying a height and reach advantage, managed to pin Pacquiao to the ropes with some body shots from rounds six to eight.

The Filipino, however, retaliated each time and spinned his way out of trouble. By round 10, Margarito's right eye was closed, prompting the referee to consult the ringside physician, who decided to let the fight continue.

The three judges scored the fight lopsidedly for Pacquiao, 120-108, 118-110, and 119-109. had it a shutout for the Filipino, 12O-108.

"This was the hardest fight in my boxing career….I felt pity for him (in the last two rounds)," Pacquiao said in a post-fight interview.

With the win, Pacquiao has become the only boxer in history to clinch eight championships, having won linear and sanctioning organization titles at flyweight, junior featherweight, featherweight, super featherweight, lightweight, junior lightweight, welterweight and junior middleweight.

Aquino personally congratulates boxing icon Pacquiao on latest victory ( Updated November 14, 2010 05:57 PM Comments (0)

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) -- President Aquino congratulated Manny Pacquiao on winning his eighth world championship title, which Mr. Aquino managed to see, though in part, right after the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Declaration today.

Mr. Aquino told reporters in Yokohama, Japan, that he called Pacquiao to personally congratulate him and that the boxing champ would be paying a courtesy call on him when he returns to Manila.

From his final APEC-related engagement, Mr. Aquino reportedly went straight to the tactical operations room of the Presidential Security Group in his hotel to watch the remainder of the fight and was said to have clapped and cheered with others there, according to governmental sources here.

Herminio Coloma, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary, said that Pacquiao's win over Antonio Margarito -- a Mexican who is taller, heavier and had a longer reach -- shows what the Filipino can do to overcome adversity, through the use of concentration, speed, and knowledge.

Pacquiao, a boxing star-turned congressman in the Philippines, defeated Margarito at Cowboys Stadium in Texas, the United States today, claiming the World Boxing Council super welterweight crown, his eighth weight crown.

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