For starters, this one had not proven to be in a sense a David versus Goliath kind of fight. The champion of Gath is enormous in size with a coat weighing 5.5 kilos compared to the anointed but not yet ruling king of Judah and Israel and the smallest of the sons of Jesse the Bethlehemite. But the similarity ends there, and the “catchweight” may even obliterate such physical considerations to say it is like that ancient battle. That battle is a treasure trove of heavenly revelations especially those on the hunt for victory when the odds are overwhelmingly capsizing that it is a pity we often compare it whenever a horse and an elephant lock horns.
For one, the Philistine warrior had long list of things (those types which one may find in the “The Great Outdoors Festival” or maybe in magazines where the likes of Jeff Cooper write articles) to testiculate his gigantic body and arrogance. Then with ill- applied confidence comes forward posing a challenge that sent “a thousand warriors shaking in their armors”. Had Margarito capitalize on his size similarly? Pity for him he did not, and that is evident right in the first round where he should have impose fear on the “no- fear” champion of Pinoys. Fear was Margarito’s only chance of stopping the Pacman on his track and then fending him off at least mentally from pestering him with unending TKO potent combos. Instead, the “Tijuana Tornado”, the obvious Goliath of this fight, had contented himself in the first round with sloppy “triceps” action that the Pacman had fun matching in simultaneous fashion with “lightning like” ones, like he did David Diaz. The result was almost predictable. The lighter and the heavier punches will never impact at the same time. Galileo’s experiment does not apply here, ‘mano! The parameters are vastly different.
For Margarito to summon Pacman on his “office”, the ropes, he should have learned from his fellow boxer from Tijuana. El Terrible had already height advantage yet lunges forward as he gives Pacman doses of long straights giving no time for Pacman to realize he is going to be pinned. It was not a matter of hitting Pacman but making him feel you indeed have the power. Because if a Goliath- sized opponent hits a smaller opponent even in the undesired spots like the back of the forearms covering the head, it will certainly have desirable effects. It could have open for him some most sought after opportunities and could get into Pacman mentally.
One can only surmised that Margarito feared what Pacman can do. Such knowledge suppressed his hunger for redemption and confidence in the ring that was evident in that gratuity fight against Roberto Garcia. Top Rank’s Bob Arum had tried to level it up some in the prefight stages of the fight saying something like ” Margarito is in tremendous shape for the fight” as he gathered from one Bruce Trampler. With the evident lack of audacity and confidence to create situation most favorable for him during the fight, Margarito seemingly had not picked up from the Big Bob’s clue.
Well, there were few instances he was able to corner Pacman to the ropes like that in the fourth round but the punches were so sluggishly slow Pacquiao may have some time to scratch his head before positioning his forearms to parry the shot. Aside from lack of speed, the attack pucnhes too was suffering from low volume one close to mute. It would have help had he learned from the Cotto experience. The Puerto Rican managed some damage to Pacman evidently. And it was due to his eagerness to sacrifice for a shot, and that has got to be lots of them making Pacman unable to raise his hands. It looks innocent but is the most simple and economical parrying strategy for a slow, power laden punch. He simply positioned his forearms in the medial side of the punch not in front or lateral (outside) of it and the Margarito punch became utterly useless except if there was more of it. By the time Margarito had realize the need for it, Pacman had level up the defense. When Margarito drives to the ropes, Pacman ducks low and side- steps mostly to the right. Margarito tried to catch him with shots angled low which really looked fearsome, but after one or two of it Pacman is already out on the side. At which time, the tables are turned. It really showed another of Margarito’s lack that they seemed to have not addressed- footwork. I thought there is just no way he could catch Pacquiao if he can not adjust his stance just in time for the circling Pacquiao.
For a consolation, Margarito was not facing a merciless opponent preying on the beaten. What happened in the 11th really showed mush of what is in the fighting heart of Pacquiao, that is, when he glanced at the referee seemingly asking the third man to check Margarito whose eyes at this point remain in that less than useful condition it had been rendered into. In recognition of such, Margarito can not boast of having been able to stand Pacquiao’s power standing up to the finish as he was beaten much earlier. And that speaks shame no less than decapitation as the real David did to the real Goliath.
At this point that most of the names vying for the best pound for pound fighter had been vanquished in the ring and outside of it, many wonders what is next for Pacquiao. He alone holds the answer. He can go on in that endless cycle of fighting and training maybe to honor others in the team who would prefer him to stay retirement. But I would join those few who would prefer him to retire. If the 8th and 9th rounds of this fight is of any indication, he really should. Besides he is committed to the community that made him Congressman Manny Pacquiao.