Morales, who appeared drained by making weight, was no match for the blinding speed and power of Pacquiao and suggested after the fight that "maybe it's time to think about not doing this anymore". If this was indeed his final fight, he has given fans many thrills during an action-packed 53-bout career.
Pacquiao, meanwhile, reaffirms his superstar status in the sport and merits attention from the broader sports-viewing public. Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport today but his dominance - and tendency to fight conservatively and cautiously - can produce one-sided bouts with little drama. Pacquiao's style, on the other hand, almost guarantees thrilling results. Next up for Pacquiao is - hopefully - a rematch with either Marco Antonio Barrera or Juan Manuel Marquez.
If you missed Pacquiao's performance against Morales, make sure to catch it when HBO replays it next weekend and stay tuned as the best is likely still to come from the most exciting fighter in boxing.