Round One: Both men look to be in great shape. Manny Pacquiao looks fine at lightweight. Pacquiao is busier. Diaz fights defensively. Pacquiao 10-9
Round Two: Big round for Pacquiao. Too much had speed for Diaz. Diaz lands a few punches but still very defensive. Pacquiao opens a cut on the bridge of Diaz' nose. Pacquiao 10-9
Round Three: Diaz has a good chin and it's getting tested. Pacquiao throwing lots of rights against the southpaw Diaz. Diaz lands the occasional body shot but not much else. Pacquiao 10-9
Round Four: Referee stops fight briefly to allow ring doctor to look at cut over Diaz' right eye. Cut is ruled the result of an accidental head butt. Huge speed advantage for Pacquiao. Diaz is showing little other than toughness and a sturdy chin. Swelling starts around Diaz' left eye. Pacquiao 10-9
Round Five: Diaz' grit and determination are impressive but Pacquiao's precision punching is making a mess of Diaz' face. Lots of blood coming from above the right eye of Diaz. His corner has their work cut out for them. Pacquiao 10-9
Round Six: Ref stops the action again to have the ring doctor examine the cut over Diaz' right eye. Diaz is not a one-punch knockout puncher so - unless Pacquiao completely runs out of gas - it's hard to imagine how he could possibly win the fight. Appears increasingly likely it may get stopped on cuts. Pacquiao 10-9
Round Seven: More of the same. Pacquiao is boxing beautifully. Diaz is one tough dude but he doesn't have the hand speed or power to make this fight competitive. Pacquiao 10-9
Round Eight: Diaz won't quit but referee is beginning to look for an excuse to stop the fight. If he doesn't, the corner of Diaz should consider doing the same. The shutout continues. Pacquiao 10-9
Round Nine: It's over! Pacquiao drops Diaz with a perfect left cross and Drakulich immediately stops the fight without a count. Time of the stoppage is 2:24.
Scoring: At the time of the stoppage, all three judges had Pacquiao way ahead in the fight: 80-72, 80-71 and 80-71.
Punch Stats: Total Punches: Pacquiao - 230 of 788 (29%); Diaz - 90 of 463 (19%). Total Jabs: Pacquiao - 50 of 298 (17%); Diaz - 31 of 144 (22%). Total Power Punches: Pacquiao - 180 of 490 (37%); Diaz - 59 of 319 (18%).
Post-Fight: Amazingly, Pacquiao has no visible nicks or swelling whatsoever. He gives Diaz credit for toughness and says he's surprised he lasted as long as he did. Pacquiao doesn't say who he wants to fight next but says he'll be ready to fight again in November. A fight with the winner of the Sept. 13 fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Joel Casamayor seems likely. A move up to junior welterweight to face Ricky Hatton has also been rumored. Pacquaio also gets credit for his much-improved English. He's already a rock star in his native Philippines. It's only a matter of time before he's a big star in the U.S. as well.
Diaz, offering no excuses, says he underestimated the hand speed of Pacquiao. He also set an unofficial HBO-PPV record by casually dropping the f bomb six times in his post-fight interview.