Juan Manuel Marquez (52-5-1, 38 KOs) is not the opponent that that most fight fans would like Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2, 38 knockouts) to be facing tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. But that doesn't mean that he's not a fighter capable of challenging Pacquiao and doing his part to deliver a thriller.
Tonight's Pacquiao-Marquez bout is the third meeting of these two experienced boxers. While the singing congressman from the Philippines holds a 1-0-1 advantage in this bouts, Marquez believes he was the better fighter in both meetings. In each fight, Pacquiao was able to register enough knockdowns to offset any advantage Marquez held in number of rounds won.
Despite his impressive performance in those fights, Marquez is the decided underdog. Pacquiao has evolved into an all-time great in recent years and is no longer the one-handed fighter that Marquez previously faced. Of course, Marquez is a renowned counterpuncher. Perhaps this time he hopes to be the one to produce a result against the run of play by way of a knockdown.
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|@ DanWetzel : Arum and Manny are both fine with a rematch. Mayweather will immediately go to back burner. This was a great fight|
Possibly wearing only a sombrero, a battered looking Marquez describes fight as robbery. He "looks" like he lost this fight right now.
Kellerman coaxes this message from Manny to Floyd Mayweather. He adds something, timidly, about "giving the people a good fight." Somehow, I don't think Floyd is as concerned about giving the people anything.
Manny's postfight interview is a no go because microphone is dead. As he talks all we hear is booing of pro-Marquez fans.
|@ DanWetzel : Marquez leaves to wild cheers. Manny being drowned out by boos as interview begins. Boxing baby!|
|@ sportspickle : 114-114, 115-113, 116-112. Boxing match or Big-12 football games?|
Marq 436Landed Pac 176
Pacquiao wins by majority decision. One judge had it even an the other two had it for Pacquiao. HBO crew agrees. Many will not. In hindsight, Marquez' corner may have cost him the fight by having him not fight the 12th. Terrible error.
|@ HBOboxing : That's the final bell. We really pity the judges on this one.|
Marquez celebrating as if win is foregon conclusion. Manny kneeling in his corner in prayer, sorrow.
Pac may have won that round due to conservatism by Marquez. Is that enough to get result?
Mouthguard falls out for a timeout. Did he spit it?
|@ RoFloESPN : Too close too call. I think whoever wins 12th rnd wins the fight. Nacho shouldn't say they're winning. It's close! #PacMarquez|
Only satisfying ending available. Marquez doing his best to avoid this, fighting at a distance.
Consensus is Marquez is ahead yet Lederman has Pac safely ahead.
Marquez lands a hard right late in 11th that may have won him the round.. and perhaps the fight? Marquez' corner is telling him that he is winning. Manny's corner dealing with that cut.
|@ jorgearangure : Prediction: Nobody will be satisfied with the official scoring on this fight.|
The fight is still there to be won. Judges could reasonably have this either way.
Replay shows it was Marquez's head that opened that cut on Manny.
Pacquiao has a deep cut above eye, Marquez has one eye badly swolllen, Finish to round could have won it for Pac.
Manny is bleeding above right eye, tapping it to signal head butt to ref. Fight slows as Manny seems distracted.
Manny comes after Marquez and hurts him. He just went to another level of aggression. A hard left opened up the floodgates for a moment. Manny gets that one, I think.
Still back and forth but Manny comes out better. Heating up...
Manny leading the dance around the ring, but Marquez has answers for all his questions.
Manny has shown skills, talent but Marquez seems to be in front. Of course, Harold Lederman has it 5-3 to Manny. So, there's that.
Overall punches landedPac 65
Marquez lands another big punch. Kellerman is referring to him as "the great Marquez."
|@ BRAND0NJENNINGS : Pacquiao is losing this fight.... But oh boy gon have knock him to win the fight....|
Manny just took some Steve Nash angles in and out of punching positions. But Marquez lands another right before round ends. That one surely goes to Marquez.