CHICAGO (jGLi) – An unexpected wicked right straight from Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez was all that was needed to settle the controversies surrounding the three previous fights between Marquez and Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao to win by knockout their epic, non-title welterweight fourth bout at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday (Dec. 8) night.
The punch that 33-year-old Pacquiao admitted he never saw coming also saw the 39-year-old Marquez receiving the “Champion of the Decade” trophy courtesy of the World Boxing Organization. Marquez now improves his record to 55 (KO 40) wins; 6 losses; 1 draw while Pacquiao drops to 54 wins (38 knockouts, 16 decisions), 5 losses (3 knockouts, 2 decisions), 2 draws.
Pacquiao told HBO commentator Larry Merchant, “I did not see the punch. I was so overconfident that I got him. He is tough boxer. He is not easy to beat. That’s boxing. That’s sports.”
Pacquiao, who traded heavy punches with Marquez to live up to pre-fight hype that there would be no more fifth fight, was ahead 47-46 in all judges’ scorecards when the end came at 2:59 of the sixth round of the scheduled 12 rounds.
The lucky punch came right into the face of the Filipino southpaw, who was open, as he missed his right hook to Marquez. Pacquiao fell on his face on the canvass and remained motionless for several moments before ring medical staff helped him back on his seat. Pacquiao’s eyes were not focused correctly for several minutes after the bout.
“I knew Manny could knock me out at any time,” the bloodied Marquez said, “I threw the perfect punch.”
“I did my best. I was careless,” Pacquiao said, “I did not see his punch. I never expected the punch.”
Marquez decked Pacquiao in the third round with a right hand while Pacquiao returned the favor by knocking down Marquez in the fifth.
VINDICATION FOR MARQUEZ
It was a vindication for Marquez, who complained that he was the winner in all the previous three fights during the last eight years. They met for the first time in 2004 for the featherweight title. Marquez survived three early knockdowns to scrape out a draw. In 2008, they would meet again at 130 pounds. Pacquiao was awarded a split decision by the narrowest of margins as one judge gave the victory to Marquez, the second favored Pacquiao and the third gave it to Pacquiao by just one point. In 2011, Pacquiao won on a majority decision that was not popular to the crowd. Marquez believes he won that fight.
Pacquiao congratulated Marquez a few minutes after the bout by smiling and touching gloves with him.
When asked by Merchant if he wants to fight Marquez for the fifth time, Manny said, “Yes. It is a good fight. I thought I got him. I was starting to get overconfident because I thought I got him. Well, if they give us that chance, I will fight him again.”
Based on the , Manny landed a total of 68 out of 148 punches thrown or 46 percent while Marquez landed 41 out of 150 punches thrown or 27%.
Meanwhile, in a Spanish twit, Atty. Francisco Valcarcel, chairman of WBO based in Puerto Rico, congratulated Marquez for “your tenacity, courage and patriotic pride. You have virtues that are role models for everyone. Good for you. For Manny Pacquiao, I am very proud of you. You are noble in defeat. Fans will keep you in their hearts.”
MAYWEATHER SAYS MANNY SHOULD FOCUS ON BOXING
Undefeated champion Floyd Mayweather was quoted by fighthype.com as saying, "Marquez is a true champion, Manny Pacquiao is a true champion, both of them went out there and put on a good performance, and that's a good thing for the sport of boxing.
"I wish Pacquiao nothing but the best. I wish that he can bounce back and he can recoup from this. In the sport of boxing, you have to really dedicate yourself to your craft. I think he's got so many different things on the outside that he worries about, you know. But it was a good thing that he was able to come into the sport, you know, piggyback off my name, and get a bunch of endorsement deals and make a good living. That's a great thing."
As far as the mega-fight with the Filipino icon is concerned, Mayweather suggests the manner in which Pacquiao was knocked out probably means he has a lot more to think about, and a long way to go, before that fight is ever a possibility again.
"Pacquiao's focus should be trying to take a vacation, get his mind right, and get a few tune-up fights so he can bounce back.
"I'm not here to talk bad about Pacquiao. I feel bad for him, honestly. I really feel bad for him. There's a difference in the ways you can get knocked out. See, when a guy gets knocked out and he can get up, they sit him on his stool, they rub his back, he go home and ice himself, you know, he go to the hospital and get checked out and he's okay, that's one thing. But when you gotta wake a guy up with smelling salt and he got a concussion and he gotta go to the hospital over night, that's crucial. I mean, that's close to death."
Mayweather added, "Hopefully he's okay. My prayers go out to the Pacquiao family. I know he loves the sport of boxing, so hopefully he can bounce back." (email@example.com)
PACQUIAO DECKED ON THE 6th -- A vicious right straight by Mexican Champion Manuel Marquez put Filipino Champion Manny Pacquiao to sleep one second before the end of the sixth of the scheduled 12-rounder of the non-title welterweight bout awarding Marquez a knockout win last Saturday, Dec. 8, at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada in their fourth meeting. Manny did not see the “perfect punch” coming.
RIGHT STRAIGHT -- A right straight from Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez re-arranges the face of Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao in the third round of the scheduled 12-rounder of the non-title welterweight bout last Saturday, Dec. 8, at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas. Manny was knocked down in the round. Pacquiao also knocked down Marquez in the fifth round. (jGLiPhotograb by Joseph G. Lariosa on HBO/PPV footage)
MANNY FALLS ON HIS BACK -- Filipino champion Manny Pacquiao finds himself in an unfamiliar position when he caught the right hand of Mexican champion Juan Manuel Marquez in the first knockdown of the third of the scheduled 12-rounder of the welterweight non-title bout last Saturday, Dec. 8, at MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Marquez was awarded a knockout victory in the sixth round. (jGLiPhotograb by Joseph G. Lariosa on HBO/PPV footage)