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Marquez Finally Finds Redemption, Scores a Spectacular 6th Round KO over Manny Pacquiao!

Marquez KOs Pacquiao

 

By. BrotherJR

Dec. 10, 2012

After 8 years, 3 thrilling fights, and 36 rounds of drama, Juan Manuel Marquez scored the most satisfying win of his career as he knocked out Manny Pacquiao at the 2:59 mark of the 6th round Saturday night at a sold out MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  Marquez (54-6-1, 40KO’s), frustrated by three previous bouts against Pacquiao that had resulted in a draw in May 2004, a split decision loss in March 2008, and a majority decision loss in November 2011, would not be denied and made sure to not leave in the hands of the judges, scoring one of the more stunning and dramatic knockouts of 2012 in what will go down as candidate for fight of the year.

After an even first two round, Marquez struck in the third knocking down Pacquiao at the 2:40 mark with a looping right hand.  Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KO’s) came back to life at the 1:07 mark round five sending Marquez down to the canvas courtesy of a left hand.  This was arguably the best round of the fight as both fighters went toe to toe.  Pacquaio struck again later on in that round and by the end of the round, Marquez was hurt and fighting on somewhat shaky legs.

However, things took a dramatic turnaround in round 6.  Pacquiao was dominating the round, landing combinations as Marquez was seemingly still recovering from the previous round.  Marquez however found his bearings as the round went along and with 10 seconds left in the round, he connected with a perfect counter right hand as Pacquiao was coming in that put Pacquiao to sleep sending the crowd into a frenzy.  Referee Kenny Bayless didn’t even bother to count as Pacquiao was out and Marquez rejoiced in victory.

The question now is what’s next for both Marquez and Pacquiao.  According to Bob Arum, promoter of Pacquiao and Marquez, he hinted a possibility of a fifth fight between the two.  At this point, a Pacquiao – Floyd Mayweather bout is out of the picture and not in the foreseeable future.  A possibility for Marquez could be a bout with Timothy Bradley who defeated Pacquiao by controversial decision this past June.  Another fight that would create buzz would be a showdown with former Lightweight champion Brandon Rios, who has recently moved up to Jr. Welterweight and is fresh off of an exciting stoppage over Mike Alvarado in October.  Rios was ringside for the bout and would love a fight with either Rios or Pacquiao.  You also have Danny Garcia, title holder at Jr. Welterweight (140lbs), but I don’t think that Garcia is ready for the likes of a Marquez right now.  At this point, biggest money fight for both for both Pacquiao and Marquez, would be for each to go at it again for a fifth time.

When Pacquiao-Marquez IV was announced a few months back, I was cynical and didn’t want  to see it.  Even though their previous three bouts were all competitive, exciting, and controversial, I had my fill of it.  I didn’t want to see these two future first ballot Hall of Famers go at it once again.  I wanted to see Pacquiao and Mayweather finally get it on (I know that its wishful thinking and a large part of that has to do with Bob Arum, yeah I said it).   Boy was I wrong and I couldn’t be so glad to be so wrong as what we saw was another great fight and one of the more sensational one punch knockouts that you’ll ever see.   In the end, Pacquiao tempted fate by facing Marquez again.  Juan Manuel, with the previous three bouts being controversial to many, had to get a victory and boy did he via a dramatic knockout.  What happened Saturday night was ultimately about redemption for Juan Manuel Marquez.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing both fighters retire.  They’ve done their bid for the sport and gave it their all.  Neither guy has anything to prove and left of with lasting memories for a lifetime.  However, if both Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao do indeed decide to face off again, I will be right there to watch, and so will everybody else.  Besides, both fighters are beyond their primes at this point as Pacquiao is 33 of age while Marquez is 39.  However, given what has occurred in their previous four fights, given the business of boxing, and given how much potential money that Pacquiao, and especially Marquez would make, it’s very likely that we will see these two warriors go at it again at some point in 2013.  And should they fight again, I’ll be right there watching and so will everybody else wondering what will happen next.

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December 10, 2012 - Posted by | Boxing | , , , ,

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