Juan Manuel Marquez Stops Manny Pacquiao in 6 Thrilling Rounds
By John Novoselac at ringside, Doghouse Boxing (Dec 9, 2012) Photo © German Villasenor, Doghouse Boxing
fans got the definitive ending they've been craving tonight in the epic
rivalry of Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao and Mexican icon Juan Manuel
Marquez. Meeting tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, over 20 pounds
north of their first meeting 8 years ago, Marquez battled ferociously to
stop Pacquiao at the end of the 6th round to win the WBO Champion of
the Decade strap in a welterweight contest. It was a heavily pro
Marquez crowd, and the Mexican fans in attendance would not leave
1 saw Pacquiao coming out aggressive looking to establish his position
as the dominant fighter. Both fighters measured each other out using
their jabs and foot movement. Pacquiao carried that plan into the
second stanza, and took the early lead on the judges score cards. Then
things got interesting.
halfway into the third round, Marquez unleashed a monster over hand
right that would haunt Pacquiao more than once. Pacquiao tasted the
canvas for the first time in years as a result, and came back with a
fury looking to regain his standing in the battle.
continued with a disciplined, measure pace into the fourth round. He
worked with patience, looking to maintain the momentum he gained with
the third round knock down. At this point Marquez appeared to have a
slight edge in the fight. The tide would eventually be in his favor in
more than appearances.
a minute into the fifth, a straight left hand of Pacquiao re-ignited
the fire of the Filipino fans in attendance and caused Marquez' glove to
touch the canvas, scoring a knockdown. Pacquiao sought to continue his
offensive siege and followed Marquez, finishing the end of the stanza
battering Marquez in 2 different corners. Control of the fight now
seemed to be in Pacquiao's favor. It wouldn't last much longer.
sixth round once again saw Pacquiao controlling the pace, being
aggressive, and scoring points. The same punch that sent him down on
his seat in the 3rd would be his ultimate undoing. As the 2 exchanged, a
counter over hand right hand crumpled the Filipino congress man face
first. He wouldn't make the count, as he was rendered unconscious. The
Mexican fans in attendance erupted with joy, while the Filipinos were
left with a look of sadness, as well as concern. The look on the face
of Manny's wife Jinkee was of outright terror. The Mexican fans have
never been happier, as beer rained down all over the arena.
official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of the 6th round. At the time,
Pacquiao was leading on all 3 judges score cards 47-46, who had all
scored the fight identically. Afterward, Pacquiao expressed desire for a
fifth fight, and made it clear he was not considering retirement. Is a
fifth fight in store? It's possible, you never know in boxing.
woeful under card saw Javier Fortuna move to 21-0, 15 KOs with a
feather weight win over Patrick Hyland, who dropped to 27-1, 12 KOs.
Miguel Vazquez defended his light weight IBF title and moved to 25-3,
10 KOs by defeating formerly undefeated Mercito Gesta, who dropped to
26-1-1, 14 KOs. Finally, rapper 50 Cent made his entrance on the boxing
scene as he was lowered in the ring and rapping to bring out his
fighter super feather weight Yuriorkis Gamboa, who picked up an interim
strap in defeating Michaal Farenas. Gambos moved to 22-0, 16 KOs, while
Farenas dropped to 34-4-4, 26 KOs.
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