Manny Pacquiao was taken to the limit today before escaping with a majority decision win over Juan Manuel Marquez in their welterweight title fight.
Pacquiao won on 2 scorecards, Judge Dave Moretti favored Pacquiao 115-113 and Glenn Trowbridge had Pacquiao winning 116-112. But judge Robert Hoyle had it a draw 114-114. It was a narrow escape for the Manny Pacquiao, who took as much punishment as he got over 12 rounds.
Pacquiao continued his remarkable run with the win, but it didn’t come easy. He had trouble all night finding his range while Marquez often moved and landed a counter right hand.
It was the third close fight between the two men, though this one was fought at 144 pounds instead of 125 as was their first fight seven years ago. That fight was a draw, while Pacquiao won a split decision in the second bout in 2008 at 130 pounds. And unlike the first two bouts, in which he had four knockdowns, Pacquiao was unable to get Marquez onto the floor.
Both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez fought like there was no tomorrow as they exchange punches throughout the fight. It was evident Pacquiao’s timing was off as he missed shots he could have landed. An apparent accidental head butt by Marquez in the 10th that escaped referee Tony Weeks’ eyes and failed to merit a point deduction that had Pacquiao’s left eye bleeding from the 10th on.
According to CompuBox, Pacquiao landed 176 of 578 punches. Marquez connected on 138 of 436 punches, preferring, as in his first two fights, to counter punches. Pacquiao had a 117-100 edge in power shots.
The win of Manny Pacquiao against Juan Manuel Marquez shocked most of the viewers especially Marquez fans. Some thought it was unfair and controversial decision. In the end, Pacquiao ended up with that cut delaying the post-fight conference with the media. Marquez’s right eye was partly closed.
In this fight Pacquiao earned a minimum $US22 million for the fight, while Marquez got $US5 million.