“I got hit by a punch I didn’t see,” confessed by the first eight-division world champion Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao according to The Wall Street Journal report.
During the last second of the sixth round of the bout, the Filipino icon and “The Fighter of the Decade”, Manny Pacquiao was knocked out cold, face down after the underrated Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez launched his terribly jarring right punch to Pacquiao’s face. For a long yet quick seconds, the world was shocked unbelievably. The fall of the Filipino icon in the boxing ring stood out!
“I knew Manny could knock me out at any time. I threw the perfect punch,” Marquez commented. (The Wall Street Journal report)
Nobody expects the fall of Manny Pacquiao on this boxing bout tetralogy. However, everybody wants his or her hero stood out at the end of the game.
Probably for Mexicans, the bout was an apparent justification and a vindication for Marquez from Pacquiao camp’s long-standing claim. For some Filipinos, the fall maybe just fate. But for most of us who have eyes and conviction in witnessing the Pacquiao-Marquez fourth match, “the loser has to fall” while “the winner should stand tall or even take all.”
Now, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao has 54-5-2, 38 KOs in the world’s boxing record while Juan Manuel “Dinamita” Marquez has 55-6-1, 40 KOs.
Pacquiao-Marquez Tetralogy: A quick look at it before the Filipino icon’s fall
On May 8, 2004, the Pacquiao-Marquez first fight took place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas where the controversial decision — draw — marked the fight of both WBA and IBF Featherweight champions.
On March 15, 2008, a rematch was held, now, at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas where the Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao won by a split decision. This event made Pacquiao the “First Filipino and Asian Four-Division World Champion”.
On November 12, 2011, the third match of Pacquiao-Marquez happened in MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, and this time, Paquiao won via majority decision. Most of the crowd, during this bout when the results are being announced, were dissatisfied of the judges’ decision and booed Manny Pacquiao. A daily in New York wrote that Márquez “was robbed of a decision by judges who were either blind or corrupt.” (wikipedia)
On the contrary, Michael Woods of ESPN explained that Marquez “was not robbed” based on the Compubox stats that favored Manny Pacquiao. (wikipedia)
Lately, on December 8, 2012 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, the fourth fight of Pacquiao-Marquez thrilled the boxing world. This time, the Filipino icon lost to the Mexican fighter Juan Manuel Marquez by knock out — a terribly shocking feat that may either turn the boxing career of Pacquiao upside down or break the momentum of his confidence for another rematch.
Others may call this an end of Pacquiao-Marquez saga. Some may want for more. But as the boxing world continues unfolding heroes and icons, and as the pride and shortsighted understanding of what sportsmanship meant for to every boxer continue devouring them, then this saga will continue at any cost.
- Pacman vs Marquez 4: Why Marquez’s KO of Pacquiao Is Good for Boxing (bleacherreport.com)
- Pacquiao loses by knockout to Marquez (rappler.com)
- Manny Pacquiao believes Marquez ran from him last time – Boxing News (blogs.bettor.com)
- The punch that shocked Pacquiao (thelushsemantics.wordpress.com)
- Manny Pacquiao Injury: Updates on Pac-Man Following Marquez Fight (bleacherreport.com)
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