Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) emphatically ended his rivalry with Manny Pacquiao (54-5, 38 KOs) by knocking out the eight-time time champion in the sixth round at the MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The fight was a physical roller-coaster with both boxers scoring knockdowns.
bout got off to a rip roaring start in the opening stanza. Pacquiao
came out punching. As promised, he was more aggressive. Marquez landed a
left to the body. Pacquiao countered with a lead left, but Marquez came
back with a right. Pacquiao landed another left near the end of the
In round two, Pacquiao kept working his jab. He went to
the body. Marquez landed his own combination. Pacquiao landed two hard
shots to the chin. Marquez landed a left hook to the side of Pacquiao.
His left hook earlier in the round knocked Pacquiao back.
33-year-old Pacquiao kept up his new found intensity in round three. He
was walking forward and bobbing his head. His left found Marquez. He
followed up with a combination down the middle. Marquez went back to the
body and came up with a huge right hand from Mexico that knocked
Pacquiao down. The Filipino icon got up and shook his head. Pacquaio
tried to answer back but couldn’t.
The fight settled down in
round four. Marquez, 39, connected with another hard right. Paquiao was
more reluctant to mix it up after the knockdown. He did come back with a
nice combination in the middle of the round. Marquez clipped the
Pacquiao chin again, but he took it well.
In round five,
Pacquiao landed a straight left that put Marquez down for a count of
three. Marquez was up quickly. He landed a huge right that Pacquiao some
how took. Another big right hurt Marquez badly. The four-time champion
wobbled backwards. Pacquiao connected with a left at the bell. Marquez
staggered to his corner.
Pacquiao kept landing his big left in
round six. His activity was dominating the round. With cuts around both
eyes, Marquez kept firing his home run shot. It wasn’t landing. (at
least not yet) Pacquiao connected with another left that knocked Marquez
into the ropes. As Pacquiao came in to end things, Marquez clobbered
him with a counter right.
Pacquiao, his whole body shaken by the blow, went down on his face.
He didn’t move as referee Kenny Bayless waved off the contest.
The time was 2:59 of round six.
“It was all about technique,” said Marquez in the ring after the fight with his followers.
Asked about what the future could hold, Marquez said, “We’ll talk to the family and see what happens”
Pacquiao, who was on the canvas for almost two minutes still looked stunned.
“I didn’t see his punch,” Pacquiao said. “I was so overconfident. I didn’t expect that punch”
Pacquiao talked about wanting to fight Marquez for a fifth time.
The bout was a Top Rank Promotion and HBO Pay Per View event.
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