Manny Pacquiao Vs Juan Manuel Marquez Las Vegas
November 13, 2011 by staff
Manny Pacquiao Vs Juan Manuel Marquez Las Vegas, The final words from Juan Manuel Marquez the night before he faced Manny Pacquiao for a third time were: “I just hope the judges give me a fair shake.’’ They didn’t.
A stunned and angry sold-out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena hollered angrily after it was announced that Pacquiao had been handed an improbable majority decision, beating Marquez for the second time under a cloud of suspicion.
The crowd booed lustily as it was announced that Glenn Trowbridge had scored the bout 116-112 for Pacquiao and Dave Moretti had it 115-113 for the WBO welterweight champion. The third judge, Robert Hoyle, had it a draw, 114-114. The Herald card scored the bout 117-112 for Marquez.
Marquez refused to speak to HBO’s broadcasters after the fight, storming out of the ring as the fans cheered. When Pacquiao tried to answer HBO’s questions, the crowd booed so lustily not a word of his could be heard. When they tried a second time, the boos cascaded down even louder, no one in the crowd interested in hearing from him as even Pacquiao hung his head in sadness.
The more HBO’s Max Kellerman persisted in trying to speak with him the louder the boos grew until the crowd began to chant, “Marquez! Marquez! Marquez!’’
If anyone wonders why boxing’s reputation is in such sad disrepair they need only watch the replay next week.
Marquez (52-6-1, 39 KOs) entered the ring first to thunderous cheers and a constant refrain of “Marquez! Marquez! Marquez!’’ Marquez lifted one arm in acknowledgement, but seemed utterly focused on the task at hand.
Pacquiao, in contrast, smiled widely as he walked through a sea of swimming lights as Survivor blasted out “Eye of the Tiger.’’ He finally emerged at just before midnight East Coast time, bouncing up and down as he walked toward the ring. Waiting for him swathed in a simple white towel and oddly surrounded by a mariachi band was Marquez, bouncing up and down with barely controlled fury.
Both opened the fight cautiously, peering in for openings but finding few and taking few risks to pry one open. Marquez landed several hard shots to the body, catching Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) as he tried to get inside but little damage was done in the first few rounds, although Marquez managed to get the better of it by outworking Pacquiao by what seemed to be a 2-to-1 ratio.
Pacquiao’s normally frenetic pace was not in evidence in the first third of the fight. He was not throwing freely and seemed to have trouble finding his distance. When he did get inside, Marquez peppered him several times with the right hand and then stepped away from Pacquiao’s fearsome left hook and out of harm’s way, with Pacquiao unable to figure out how to counter that approach.
As the fight wound into the middle rounds a familiar pattern began to emerge. Marquez was following the blueprint of Erik Morales, the last man to defeat Pacquiao six years ago. He was using his jab and straight right hand to stop Pacquiao’s charges and then either stepping to his left away from the champion or flurrying inside to the body and then tying him up or stepping away.
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