When In Manila, you’ll hear nothing but the sound of silence on the streets only about once or twice a year. No busy city traffic, no jeepneys honking their horns, no cops blowing their whistles and no lost souls wandering the alleys. The streets turn EMPTY whenever a Manny Pacquiao fight is on!
This time, it was the third time that Manny Pacquiao would go against Juan Manuel Marquez to finally silence the critics, and Marquez, who have never once stopped talking about the past two matches. In the first Pacquiao vs Marquez fight, it ended in a draw. The second Pacquiao – Marquez fight ended in a one point win by Pacquiao. Both times, each fighter still claiming that they had won the fight. 24 rounds and no clear winner.
Enter Pacquiao Marquez 3. Another twelve rounds to finally determine who is the true winner.
Experts and critics all chant how Pacquiao has gotten much better and that Marquez does not stand a chance. Even the gambling world turned their backs on Marquez and all expected Pacquiao to win as the betting odds turned 10-1 in favor of Pacquiao. Meaning that if you had bet a thousand dollars ($1,000.00) on Manny Pacquiao, you’d only win $100.
Finally, the Pacquiao Marquez bout came and went. Round 1, 2, 3, 4 and so on. It seemed that there was still no clear winner for this rivalry. It went all the way down to the last bell again. Another 12 rounds, and the winner…. Manny Pacquiao!
Many are now crying foul, saying the judges were blind and biased. Marquez seemed to land the stronger blows and at times seemed to control the bout. At one point you could hear Freddy Roach even tell Pacquiao that they were falling behind.
All that from the crowds point of view.
But from the judges’ point of view: : Scores were 114-114, 115-113, 116-112. Pacquiao by majority decision.
“Pacquiao has thrown 578 punches connecting 176 while Marquez had it 436 connecting 138. Pacquiao threw 304 jabs connecting 59 to Marquez’s 182 with 38 connects. Pacquiao threw 274 power punches connecting 117 while Marquez threw 254 with 100 connecting.” Philboxing.com
So from that point of view, it seems clear that Manny Pacquiao had indeed won the match. But will fans, and Juan Manuel Marquez, accept that?
We’ll just have to wait and see if this calls for yet another matchup between the two.
For now, congratulations Manny Pacman Pacquiao for another victory over Juan Manuel Marquez!
Who do you think won this fight?
‘Controversial’ Win for PacMan Pacquiao Over Marquez for the Third Time