Manny Pacquiao won another controversial decision as he retained his WBO welterweight title with a majority decision on Saturday night before a sold out crowd at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. The judges scored the fight, 116-112, 115-113, and 114-114. I scored the fight 115-113, Marquez.
Styles make fights and on Saturday night, the world found out that the style of Juan Manuel Marquez will always give Manny Pacquiao problems. Marquez fought a brilliant fight. He was able to neutralize Pacquiao’s speed and power. He fought at a distance, connected on 2-3 combinations, provided Pacquiao with different angles that made Pacquiao frustrated throughout the night. He connected the more clear shots. He rocked Pacquiao all night with those right shots to the face. Manny Pacquiao did not have any answers to Marquez counter punching style. Pacquiao’s frustration was seen by him going back to his old ways and trying to attack Marquez with his ferocious left hand. Every time he tried, he was met with Marquez’ right shots. Marquez made Pacquiao look like a one dimensional fighter. All the talk about Pacquiao becoming the more improved and complete fighter was not seen on Saturday night. Marquez made sure of that.
Towards the last couple of rounds, the crowd starting chanting, “Si Se Pudo,” (Yes We Could) a reference to indicate that Marquez was on his way to shocking the world. The last two rounds are questionable because people feel that Marquez was fighting very careful and should have been the aggressor in rounds 11 and 12. I agree, especially on the 11th round. I felt that he should have attacked Pacquiao more and taken a risk. I don’t believe that Marquez lost the last two rounds. I had Marquez losing the 11th and winning the 12th round.
The judges who scored this fight were terrible. I don’t know if they were influenced by the potential Pacquiao vs Mayweather fight or simply could not stomach Pacquiao losing. This fight was a clear indication on how corrupt the sport of Boxing has become. Juan Manuel Marquez clearly won this fight. This fight could have been scored a draw. But, a majority decision should have gone to Marquez and not Pacquiao. Manny won the fight but Marquez won the crowd. It was so bad that it was the first time that Pacquiao was booed and booed loudly. The fans were so upset at the final verdict that they started throwing objects towards the ring. It wasn’t just Marquez fans that saw him winning the fight but a lot of Pacquaio fans and several members of the media.
“This is the second robbery of the two that we had, and I think this was even more clear than the first,” Marquez said. “We won with the clearer punches. The audience protested because they saw us win again. I thought I got robbed. It happens again and again. I don’t know what else I can do to win.”
Marquez was so upset by the decision that he is thinking of possibly retiring after this fight. He will think about it with his team and his family. I hope he doesn’t retire. Marquez has a lot of boxing left in him.
Bob Arum, meanwhile, wants to stage a 4th fight between Pacquiao and Marquez. He wants to have the fight on May 5, 2012. That date is already taken by Mayweather who wants to fight against an unknown opponent. I don’t think Bob Arum would put Pacquiao against Mayweather on May 5th. The way Manny fought against Marquez, Floyd would knock him out.
If there is a 4th fight, will the fans buy it? After seeing the fans reaction on Saturday night, I don’t think so. A lot of fans feel that the only way Marquez can get the win is by knocking out Pacquiao. Personally, I would love to see them fight again because Marquez deserves it. He made his case that he was robbed from his previous fight. On paper, Marquez is 0-2-1 but in many fans eyes, the trilogy ends with a record of 1-1-1. A fourth fight would be a great fight but we will see if it happens.