On the books, Pacman got himself another W in Vegas last night against Juan Manuel Marquez. But everyone didn’t necessarily agree with the judges on this one.
In fact, most in the sold-out crowd of 16,368, as well as quite a few on press row, thought he had lost.
Pacquiao took a majority decision, but seldom in boxing history has a fight this big ended with this much doubt and controversy.
The gutsy, effective opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico, who was given little chance and was sent off as anywhere from a 7-1 to 9-1 underdog, left the ring to raucous cheers, as he waved a huge sombrero.
It was a good 15 minutes after the fight ended before the crowd stopped booing and hissing.
To many, the pound-for-pound best boxer in the world was outboxed by Marquez, at 38 his senior by six years. Marquez not only stayed with Pacquiao in a heated pace for all 12 rounds, but he seemed to get the best of whatever flurries the two managed in their nonstop jiggling and dancing and feinting.
Seldom before in boxing has there been a scene where a highly popular champion gets booed loudly and raucously during his post-match interview. Nobody could hear a word of what he said, and nobody seemed to care. They had seen what they had seen.
Nacho Beristain, Marquez’s manager, called it “a robbery of the utmost.”
It was a night in which the last thing you wanted to be was a judge. The three who will take tons of heat on this one were Robert Hoyle, Dave Moretti and Glenn Trowbridge. Hoyle had it 114-114, Moretti 115-113 and Trowbridge 116-112, both for Pacquiao.
And so ended the controversial trilogy between the two. In 2004, Pacquiao knocked Marquez down three times in the first round and Marquez came firing back to get a draw. That’s the last semi-blemish on Pacquiao’s record. In that one, a much-forgotten element was that one of the judges scored the three-knockdown round 10-7 for Pacquiao, rather than the almost automatic 10-6. That one point would have erased much of the talk about this matchup.
In the next fight, in 2008, Pacquiao won a split decision by one point.
That was controversial too, but nothing near what this one may turn out to be.
Did y’all watch the fight? Who did you took it?