There may still be a fourth fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. This is due to the bitter ending to their third meeting in Las Vegas on November 12, 2011’s night which had promoter Bob Arum say he would use a rematch clause in the contract.
“I am going to try to make this rematch in May 2012. I am bound and determined to find a definitive winner once and for all,” Arum said.
That’s fine with Pacquiao. “I’m all for it,” he said further.
Pacquiao, a world champion in a record eight weight divisions, denied Marquez a title in a fourth division when he won the bout on a controversial majority decision. “The fans are fans of Marquez. I understand how they feel. But I blocked a lot of his punches. He’s a counter-puncher and he head-butted me a lot,” Pacquiao said about the crowd’s reaction to the result.
Marquez’s shouts that he was robbed again could set the stage for a fourth fight. “The second robbery of the two losses. This was the worst, we won with clearer punches,” Marquez said through a translator.
“What can I say? It was a real close fight,” Pacquiao’s trainer, Freddie Roach, said.
Pacquiao, considered the best boxer, pound-for-pound in the world, has been unable to make a deal for a mega-fight against Floyd Mayweather, but outside of Marquez he has dispatched most rivals in overpowering fashion.
Pacquiao retains his WBO welterweight title with a narrow and somewhat controversial points’ victory after two of the three Judges ruled in his favour. Below are the final score recorded from the fight.
Cagey opening round, won by Marquez, who lands a couple of glancing blows to the champion’s head and a handful of body shots. ‘Mex-i-co’ and ‘O-le’ echo around the Arena. Both men were very patient, but the last 10 seconds saw the two men go at it. Marquez won 10-9
Pacquiao had two good lefts and left uppercut from Marquez, big right and a body shot. Marquez landed him marginally with more shots and Pacquiao allowed Marquez to dictate from the counter. Pacquiao reluctance to come forward seems too cagey. Marquez won 10-9
Left uppercut from Marquez. Chants of ‘Mexico’, Marquez fans knew their man was on top. Body shot from Marquez. Good jabs from Marquez, then a fencing to the body. Left then great right hook from Pacquiao; the heat in the ring raised in the last few seconds as they trade. Pacquiao won 10-9
Left, right and then a big left from Pacquiao. Then another left from Pacquiao. Yet Marquez returns, landing a right hand and a body shot. Pacquiao was hunting him down more now, but Marquez lands with two right hands at the end of the round, Screams his delight at the end of the round. Pacquiao won 10-9
Crowd roars as left uppercut from Marquez lands. Mexican’s jab work well. Right hand from Marquez knocks Pacquiao off balance. Left uppercut, then a right hand, all great work from Marquez. Marquez won 10-9
The fight really came alive in this round. Left punches from Pacquiao and right punches from Marquez set the stage and then came two body shots from the Mexican. Pacquiao lands him a right hook, then a flurry of punches from Pacman; Marquez responded with two right punches. Pacqiuao won 10-9
Marquez winds up with his big right, then a left-right to send Pacquiao’s hair up in a shock. Good movement and counters from Marquez. Best round of the fight so far for Marquez, catching Pacman time and again with counters. Marquez won 10-9
Good right hand punches from Pacquiao followed by good left hand punches from Pacquiao, but Marquez was in control of the ring as he was moving brilliantly. Pacquiao was caught in the exchanges; looks like he is having an ‘off’ night. Marquez was commanding the show. Marquez won 10-9
Pacquiao seem not to find a way in. Pacquiao’s upped his attacks but was missing with lots of shots and was caught twice in exchanges. Marquez won 10-9
Good left punches from Pacquiao at the start of the round, then another. Marquez was getting tired at this point. Pacquiao looks stronger and was dominating. Marquez was on the defense. Pacquiao won 10-9
Body shot from Pacquiao, now in command but still sloppy work. Pacquiao was looking to land and have some success. Marquez looks like he was fighting to protect a lead. Pacquiao won 10-9
Two left punches from Pacquiao as he was looking for a way in and now was the aggressor. Marquez was countering less and good movement from Pacquiao lands him a couple of left hands. It was not a ferocious round, but Pacquiao had more punches. They exchanged heavily in the final twenty seconds. Pacquiao won 10-9