Pacquiao Defeats Marquez by Controversial Majority Decision
While Floyd Mayweather Jr. is busy fighting arbitrary radio DJs about his record, Manny Pacquiao stepped into the ring last night with Juan Manuel Marquez for the third bout in their trilogy. If you're wired into Twitter or Facebook, you may have already heard that this great fight was over shadowed by a somewhat controversial decision in Pacquiao's favor. You could easily argue that Pacquiao should have lost against Marquez Saturday night in Las Vegas, and the fans in attendance proved that. Booing and beer tossing ensued as the crowed reacted to the majority decision in Pacquiao's favor whilst cheering Marquez for his efforts as he exited the ring. From a visual standpoint, Marquez appeared to have dominated the middle rounds by throwing off Pac-man's footwork and keeping him on the defense. Statistically speaking, Manny was the busier fighter -- landing 176 clean blows versus 138 for Marquez.
So was the fight fixed? No. Everyone knows that to beat the champ, you have to either knock him out or win in a convincing and dominating fashion. If you go toe-to-toe with him and leave any doubt, this is the most likely outcome to expect. Although Pacquiao retained his WBO Welterweight Title, he did indeed appear to be vulnerable. That must have Money Mayweather salivating. Mayweather has long avoided a clash between himself and Manny, but he may just be up to the task after watching last night's bout. Who could blame either of them for prolonging this dream card? The boxing world wants to see these two clash and a Marquez victory last night would have derailed the dream fight. This will possibly be the most epic boxing match of recent memory when it goes down—or at least the most heavily promoted. If last night's Manny Pacquiao shows up, Floyd may just retain his undefeated record.