There is one word that describes what took place at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on Dec. 8: wow.
After another six rounds of action, an epic battle ended in a brutal, but thrilling KO victory for Juan Manuel Marquez over Manny Pacquiao. Pacquiao controlled the action in every moment of the fight—except two.
In boxing, all you need is one moment.
Though Marquez was giving a great effort, his shining moments came in the third and sixth rounds.
Here are the highlights:
In the first three minutes, Pacquiao's movement and speed seemed to befuddle Marquez. Straight left hands like this one helped to win him the round easily. Marquez seemed to be waiting to see what Pacquiao would bring to the table in this, their fourth meeting.
Pac-Man continued to take control of the tempo in this round. He was exhibiting more and more head movement, and Marquez had to resort to banging the body to land at all.
There were more straight left hands like this one to capture another round for Pacquiao.
In the third round everything changed. Pacquiao was again out-boxing Marquez, but towards the end of the round, this happened..
Pacquiao would get up, slam his gloves together, but from here on out, he abandoned the game plan he had been having success with.
Pacquiao regained control, but he had certainly increased the pressure. I gave the round to him, but now the fight was turning into another brawl.
I really thought Pacquiao was going to stop Marquez in this round. He dropped him with a hard left hand here:
Then he wobbled him badly, and possibly broke his nose on this combination.
Marquez was a bloody mess by the time the round came to an end.
Pacquiao was extremely active, but he had reverted to the all-offensive version of himself, and it cost him big time.
Fight Night Champion's Nearly Spot-On Prediction
Juan Manuel Marquez took the only decisive chapter in this most memorable four-fight series. While the EA Sports Fight Night Champion simulation I did may have seemed far-fetched, it is remarkable how accurate it turned out to be.
Check it out here:
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