I could not be more surprised with the result.
Marquez failed to beat Pac-Man in three fights, all of which went the distance. These two seemed as though their styles were conducive to lengthy, close fights, but Dinamita had other plans on Saturday.
Let's take a look at the expert analysis from around the country after Marquez's incredible victory.
Graham puts into context just how big this knockout is in the rivalry. It was a close one that I never expected would end like this.
After seeing the first three fights, I assumed that the fourth fight would be another stalemate, but one big punch from Marquez changed that.
Yet with one heat-seeking right hand on Saturday night, Marquez provided a definitive conclusion to a rivalry that spanned 42 rounds over seven years and three weight classes -- and lay waste to the white whale that had come to overshadow his nearly two decades of accomplishments in the hardest game.
Rosenthal decided to focus on what this means for Marquez.
As Rosenthal says, Marquez fought well but never beat Pac-Man in the first three fights. With a loss tonight (even another close one) he would have been the loser in the rivalry,
However, Dinamita came out and did what he had to do, taking the fight and the rivalry.
For Marquez, the result couldn’t have been sweeter. He fought his heart out and effectively in their previous three meetings only to come up short each time, fighting to a draw once and losing close decisions twice.
And the profoundly emphatic manner in which he got it done will go down as one of the most dramatic moments in boxing history, leaving no doubt whatsoever about the 39-year-old Mexican’s greatness. This will define him.
Saraceno paints the picture of Marquez as a hero, fighting through a broken nose and bloodied face to ultimately win the bout.
Covered in a mask of blood, the 39-year-old fighter blasted Pacquiao with a huge right hand with one second remaining in the sixth round to score a decisive knockout, the first time he defeated his Filipino adversary in four attempts.
Apparently it was a good thing that Marquez pulled off the knockout when he did. The judges were giving the fight to Pacquiao, but Marquez stole it back.
Judges all had it 47-46 for Pacquiao at time of stoppage— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) December 9, 2012
However, Pacquiao was fine, being released from the hospital after a negative CT scan.
Pacquiao back from the hospital. CT scan was negative and he is in his hotel suite.— Kevin Iole (@KevinI) December 9, 2012
Who is the better all-around fighter?
All in all it was a huge victory for Marquez. He was looked at as the underdog by just about everyone, with every betting line favoring Pacquiao.
However, Marquez somehow found a way to do the impossible: knockout Pacquiao.
In what was a thrilling fight that ended in an incredible way, Marquez walked out victorious to close out one of boxing's top rivalries.