If Juan Manuel Marquez's vicious knockout of Manny Pacquiao taught us anything on Saturday night, it was that Pac-Man is clearly not all he's cracked up to be.
Having dropped two straight fights for the first time in his career, the 33-year-old boxer's legacy is deflating while his rival's has been confirmed. But the lessons this epic rematch teaches us extend beyond the ring.
Here are the biggest takeaways from the Pacquiao-Marquez IV post fight press conference.
Marquez Threw Perfect Punch
Manny Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, discussed the overhand right that floored his fighter late in the sixth round on Saturday night in a post-fight interview.
The biggest takeaway from Roach's comments is his belief that Pacquiao got too anxious and ultimately walked into a perfect punch from Marquez. And it's certainly hard to argue with Roach after watching the tape.
Manny Pacquiao can say it was a 'lucky punch' but coming from a master counter-puncher like JMM, Id say it was a 'perfect' one #BOXING— Steve Kim (@stevemaxboxing) December 11, 2012
Pacquiao let his hands down at a pivotal moment and Marquez utilized the best punch in his arsenal to counter the attack.
Patience Paid Off
After listening to Juan Manuel Marquez during the post-fight press conference, the biggest takeaway was that his patience and counter-punching ability was the difference in the fight.
Pacquiao actually connected on 94 punches during the fight compared to just the 52 Marquez connected on, but that statistic also points to Marquez's patience and ability to hang in the fight and wait for his counter-punching opportunities.
Marquez discussed the high volume of punches Pacquiao threw during the first six rounds, and mentioned that he was always anticipating his next counter move.
Although Marquez threw fewer punches than Pacquiao, he did attempt slightly more power punches than his rival, and in the end it was his 41st landed power punch of the match that put Pacquiao down for the count.
Clearly, Marquez's intent was to be patient, and it paid off for him on Saturday.
Dinamita Deserved to Win
Manny Pacquiao did not attend the immediate post-fight press conference on Saturday night. He was instead taken to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas to be evaluated according to ESPN's Dan Rafael.
Pacquiao checked out fine, and even offered some praise for Marquez (via Rafael):
I want to congratulate Juan Manuel. I have no excuses. It was a good fight and he deserved the victory. I think boxing fans who watched us were winners, too.
Pacquiao could have potentially announced Marquez's victory as a fluke or due in part to a lucky punch, but he didn't. And if Pacquiao believes that Marquez deserved the knockout win, then his fans must acknowledge it as well.
In a boxing rivalry that lacked a decisive outcome for nearly a decade, Marquez's much-deserved victory finally brings boxing fans some closure.
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