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Juan Manuel Marquez celebrates in the background as Pacquiao lies motionless from a knockout that occurred in Round 6 of their fourth fight.
Manny Pacquiao vowed to end his rivalry with Juan Manuel Marquez by way of knockout in a statement to the Philippine Star in the lead-up to their fourth contest against one another on Dec. 8.
He made good on his promise, but it was the Filipino hero that would be laid waste by the right hand of his Mexican rival rather than his own left.
Marquez, known as a great counter-puncher, timed Pacquiao with right hand after right hand, even knocking Pacquiao down once in Round 3, a shocking occurrence that would foreshadow the knockout in Round 6.
In one image of a momentarily comatose Pacquiao, millions of boxing fans saw not just a once seemingly invincible superstar rendered human, but they saw a superfight rendered useless.
Whatever money that could've been made from the long-desired fight between Floyd Mayweather and Pacquiao has now dwindled below the astronomical levels of 2009-2010 when the fight's hype was at its height.
This knockout also throws a monkey wrench in boxing fans' general disregard of underrated technician Marquez. Boxing fans were ready to disregard Marquez's chances after drawing with Pacquiao and losing two decisions.
But real analyst and fans knew Marquez always had Pacquiao's number in the previous fights, making each contest close enough to make each result a controversial decision. A victory was not out of his reach.
But the knockout surprised and exhilarated the millions who saw. Promoter Bob Arum said to TMZ that fans could be treated to a fifth fight.
But if the image of Pacquiao laid face down on the canvas is the final image of this storied rivalry—both fighters look closer to retirement than combat—then at least it ended with a bang.
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