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So many choices...even within this fight.
There was some tremendous debate over this award. Here are some of the highlights.
Zachary Alapi says hold it with all the Pacquiao-Marquez talk. It may be fight of the year, but round of the year? No:
I always find it difficult and maddening to remember which rounds stood out in a given year, but the last stanza of Martinez-Chavez immediately came to mind. Martinez, of course, had dominated the fight for 11 rounds, so the last frame saved what had been an utterly one-sided fight.
Chavez dropping Martinez so early in Round 12 made for high drama, and Martinez incredibly stood his ground and rallied after falling to the canvas.
Instead of holding, Martinez traded with Chavez, backing him up after Chavez appeared poised to score a stoppage.
Also, one can't help but notice the parallels between what Chavez nearly did and what his father did in the final round of his fight against Meldrick Taylor. To put it simply: 3 minutes of boxing has apparently justified Martinez-Chavez II.
Justin Tate on the other hand favored round six of the epic rematch:
Round six of Pacquiao-Marquez IV. In a round where Marquez's nose was bloodied and looking broken and Pacquiao was coming on strong to make up for the knockdown he received in Round three and to capitalize on what he hoped was a hurt Marquez from the knockdown in Round five, we saw a completely unexpected outcome when Marquez dropped Pacquiao facefirst to the canvas.
The knockout came after a series of exchanges that would leave the observer to think that Pacquiao was at least winning the round if not the fight thus far.
Briggs Seekins says right fight, wrong round:
I am tempted to think that there would be better choices in terms of back and forth action, since this round was all Pac.
But it was a huge momentum swing back in his direction and the way Marquez hung on at the end of the round is something pretty much no other fighter could have done.
Again, historical significance has to give this round the edge.