I just recently sat down and scored both the Pacquiao-Marquez fights, from both 2004 and 2008.
In the first fight, I had Pacquiao winning by a narrow decision of 113-112. Strictly from a rounds standpoint, I believe that Marquez won at least seven rounds, possibly more, as some rounds were extremely close. However, Marquez was knocked down three times in the first round, making it virtually impossible to win without a knockout as you start out the fight trailing by four whole points on the scorecards.
Aside from the knockdowns though, Marquez got the better of Pacquiao. However, you can't take anything away from Manny, since he was able to knock Marquez off of his feet three times.
When Pacquiao and Marquez squared off for the second time in 2008, I watched the fight live. At the time, I thought Marquez won the fight, but that wasn't based off of round by round scoring, I simply felt he outfought Pacquiao and deserved the win.
But, after watching the fight again and scoring on a round by round basis, I had the fight an even 6-6 in terms of rounds scored. Although Pacquiao once again was able to edge out Marquez based on the 10-8 third round, in which Pacquiao scored a crucial knockdown.
Out of the 80 experts polled, 33 scored for Marquez, 38 for Pacquiao and nine had the fight at an even draw. I think those numbers reflect how truly close this fight was, and no one can really be criticized for scoring it for either fighter. It was just that close.
Overall between the two fights, I, as well as the official judges, have Marquez winning more rounds than Manny Pacquiao. But in the all important totals column, the four knockdowns that Pacquiao had scored have made all the difference. Hopefully their trilogy bout lives up to the excitement of the first two. I wouldn't be at all surprised to see a critical knockdown scored by Pacquiao, perhaps late in the fight, to be the deciding factor once the final bell rings.
What I really want to know is what do you guys think about their first two fights? Who do you think won fight one and fight two? The beauty of this rivalry is that there truly is now wrong answer, great arguments can be made for either fighter, a testament to how great this rivalry has become.