Last night Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez went to war for the third time. Unlike the first two fights in this series there were no knockdowns in this fight and the only blood came via a clash of heads. Simply put this fight lacked the intensity and action that made the previous fights classics.
As was the case in the prior 24 rounds, Juan Manuel Marquez was the more accurate puncher on Saturday night. He frustrated Pacquiao with perfectly timed counter punches and even stunned him on a few occasions.
Pacquiao was unable to tie punches together and instead was forced to settle for one or two big shots at a time. However, he was once again the busier fighter and threw nearly one hundred more punches than Marquez.
When it was over the judges were armed with the dubious task of picking a winner. Robert Hoyle had it 114-114 an even draw but was overruled by Dave Moretti and Glenn Trowbridge who favored Pacquiao by scores of 115-113 and 116-112.
The decision was met with harsh disapproval as the raucous crowd booed Manny Pacquiao during his post-fight interview. Pacquiao seemed a little annoyed at the crowd reaction and the questions of HBO analyst Max Kellerman. However, he seemed open to both a fourth fight with Marquez and a mega fight with Floyd Mayweather.
If Bob Arum has his way it would be a fourth fight with Marquez in the first half of next year. Controversy aside, it is a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao that makes the most sense. It seems impossible Arum would pass on a fight that figures to be the most lucrative in boxing history. Still, after a lackluster effort against Marquez one has to wonder if a Pacquiao and Mayweather has lost a bit of its luster.
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