Manny Pacquiao won a majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez on Saturday night. However, thanks to Nacho Beristain, it’s hard for Pacquiao to celebrate that victory.
Ernesto Castellanos of notifight.com has reported what Beristain, Marquez’s famous trainer, had to say about the result.
In the 52 years that I've been in boxing, I've never seen a robbery like this. The three judges who issued the results are unworthy of being in this sport. We are studying the possibility that through our lawyers we are going to file a complaint with the court against the three judges, with the intention that they be separated from boxing for life. And also to explore the possibility that the same court could overturn the result. I think there is enough evidence to win the case.
He acts like he didn’t know his fighter would have to completely out-box “Pac-Man” to earn the WBO World Welterweight title belt. In a sport where there’s quite possibly bias toward the title-holder, why would you advise your boxer to hold back in the final round?
Honestly, Marquez wasn’t going to just be handed the title. He didn’t do enough to earn it. Bleacher Report’s Adam Hirshfield was very critical of the Marquez camp in his round-by-round breakdown of the fight.
Referring to Marquez, Hirshfield said the following.
But because of what his corner men were telling him—he thinks he's got it in the bag—Marquez is remaining very conservative, and perhaps too much so.
Who was the better fighter on Saturday?
If Beristain understands boxing as well as he claims to, why not usher your fighter to decisively finish the job? Apprehension will only irritate the judges, especially when the lack of aggression comes from the boxer seeking a title.
Instead of expressing his desire for another fight, Beristain immediately attacked the scoring of the fight in a similar fashion to how he did after their second encounter. At this point, he’s just the boy who cried wolf. His constant complaints lack any credibility because it’s his go-to move after every fight.
Here’s an idea: Help your fighter knock the champ out, thus avoiding any conflict after the fight.
Then again, maybe knocking Pacquiao out isn’t easy, as Beristain has himself said in the past.
That’s why he’s the champion.