Manny Pacquiao Loses Fight: Pac-Man's Legacy Destroyed by One Counter-Punch

Alex KayCorrespondent IDecember 9, 2012

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 08:  (L-R) Juan Manuel Marquez knocks down Manny Pacquiao in the third round during their welterweight bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on December 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Juan Manuel Marquez rewrote the book on Manny Pacquiao on Saturday night, knocking out his long-time rival and completely changing how history will perceive the Filipino pugilist.

After a draw in their first matchup and two straight controversial decisions handed to Pac-Man by the judges, Dynamita had grown sick and tired of his detractors saying that he wasn’t good enough to close out this feud with a victory.

The Mexican trained relentlessly in the months leading up to the fight and just needed one small window of opportunity to KO his opponent.

One nearly came in the third round, as Marquez was able to send Pacquiao to the mat, but watched as he rose, shook it off and came back stronger than ever. After a few more rounds, things weren’t looking great for Marquez (knocked down in the fifth). But he finally got a break in the sixth.

As Pacquiao aggressively pursued his foe, Dynamita dialed up a savage counter-punch that landed perfectly on Pac-Man’s face. It sent the world famous fighter to the canvas, and he was out cold for several minutes.

By finally achieving this feat, Marquez cemented his legacy as one of the great boxers of this generation, pushed Pac-Man a peg behind Floyd Mayweather in the conversation for greatest fighter of our time and almost insured that those two would never step into the ring.

The 39-year-old also exposed Pac-Man, who was given too much credit for his questionable decisions in their previous two bouts and not enough blame for the controversial decision against Timothy Bradley in his last outing.

There is now no question who came out on top, and that was Marquez. He absolutely ruined Pac-Man’s sterling reputation, a fitting payback after being on the receiving end of so many poor decisions against the Filipino.

History is certainly going to remember both these great fighters, but the gap between the two will not be nearly as large now that Marquez scored a critical KO in their fourth and possibly final bout.

Pac-Man had a chance to be remembered as one of the greatest ever, but now goes down as just the second best of our time.