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Marquez knocks out Pacquiao

2012-12-09 09:20

Las Vegas - A bloodied Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao with a right hand with one second left in the sixth round to win their welterweight fight Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

The 39-year-old Marquez sent Pacquiao face first to the canvas, giving him his first victory over the Filipino star in the fourth fight of their epic rivalry.

VIDEO: Manny Pacquiao hits the canvas

Marquez ended the fight with a overhand right that hit Pacquiao flush, sending Pacquiao down hard. Pacquiao landed under the ropes and lay there for a couple of minutes before getting up and returning to his corner.

The shocking ending stunned the crowd of 16 348 as Marquez had held his own in their first three fights but failed to get a victory and had never knocked down Pacquiao until Saturday night.

There was no title on the line but plenty of pride as four division champ Marquez showed he was willing to go toe-to-toe with Pacquiao even after getting knocked down in the fifth round of this fight.

He knocked Pacquiao down for the first time in 39 rounds between them in the third round with a right hook over the top.

But Pacquiao kept coming and Marquez appeared to be heading to his third defeat to Pacquiao after he was bloodied and knocked down in the fifth.

Pacquiao came out attacking from the opening bell throwing lefts over the top of Marquez's gloves.

Pacquiao was the aggressor early, landing a solid left halfway through the second that jolted Marquez.

By the time the sixth round started Marquez looked a bloody mess, bleeding from a cut over his nose and from the mouth.

The fighters set a blistering pace, making it look unlikely this fight would go the distance as their three previous fights had.

Both the third and fourth rounds ended with the boxers slugging it out in the centre of the ring.

AFP

Comments
  • Daniel Nunes - 2012-12-09 09:33

    considering he should have won the last 2 and only lost the 1st fight, id say justice has been served.

  • Ntsebele Gugushe - 2012-12-09 10:06

    Pacman must consider hanging his gloves before coming a laughing stock

  • magau.thomas - 2012-12-09 10:20

    Yaa that's nice but imis it. Good luke for Marquez well done u prove that u are very best

  • antsho - 2012-12-09 11:10

    One commentator jokingly said Pacquiao was tattooed by the two punches from Marquez! Awesome fight! Justice served, but more satisfying was the fact that Marquez did not leave it to the crooked judges!

  • johnny.potatoes61 - 2012-12-09 11:15

    That's the name of the game. One punch is all it takes.

  • sphamandla.s.ntshangase - 2012-12-09 11:35

    Marquez must challenge flody mayweather nower

  • sminx.r.mandla - 2012-12-09 11:40

    And this is what Mayweather has to fight against?? Dream on Pacman #43-0 TMT baby

  • henry.mayumbelo - 2012-12-09 13:15

    What a way for Marquez to confirm that he had actually won the last two fights. For a moment I thought Manny was dead.

  • simbongile.mvana - 2012-12-10 09:37

    It was painful to watch that fight, however justice served Marquez. I still beleive though that the third fight was awarded incorrectly.

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