Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez was dethrone of his WBC super featherweight championship title by Pacquiao last Saturday, March 15, 2008 in Las Vegas Nevada USA. The fight billed as the “Unfinished Business” ended in what could be seen as one of the worst unsettled matches that was decided on biased scoring system done by the panel of judges.
Marquez was beaten not by a knock-out but by the score cards of two judges. It was clear that the Mexican was the more aggressive fighter than Pacquiao. From the opening bell, Marquez showed his power and punching ability that almost baffled Pacquiao. The one-two punch combinations of Marquez countered Pacquiao’s powerful left.
Pacquiao unleashed his left in round three and floored Marquez, but that’s all Pacquiao could do. The following rounds were dominated by Marquez using his counter punching ability that often hits the face of Pacquiao with precision. The challenger looked dazed and he couldn’t break the defense of Marquez.
Marquez did not fall into the bait of Pacquiao to slug it out toe to toe; instead he boxed his way in where he hit the challenger with power shots to the face which shook the head of Pacquiao. The champion continued in his attack and applied his game plan not to succumb to Pacquiao’s hard hitting left.
And it seemed that Marquez limited the aggressiveness of Pacquiao. The challenger looked rusty compared to his previous fights where he is always on the attack mode, knocking every opponent that come by his way. Save for his brave stance, Pacquiao finished the 12 rounds.
Sport scribes and analysts were also disappointed on the outcome of the championship fight. They said that Marquez connected more punches than Pacquiao, who as they noticed was not in his best performance. They also questioned the decision of the two judges.
Apparently the two judges favored Pacquiao to save the boxer’s popularity and marketability. As a result the Marquez camp did not allow it to pass. Marquez’ promoter asked for a rematch which Marquez deserves. In a post fight press conference, the promoter offered Team Pacquiao a whooping $6 million for the rematch which Pacquiao accepted.