Pacquiao proved again that he is the world’s greatest fighter after he beats Juan Manuel Marquez securing his WBO welterweight title and earned another bragging rights for his boxing career.
The two fighters survived 12 rounds of boxing, a very close fight, which was witnessed by more than 16,000 in attendance and millions watching from around the world.
In the 12th Round, the most exciting round of the fight, Pacquiao lands two lefts, the first punches of consequence in the round. Marquez starting to back up a bit as Manny moved in. Four punch combo from Marquez, beautiful, none landed cleanly. Marquez's hands looking markedly slower than three rounds ago, the reality of being 38 sinking in. One minute left in this brilliant trilogy that's spanned 36 rounds and seven years. Referee Tony Weeks stops the action as Pacquiao's mouthguard falls out. Crowd jeers. Huge chants for Marquez, who throws four punches but can't do damage. Pacquiao moving forward with a big combo to end the fight. The final bell! And Marquez raises a fist to the fans. Climbs the turnbuckle and is carried around the ring. Pacquiao moves confidently back to his corner.
Michael Buffer announces the judges' scorecards: 114-114 first. Then 115-113 and 116-112 to the winner . And still the WBO welterweight champion is Manny Pacquiao, the recognized Pound-for-Pound Best Champion of the World.
Here are the Pacquiao-Marquez III fight results for the undercard bouts and main event in Saturday night, November 12, 2011 (Sunday morning - Manila Time) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
- Timothy Bradley def. Joel Casamayor via TKO (Round 8)
- Mike Alvarado def. Breidis Prescott via TKO (Round 10)
- Juan Carlos Burgos def. Luis Cruz via MD (95-95, 97-93, 98-92)
- (PHL) Dennis Laurente def. Ayi Bruce via KO (Round 7)
- (PHL) Fernando Lumacad def. Joseph Rios via UD (77-73, 77-74 & 78-72)
- Jose Benavidez def. Samuel Santana via UD (60-50, 60-50 & 60-50)
- Victor Pasillas def. Jose Garcia via UD (40-36, 40-36 & 40-36)
- Manny Pacquiao def. Juan Manuel Marquez via Majority Decision (Round 12)
For the record, with the win, Pacquiao improved his boxing record to 54 Wins, 3 Losses and 2 Draws, with 38 Wins by Knockouts in 59 fights, while Marquez slid down to 53 Wins, 6 Losses and 1 Draws, with 39 wins by KOs in 60 fights.
Congratulations Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao! You really made Filipinos proud!
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