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Manny Pacquiao Vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III: Fan Reaction
Aside from the three losses on the record of Manny Pacquiao, no fighter in the sport of boxing has given him a bigger challenge than Juan Manuel Marquez. When they stepped into the ring on Nov. 12, it was the third time these men competed with each other. When these two men first fought, it was a dramatic 12-round war that finished as a draw, with both men sending the other to the mat. The second time they fought, Pacquiao claimed a split decision victory.
Prior to the action, Michael Buffer gave a beautiful, emotional speech about the late-great Joe Frazier. Without Frazier, the sport of boxing may have never evolved to where it stands today with Pacquiao and the Klitschko brothers at the top.
At 53-3-2, Pacquiao was ready to set up a showdown with the undefeated Floyd Mayweather, but the 38-year-old Marquez wasn't ready to be pushed aside for "Money." It was weird to see Pacquiao have an opponent who could stand and trade punches with him without the fear of getting knocked out. Both men have the same talent level, and it showed.
The world title fight saw each man dominate rounds throughout the fight, with the ninth round being the most exciting. While the middle rounds saw high energy competition, this round stood out as then most compelling for the fans in attendance, as well as those watching at home.
As the HBO Boxing announcing crew mentioned, Marquez has his corner to blame for telling him he was winning the fight in the later rounds. As he took it easy, Pacquiao kept moving forward, earning him the majority decision victory over Marquez.
Marquez provided the first challenge for the champion since the last time these two legends battled. The crowd wasn't happy with the decision, but I scored it 116-112 for Pacquiao, as in my eyes, Marquez clearly didn't do enough to win, especially late.
When asked by Max Kellerman about the potential showdown with Mayweather, Pacquiao said, "Let's get it on." As a boxing fan, this is this biggest fight we could see happen aside from the Klitschko brothers settling who the greatest heavyweight in the world is. Since that won't likely happen, let's hope we can see Mayweather and Pacquiao in May 2012.
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Hobson Lopes has been a fan of boxing since he was a kid, watching the sport with his father.
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