LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 12: (R-L) Manny Pacquiao throws a right to the head of Juan Manuel Marquez during the WBO world welterweight title fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on November 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Manny Pacquiao Escapes With Majority Decision Over Juan Manuel Marquez

Manny Pacquiao got all he could handle from Juan Manuel Marquez, but he escaped with a majority decision: 114-114, 115-113, 116-112.

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Pacquiao Vs. Marquez Results: Seven Points Separate Two Legends In Historic Trilogy

When Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez stepped into the ring in the MGM Grand on May 8, 2004 there was no one who anticipated it being the start of one of boxing's greatest rivalries. 36 rounds later, in the same building where it began, it closed with Manny Pacquiao's hand being raised after winning a narrow majority decision.

Amazingly, after those 36 rounds, it still feels somehow unfinished.

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After 108 minutes in the ring against each other over the span of seven and a half years only seven points separate these men on the official scorecards. The combined judges scores in the fights show Manny Pacquiao with 1024 points to Juan Manuel Marquez's 1017. It's absurd to even think about, for two men to have been so evenly matched at three different weights and at three different stages in their careers.

This is the beauty that should not be lost in the immediate moments after the fight. Watching a great boxing match is a visceral experience, one where we, the viewers, can lose ourselves in what we feel is unfolding. We develop an emotional connection to a man like Marquez as he does the unthinkable.

Juan Manuel Marquez. The warrior, the faded star, the over-the-hill over-his-weight legend who many felt was only put in this position out of necessity and a desire to end a still unfinished story in the career of cash cow Manny Pacquiao. He did not come into the ring to play opponent. Instead we watched and we reacted as he gave as good as he got; blasting boxing's now favorite son with right hands, digging in with body shots and not backing down as the trademark Pacquiao left hand landed flush.

Seeing the man written off by so many despite his previous successes put on yet another masterful performance and lose a tight decision can be tough. As we invest in the underdog seeing him doing what he has no business doing, watching him lose "only" because three judges say so can be an emotional shot to the gut. It just feels wrong and, even if the decision is justifiable, we feel cheated.

I am in the crowd who saw the fight for Marquez, giving him the fight 115-113. But it was a close fight with many rounds that could have been scored either way depending on if you favored Pacquiao's aggression and left hand or Marquez's counterpunching and solid right straights.

Pacquiao vs. Marquez III: Full Round-by-Round Results

No, it doesn't feel right that Marquez gave thirty-six rounds of the best he had across three brilliant fights and has two losses and a draw to show for it. But it still wasn't truly wrong. This fight, like the fist two, was simply too close to call a robbery.

Rather than dwell on the scorecards, I'm going to choose to remember that I was privileged to see these two men face each other on three separate occasions and remind me of what happens when two of the true elite agree to go to war. The memories of the Pacquiao vs. Marquez trilogy are to be cherished. The highs and lows for each fighter over thirty-six rounds something worthy of reverence.

The only true loser coming out of this fight is the man who fails to appreciate that a trilogy which will be talked about in boxing circles forever came to a close this night and the best of what happens between the bells was on display for all 36 rounds, all 108 minutes and the seven points over seven years that separated two legends.


Pacquiao Vs. Marquez - Manny Pacquiao Wins Majority Decision In Great Fight

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez will forever be tied in boxing history as incredible opponents who brought out the best in each other in three amazing fights. Pacquiao won tonight's fight by majority decision with one judge scoring it 114-114 and the other judges seeing it 115-113 and 116-112 for Pacquiao. The crowd booed very loudly at the decision and booed during the in-ring interview with Pacquiao after the bout.

Myself, Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook, Steve Kim of MaxBoxing and Eric Raskin of Grantland all scored the fight for Marquez very close, but there were many, many close rounds throughout the bout and it's hard to get upset over Pacquiao winning the bout.

In the end it was Pacquiao's aggression that did more to impress the official judges -- and those are the ones that matter.

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Marquez was not expected by most to be able to compete with Pacquiao in 2011. He was going up in weight to a spot where he looked awful against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and was now 38 years old to Pacquiao's legitimate size and 32 years of age.

Instead we were reminded why Marquez is one of the best fighters of his generation as he fought his heart out, gave Pacquiao everything he could handle for the third straight time and took him to his absolute limits.

Pacquiao had no quit in him and in the end he was able to come forward and throw his left hand with enough effectiveness that it kept Marquez from ever running away with the fight.

One of the biggest factors during the fight was the late rounds when Marquez's trainer told him he had a big lead, which led to Juan taking his foot off the gas and giving up a few rounds to Pacquiao's aggression.

We will have much, much more on this fight tonight and tomorrow as we deal with the fallout as well as dig deep into examining this fight.

Follow our coverage of Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3 here at MMA Nation and at our boxing blog Bad Left Hook.


Pacquiao Vs. Marquez: Live Streaming Video Of Undercard 7 P.M. ET

Yahoo! Sports is providing live streaming undercard action before the pay-per-view broadcast for Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez gets under way. The stream should start around 7 p.m. ET and last until the pay-per-view broadcast of the main card kicks off at 9 p.m. ET.

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Here's the video:

There are four fights scheduled for the stream. Jose Benavidez, Jr. is in action on the undercard. Benavidez has been called the best prospect in boxing by Bad Left Hook. He will face Samuel Santana in one of the featured undercard scraps.

Other fights scheduled for the stream include Dennis Laurente (40-4-5, 21 KO) vs Ayi Bruce (20-4, 12 KO), Fernando Lumacad (24-3-3, 11 KO) vs Joseph Rios (10-5-2, 4 KO), and Victor Pasillas (4-2, 2 KO) vs Jose Garcia (0-3, 0 KO).

We will have full coverage of the pay-per-view broadcast once the main card kicks off.

Follow our coverage of Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3 here at MMA Nation and at our boxing blog Bad Left Hook.


Pacquiao Vs. Marquez Weigh-Ins: Pacquiao At 143 Pounds For HBO PPV Bout

Manny Pacquiao is looking to finally close the Juan Manuel Marquez chapter of his career Saturday night on HBO pay-per-view. Pacquiao has a win and a draw against Marquez in his career but both decisions were very close and many scored the bout for Marquez.

In Las Vegas the two men hit the scales to make the bout official. The official weight limit was a 144 pound catchweight despite Pacquiao's welterweight (147 pound) title being on the line.

Manny Pacquiao checked in at 143 pounds.

He looked very muscular as usual and the reports that he was under weight last night did not appear to be an issue of poor health. He did not look drained one bit despite being under the 144 pound limit.

Both Pacquiao and Marquez looked in great shape and hopefully that translates into a great fight.

Follow our coverage of Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3 here at MMA Nation and at our boxing blog Bad Left Hook.


Pacquiao Vs. Marquez Weigh-Ins: Marquez Weighs In At 142 Pounds

Juan Manuel Marquez will be stepping up in weight considerably to take on Manny Pacquiao for the third time in his career. Marquez, the lightweight king, has battled Pacquiao to a hotly disputed draw and a split decision loss in their first two meetings. Many observers, including myself, scored the first two bouts for Marquez.

In Las Vegas the two men hit the scales to make the bout official. The official weight limit was a 144 pound catchweight despite Pacquiao's welterweight (147 pound) title being on the line.

Marquez's official weight was 142 pounds.

He looked much better at the weight than his previous welterweight attempt against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. when he looked somewhat unhealthy at the higher weight. Marquez was very muscular and healthy looking. We'll see what that means tomorrow night.

Follow our coverage of Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3 here at MMA Nation and at our boxing blog Bad Left Hook.


Pacquiao Vs. Marquez: Live Weigh-In Video At 6 P.M. ET

Tomorrow night Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez face each other for the third time in their careers. The men battled to a draw in the first bout with Pacquiao taking a controversial split decision victory in the rematch. Before they can face each other in the ring on HBO pay-per-view they have to step on the scales to make it official as they aim for the 144 pound weight limit.

We'll bring you live weigh-in updates and results and you'll also be able to watch the video of the fighters stepping on the scales right here at SB Nation. The weigh-ins will start at 6 p.m. and are also airing live on HBO for those who don't want to watch on their browser.


We'll have much more on the fight over the coming days.

Follow our coverage of Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3 here at MMA Nation and at our boxing blog Bad Left Hook.


Pacquiao Vs. Marquez: Fight Preview and Prediction

Saturday night will see Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez fight for the third time in their careers. The first bout was a draw in 2004 and Pacquiao took a very close split decision in 2008. Since that time, Pacquiao has become the pound-for-pound king in the sport of boxing while Marquez cemented himself as boxing's top lightweight.

Let's break down the fighters and see how this fight shapes up:

The Fighters

Manny Pacquiao
Last 5 Fights: 

  • May 07, 2011 - W (Decision) vs. Shane Mosley
  • November 13, 2010 - W (Decision) vs. Antonio Margarito
  • March 13, 2010 - W (Decision) vs. Joshua Clottey
  • November 14, 2009 - W (TKO - 12) vs. Miguel Angel Cotto
  • May 02, 2009 - W (KO - 2) vs. Ricky Hatton

Strengths: Manny Pacquiao is a rare combination of skills, abilities and hard-work that combine to create a near perfect fighter. Pacquiao is very physically strong, even at welterweight, for a guy who started his career out as a light flyweight. It is also very useful strength, completely functional in fights. A large portion of his weight is in his legs, the point at which a boxer's power punching starts and this has translated into his ability to melt bigger men as he has steadily moved up in weight.

Pacquiao also has very quick hands and the ability to throw combinations with speed and accuracy. Unlike rival Floyd Mayweather, Jr., Manny has kept busy and at age 32 he shouldn't be near any sort of sudden athletic decline. 

Weaknesses: Manny doesn't have many weaknesses but there are moments where he almost seems to get bored and look for a real "fight" to develop. In those moments he gets a little careless. It's hard to see him getting so careless at welterweight against Marquez that he'd get hurt though. There have been times in Pacquiao's career where he falls in love with looking for the straight left, but as he matured as a fighter under the direction of Freddie Roach he has made the transition to a two handed fighter.

Juan Manuel Marquez
Last 5 Fights:

  • July 16, 2011 - W (KO - 1) vs. Likar Ramos
  • November 27, 2010 - W (TKO - 9) vs. Michael Katsidis
  • July 31, 2010 - W (Decision) vs. Juan Diaz
  • September 19, 2009 - L (Decision) vs. Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
  • February 28, 2009 - W (TKO - 9) Juan Diaz

Strengths: Marquez is an expert counterfighter. When he is in his element he is working off his opponents' attacks with stinging counters. He has the ability to counter with both hands and has a very good sense of body positioning. Many fighters have balance issues in the counter game, that is not the case with Marquez. He also has the ability to drop his attack to the body very well, especially with lead hooks.

Marquez also has an intense competitive spirit. Most men would have been ready to look for a way out in the first Pacquiao fight after Manny scored three knockdowns in the first round. Marquez simply kept pushing and earned a draw in a fight many felt he came back to win. That is a certain kind of competitive spirit possessed by very few men. It should also be considered a strength that Juan has been in with Pacquiao twice already in his career, having a legitimate case for having won both fights.

Weaknesses: Juan Manuel Marquez is not a welterweight. He appears to be making the move up in weight this time with more success and strength than he had against Mayweather, but he still is not welterweight (the bout is at a catchweight of 144 instead of the 147 pound limit). If he looks anywhere near as sluggish as he did against Floyd, he will get knocked out by Manny.

Marquez is also 38 years old. He's not the prime age fighter that he was in the other Pacquiao bouts and the combination of age and size may just be too much.

The Fight

There's really only two ways this fight goes. Maybe Manny really is too big and Marquez too old to be competitive or Marquez simply is "that guy" in Manny's career.

I sat down this week and rewatched both of their first two meetings and I scored both for Marquez by narrow margins. If you're looking at the fight purely in terms of the physical it makes sense for Pacquiao to be such a heavy favorite, it's when you get into the mental that you can see ways that Marquez can find an edge.

The fact that Juan has been in with Manny twice and arguably won both fights makes for a very interesting dynamic. As opposed to a fight where a fighter thinks that he can beat an elite guy, Marquez knows that he can. Just as important as his masterful boxing is this mental part of the game. He isn't going to come out afraid, he's going to come out to win.

The fact that Marquez will be fighting to win should make for one of the most entertaining "big fights" in some time, even if it is a resounding Pacquiao win. These two men are going to fight, and that should be fun to watch.

The Prediction

While I scored the first two bouts for Marquez, it's just too hard to pick him to win this fight. 38 years old and at welterweight is not the Juan Manuel Marquez that has proven himself one of the best boxers of the past 20 years. Pacquiao is in his prime, is comfortable at the weight and has developed into a two handed boxer of much higher skill than in the first two bouts.

While I do believe it will be an exciting fight and I do think Marquez will win a round or two, it should still be a fairly comfortable Pacquiao decision. I think Manny may score a knockdown or two but I think Marquez will get to the finishing line.

Manny Pacquiao by unanimous decision.

Follow our coverage of Pacquiao vs. Marquez 3 here at MMA Nation and at our boxing blog Bad Left Hook.


Pacquiao Vs. Marquez: Breaking Down The Undercard With Bad Left Hook's Scott Christ

Saturday night will see Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez step into the ring on HBO pay-per-view to face each other for a third time. While that is the bout that will sell the PPV to the masses, there are three undercard bouts that will also be shown. Scott Christ of Bad Left Hook, one of the best boxing writers on the planet, takes the time to talk to me about those undercard bouts. You can follow all of his updates on Pacquiao vs. Marquez at Bad Left Hook.

Brent Brookhouse: The biggest name on the undercard both in terms of overall ranking and notoriety is Timothy Bradley. Bradley faces Joel Casamayor in the featured undercard bout. Now, as a guy who was a big Casamayor fan when Joel was in his prime, this fight still seems like a waste to me. I also get the impression that it's not exactly the kind of bout the boxing media has jumped behind as a legitimate bout for a show of this cost and importance. Is that fair? Is this a legitimate bout in any way?

Scott Christ: Casamayor is 40 years old and hasn't looked good in a fight since losing his lightweight championship to Juan Manuel Marquez in 2008, which was the first (and to date only) time that the Cuban has been stopped. It's fair to look at the fight as a serious mismatch in 2011. Casamayor has recently struggled against club fighters, and was routed by Robert Guerrero in 2010. Joel is fighting for money at this point, and has lost all of what made him one of the great overlooked fighters of his generation. Bradley, on the other hand, is 28 years old and in the prime of his career, and is making his debut under the Top Rank banner. But it's also a curious fight, as Casamayor can ugly up 10 rounds like nobody's business, and Bradley isn't known for being a particularly exciting fighter to begin with. Top Rank is pushing the fight as something legitimate, but it really isn't. They're hoping most haven't seen Casamayor in a few years, or don't even know or care who he is in the first place. And it runs the risk of sucking the life out of the arena if it winds up as bad as it could be.

Brent Brookhouse: Is this a disappointment for Bradley? After having HBO dump a lot of money into and making big commitments with his fight with Devon Alexander in January, this seems like a major step back. Yes, he's now with Top Rank, but wouldn't the hope coming off of a fight that was supposed to be so big and have such importance be that Bradley would at least be continuing to headline HBO Championship Boxing cards, not fighting shot Cubans on undercards?

Scott Christ: The opinion of Timothy Bradley among a lot (not all, but a lot) of boxing fans took a pretty big hit this summer when he ducked out of an agreed-upon fight with Amir Khan, so I have to guess he's just happy being back in the ring at all. He's fought just two times since 2009, and neither fight was exactly memorable. To get himself on a Pacquiao card is big for him, in part because he's now believed by many to be the next likely opponent for Manny himself, should all go according to plan. That's not set in stone, but I think it makes his jump to Top Rank, and the promoter dispute that sidelined the Khan fight, worth it in the end, if it does indeed happen. Plus, Bradley never wanted the Alexander fight in the first place, because he didn't think it was that big of a fight. Turns out he was correct.

Scott Christ recaps the first Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez bout at Bad Left Hook

Brent Brookhouse: Speaking of Khan, the only man to ever beat him, Breidis Prescott, faces Mike Alvarado in another undercard bout. Prescott certainly didn't develop into a top level fighter after beating Khan and now it seems like he is on the card specifically as an opponent to the undefeated Alvarado. Is this a fair assessment?

Scott Christ: Top Rank is booking him as a semi-name opponent, hoping to juice whatever is left of Prescott's reputation from the Khan win , but they may have picked the wrong guy here for an Alvarado showcase. Prescott is very limited, but Alvarado likes to be aggressive and turn boxing matches into fights, and that's right up Prescott's alley. While Prescott certainly isn't a huge puncher, he does have legitimate power. And he's coming off of a fight in Belfast where he lost a debated, close to decision to hometown fighter Paul McCloskey, which I actually scored for Prescott. It was arguably, outside of the 54 seconds with Khan, the best performance of Prescott's career. Alvarado has wasted a lot of time in his career with outside the ring issues, and hasn't ever really been tested. Prescott could be a trap opponent.

Brent Brookhouse: So there's potential for that to at least be an entertaining fight then?

Scott Christ: If Alvarado doesn't play it safe, it could turn out to be a pretty fun fight. Prescott's biggest flaw is that he's not consistent in any given fight, and tends to lose focus, which makes him dull more than you'd expect for a guy with his KO rate. He also loses his power after the first four rounds or so. But if Alvarado is aggressive, it could be entertaining. It's up to him to make the fight, though.

Scott Christ recaps the second Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez bout at Bad Left Hook

Brent Brookhouse: The other fight set to make the broadcast is Luis Cruz vs. Juan Carlos Bugos. I've only seen a little bit of each man this week as I prepared for the event and I'm sure what little bit I've seen is far more than most people who will be watching the show. Given that this bout has little to no name value, explain what people should expect.

Scott Christ: Expect a good fight with this one. When the Mayweather vs Ortiz card was announced, I said then that I felt that the opening fight (Josesito Lopez vs Jessie Vargas) would wind up the fight of the night, and it was. Those were the two most "unknown" guys on that show, and that's the situation you have here. It's a really good matchup of two young, talented fighters, plus you have the Puerto Rico (Cruz) vs Mexico (Burgos) thing in play, and that's always a great rivalry renewal in boxing. Cruz is 26 and has some upside, with a long 72" reach for the 130-pound division, but we've seen him struggle this year when he faced veteran spoiler Martin Honorio. That was his only real pro test. Burgos, 23, is a serious talent. His one loss was a good one, as he was competitive in Japan against Hozumi Hasegawa one year ago. Hasegawa is one of Japan's better fighters of the last decade, and I think his experience played a role in winning that fight. Cruz won't have that advantage. I like Burgos in this fight, and I like him as someone to watch long-term. I just think he's the better of these two fighters right now, but this is the type of fight where we'll learn as we watch, too. Both guys have a lot left to reveal about themselves.

Brent Brookhouse: I guess we'll wrap this up with this. Is this undercard a fair and good one for the price of the PPV? Boxing isn't the UFC in terms of selling PPV's for the full card experience, but the days of Don King's loaded PPV cards and even just a few weeks ahead we have an absolutely loaded Miguel Cotto vs. Antonio Margarito card. Even the Mayweather vs. Ortiz show that you mentioned had a Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fight and an Erik Morales bout which was set to be much better before some injuries and other factors causing an opponent change. This seems like a step in the wrong direction for a sport that has made a move in the right-ish direction in terms of PPV undercards. Or am I being unfair?

Scott Christ: This is closer to the bad reputation of boxing undercards than the King days, or the Cotto vs Margarito show, or even the Mayweather vs Ortiz show, which wound up having a really fun undercard as all three fights were good. But it's really not that terrible. Bradley vs Casamayor is a garbage fight and there's no way around that, but Cruz vs Burgos is a good matchup, and Alvarado vs Prescott is a sleeper fight that could turn out to be solid, and also could turn out to be a pretty forgettable fight. The price of the pay-per-view is too much anyway, as they're sticking with $70 in a bad economy to watch this thing in HD, which is absurd. One has to wonder whether they'd be doing this if the revenue generated with the $10 hike hadn't turned out to be so big for the Mayweather fight in September. But it's boxing, and greed almost always wins, so that's what they're doing. But in plain terms, it's not an undercard likely to produce true thrills, and the fights aren't "significant," really. Too much money is generated by having what used to be undercard pay-per-view fights in their own HBO main events these days, but they can do better than they did here, and chose not to go that way.

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