Monday, November 14, 2011

Pacquiao-Marquez: version 3

I didn't get to see the fight, but apparently the result was not a popular one with the crowd. While Manny Pacquiao has been a huge fan-favorite among boxing aficionados around the world, his fight - the third one - against Juan Manuel Marquez had most of the crowd believing that the methodical, counter-punching Mexican had been the more successful and effective boxer in the 12 rounds that they faced off. So when Pacman was announced as the winner, the crowd which had often stood behind the Philippine congressman made their thoughts known to everyone.

The judges' scorecards show that what was not apparent while watching the match was pretty clear on paper. It may not have been a dominant performance by Manny, but it was enough to win. It's generally true in any sport, that even the biggest sporting legends have that one person or team they can't seem to beat as easily as everyone else, and it looks like Marquez is Pacquiao's nemesis with all three of their fights going the distance and all of them being very tightly contested. It will be interesting to see if there is a round 4 between these two or if the long-awaited bout between Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. will push through.

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