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Marquez knocks out Pacquiao

By Tim Dahlberg

AP Boxing Writer

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LAST UPDATED: 08:36 p.m. HST, Dec 08, 2012


LAS VEGAS >>Juan Manuel Marquez knocked Manny Pacquiao out cold with a vicious right hand at the end of the sixth round Saturday night, putting a ferocious end to the fourth fight between the two boxers.

Pacquiao had been down in the third round but knocked Marquez down in the fifth and the two were exchanging heavy blows in the sixth round before Marquez threw a right hand that flattened Pacquiao face down on the canvas at 2:59 of the sixth round.

The referee waved the fight to an end as Marquez celebrated and the sold-out crowd at the MGM erupted. Pacquiao was down for about two minutes before his handlers managed to get him up.

After being helped to his corner, Pacquiao sat on a stool, blew his nose and stared vacantly ahead as his handlers cut his gloves off. It was a stunning end to a furious fight and it may have signaled the end of Pacquiao’s career.

“I threw a perfect punch,” Marquez said. “I knew Manny could knock me out at any time.”

Marquez had vowed to finally beat Pacquiao after losing two close fights and settling for a draw in the first fight. But after Pacquiao knocked him down in the fifth round and was landing big left hands, it looked like it would be Pacquiao’s night.

The two came out for the sixth round and the pace was just as relentless. Both were landing big punches and both were brawling when suddenly as the round came to close Marquez shot out a right hand that landed flush to the jaw of Pacquiao, who crumpled to the canvas in a heap.

“I felt he was coming to knock me out the last three rounds and I knew he was going to be wide open,” Marquez said.

Pacquiao was aggressive from the opening bell, but paid the price in the third round when he got by a Marquez right hand that put him down. Pacquiao got back up and seemingly took control of the fight, dropping Marquez in the fifth round and landing the bigger punches until he was dropped

“I got hit by a punch I didn’t see,” Pacquiao said. 

Pacquiao, who earned more than $20 million for the fight, was ahead 47-46 on all three scorecards after the fifth round.

Promoter Bob Arum immediately said he could see a fifth fight between the two boxers, and a dazed Pacquiao seemed to agree.

“Why not?” he said.

The stunning knockout was the first real loss by Pacquiao in seven years. He lost a close decision to Bradley in his last fight, but most ringside observers believed he had won it fairly convincingly.

Marquez improved to 55-6-1 with 40 knockouts, while Pacquiao fell to 54-5-2. 







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DA_HANDSOME_CHINAMAN wrote:
Wow, I thought Pacman would have a chance. I wonder if Marquez can run for office or sing?
on December 8,2012 | 07:23PM
Anonymous wrote:
Oops I watched UFC instead. Pretty wicked stuff...
on December 8,2012 | 07:34PM
Tanabe wrote:
Damn... That's shocking. I thought for sure Pacman would win this one. On the plus side, I guess we won't have to hear about Paciao vs Merryweather anymore.
on December 8,2012 | 08:29PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Katoosh in the Koolaus!
on December 9,2012 | 12:51AM
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