Sunday, March 16, 2008
Pacquiao Takes the Decision and the Title From Marquez
Unfortunately, I was unable to see the fight last night. I missed a big one too, from all that I have heard and read. I had picked Juan Manuel Marquez to beat Manny Pacquiao by decision. Pacquiao won by split decision. According to all that I read it was closer than the first fight. Like the first fight, the difference, at least to some, was the knockdown in the third round. Until I see a tape or a replay I’ll withhold judgment (obviously).
I will comment on one thing, Pacquiao’s immediate response when asked if there would be a rematch with Marquez, he replied “I don’t think so, this business is over”. There is an moral obligation (or should be) to give the man that you won the title from a rematch, especially a fight, reputedly so close you couldn’t fit a hair between them. We know now that the first fight was no fluke on Marquez’ part, and it is reasonable to assume that Pacquiao has indeed met his match, which may account for his unwillingness to meet Marquez for a rubber match. I hope that after he has had a couple of weeks to think about it, he’ll reconsider.
Judge Jerry Roth had it 115-112 for Marquez. Duane Ford had it 115-112 for Pacquiao, while Tom Miller had it 114-113 for Pacquiao.
Yahoo! Sports has it 115-112 for Juan Manuel Marquez.
Michael David Smith of AOL Sports had Marquez winning 114-113.
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