Saturday, March 15, 2008

Pacquiao-Marquez 2: Unfinished Business Earned A Narrow Split Decision In Favor of Pacquiao!

Filipinos around the world have all the reasons to celebrate. Manny Pacquiao is the new WBC Super Featherweight Champion! This match-up is four years in the making and it is worth all the wait. Indeed, Paquiao lived up to his moniker, Mexican Killer. Pacquiao eked out a narrow and controversial split decision claiming Marquez' title. Judges had it 115-112 for Marquez, 115-112 for Pacquiao and 114-113 for Pacquiao. DHB scored it 114-113 in favor of Marquez . It was a tightly-fought bout where both Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez battled for national pride and honor.
Seeing these two wonderfully, evenly matched boxing icons squaring off in the boxing arena is worth every minute. Such a classic encounter! Juan Manuel Marquez is a clinical fighter who calculates his every move. He landed more punches than Manny Pacquiao did but the latter was able to counter it and knocked down the former in the third round. This round was very explosive. Pacquiao seemed to have been shaken a bit but hanged on, unleashing more heart-pounding blows. He didn't show any signs of complacency. Outstanding action round after round drew blood and heart-stopping moments. It was in the seventh round when both boxers clashed heads again that gave Marquez a nasty cut. Marquez persevered. It's some kind of a deja vu when images of the 2 great fighters kept flashing back when they met in Pacquiao-Marquez 1.Both boxers refused to back down. But only one shall be declared victorious. Aggressiveness and intense desire gave Pacquiao the edge thereby getting the nods of 2/3 judges. He did it again with flying colors!
Pacquiao won a major world title in his third weight division, the only Asian boxer who did it so far, and he intends to take on a fourth when he moves up to 135 pounds for his next fight against David Diaz, the WBC Lightweight Champion who won on today's undercard.
To Manny, you made the Filipino nation proud one more time

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