Pacquiao: I’m ahead of Marquez in the tally of our four fights
By Chris Williams: Manny Pacquiao doesn’t understand why Juan Manuel Marquez suddenly has lost interest in fighting him after having scored a 6th round knockout last December for Marquez’s first win of their four-fight series. Pacquiao figures he’s still up two fights to one with one of them being even, and he’s okay with that.
Pacquiao said to the manilstandardtoday.com “He says he doesn’t want to fight me because he won our last fight? Well, I am still ahead in the tally of our last four fights. I won two, lost one and drew one.”
I think more than a few boxing fans would disagree with Pacquiao’s tally. In the minds of many boxing fans, Marquez beat Pacquiao in their third fight in November of 2011. That was the fight Pacquiao won by the scores of 115-113, 114-114, and 116-112.
I had that fight scored 116-112 for Marquez, and that was with me giving Pacquiao the benefit of the doubt in several rounds that I still thought Marquez should have won. Marquez simply controlled the fight and landed the harder shots.
In 2008, Pacquiao beat Marquez by a 12 round split decision by the scores 115-112, 115-112 for Marquez, and 114-113. I had Marquez winning by a 115-112 score in that fight. I thought it was a clear victory for Marquez.
In 2004, Pacquiao and Marquez fought to a 12 round draw by the scores 115-110 for Pacquiao, 113-113, and 115-110. I had Marquez winning the last 11 rounds of that fight after getting dropped three times in the 1st round. Marquez should have been given the decision in that fight because he dominated the action in a big way in out-boxing Pacquiao.
I really don’t blame Marquez for being sick of fighting Pacquiao. He knows he won all four fights, so why would he want to waste time fighting Pacquiao again. The only thing that can change Marquez’s mind about fighting Pacquiao again is if Top Rank promoter Bob Arum gives him a 50-50 deal this time to fight Pacquiao in September instead of the 76-24 purse split they had last time they fought.