Marquez: I’ve closed the chapter on Pacquiao; I beat him
By Chris Williams: Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KO’s) says he’s done with fighting Manny Pacquiao and he won’t going down that road again after knocking him out in the 6th round last December. Marquez feels satisfied with his knockout victory, and he feels like he has nothing more to prove after his impressive exclamation point on his four-fight series with Pacquiao.
Marquez said to ESPN “The chapter with Pacquiao is closed. I won. I feel great with the victory…everybody knows what happened in 2011. The belt should be mine.”
It’s hard to disagree with Marquez. He definitely closed the door on Pacquiao with that great win last December. How do you fight a guy again when you’ve knocked him out like that? That’s final when you KO someone like that.
In Marquez’s reference to 2011, he’s talking about that very controversial 12 round majority decision that Pacquiao won in November of that year where two judges had Pacquiao winning the fight while the third had it a draw.
The boxing world disagreed with the three judges and saw it as a clear win for Marquez. Had the judges scored the fight differently to agree the boxing public’s view of the fight, Marquez would be the WBO welterweight champion today and he wouldn’t have to be fighting WBO champ Tim Bradley on October 12th to pick up the title because it would already be his.
You can really agree with Marquez about the Pacquiao chapter being closed because Marquez proved that he was the better fighter in all four fights, as Pacquiao’s two wins were highly controversial with many boxing fans seeing those as Marquez wins. The same with the 12 round draw in their first fight in 2004. Pacquiao won the 1st round, and then Marquez appeared to sweep the next 11 rounds, and yet the judges scored the fight a draw.