November 12, 2011 (13th Manila Time), the 3rd meeting between the only 8-Division champion Manny Pacquiao and 3-Division Mexican warrior Juan Manuel Marquez has concluded. This, however, did not answer the questions that have been lingering for the past 2 wars that they’ve fought. I personally think the fight was won by Marquez simply because he landed clearer and crisper punches. Now don’t go on hatin’ on me, I am a Pac-fan all the way but most of all am also a Boxing fan. I try to look at fights objectively and my personal results is opposite the actual. Now, a win is a win and I’m sure Pacquiao will take that win and so would I as a Filipino and a Pac-fan, which made me take the time to analyze where I could have been wrong in scoring that fight. I have come up with a few reasons and hopefully I get some feedback from people who have seen the fight. I want to know what they think of the list and the fight itself.
Reasons why Marquez lost the fight to Pacquiao.
- Marquez kept on waiting for Pac to make his move. This is mainly because he is a very good counter-puncher and unless Manny attacks, there’s nothing to counter. He needs to be the aggressor simply because he is the challenger.
- In relation to number 1, Pacman being the champion is the one dictating the fight tempo. Again, Marquez is the challenger and he cannot simply wait for the belt to drop on to his lap but rather take it from the champ.
- Marquez was back-pedalling most of the latter rounds, probably because Nacho Beristain told his fighter that he was actually leading on points. Big, big mistake on the part of his trainer to get the fighter’s hope too high.
- There were too many rounds that were “too-close-to-call”. In cases like this, even though the judges can actually give a 10-10 score for a round, most of the time they simply give it to the aggressor.
There are probably other reasons why Marquez lost but I will say it again, I personally believe Marquez did enough damage and won enough rounds to merit a decision or at least another draw. Oh, and NO, do not give me that bullshit about Pacquiao throwing and landing more punches than Marquez. If punch-stats are going to be the basis of a decision then we won’t be needing Boxing Judges now do we?
Unfortunately, the unfinished business remained unfinished for these two warriors.