BEING FINALIZED: PACQUIAO TO MEET MARQUEZ THE 4th TIME


MANILA, SEPTEMBER 14
, 2012 (INQUIRER)
By Celest R. Flores - It’s going to be Manny Pacquiao versus Juan Manuel Marquez — for the fourth time.

Boxing writer Dan Rafael of ESPN.com reports that another clash between Pacquiao and Marquez is set instead of a rematch with Timothy Bradley Jr., according to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum.

“We’re having a meeting about Manny’s next fight and to get everything finalized,” Arum told Rafael. “My goal is to finalize the Marquez fight, but I have to meet with (Michael Koncz).”

Arum met with Pacquiao’s adviser Koncz shortly after the presser of the Sergio Martinez-Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) to iron out the terms for the fight.

While the other details of the fight remain hazy, the venue — MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas — and the date — December 8 — are already a lock.

“It’s at the MGM,” Arum said in the same interview with Rafael. “The eighth is for sure. Vegas is for sure.”

Pacquiao holds a 2-0-1 record against Marquez in the last three blockbuster fights dating back to 2004 — all of which ended in a controversy.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

[PHOTO - November 12, 2011: Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines (L) and Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico bout for the WBO welterweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pacquiao defeated Marquez. Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images]

Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Márquez III was a controversial boxing championship bout for the WBO welterweight title.

The bout was on November 12, 2011 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada and was distributed by HBO PPV. The fight marked a return to HBO for Pacquiao.

Build up

Pacquiao and Marquez previously met twice. Their first fight, on May 8, 2004 at the MGM Grand, ended in a draw; some believed Marquez won even though he was knocked down three times. They fought again on March 15, 2008 at the Mandalay Bay, where Pacquiao won via a split decision, though some believed that Marquez won a second time. This led up to the rubber match and to Pacquiao's trainer, Freddie Roach, saying he wanted to leave "all doubt behind." But again, many fans thought Marquez won.

HBO's 24/7 broadcast on CNN on free cable and in addition to the HBO Deal, Pacquiao-Marquez III was promoted during the Major League Baseball playoffs on TBS.[4] A four-city press tour covering three countries and an estimated 25,000 miles started on September 3 in Pacquiao's adopted hometown Manilla, Philippines, and ended on September 8 in Marquez's home of Mexico City, Mexico.[5] The bout marked the 2nd time Márquez jumped from Lightweight to Welterweight. His first attempt was a September 2009 loss to Floyd Mayweather, Jr., who was making his return to boxing.

Controversy

Even though Pacquiao won a close decision, most of the pro-Marquez audience believed that Marquez was the winner. Some of the audience reacted to the decision by hurling food, beer, and ice; a can of beer hit a ringside writer, though no record of any injuries exists.

The Ring, which produces its own version of boxing's lineal championships, scored the bout in different ways: its editor, Michael Rosenthal, scored the bout 115-113 for Pacquiao; two of its writers, Lem Satterfield and Mike Koppinger, scored the bout 117-111 and 115-113 for Marquez, respectively, and another writer, Doug Fischer scored it a draw.

Some Filipino TV news networks and their internet news websites showed photos of Marquez stepping on Pacquiao’s foot six times. However, such occurrences are common between orthodox and southpaw fighters as they attempt to keep their lead foot on the outside of their opponent's.

Freddie Roach has addressed the Juan Manuel Marquez "foot-stomping" issue that has become a much discussed topic among Manny Pacquiao fans; he understand when southpaws and orthodox meet feet will collide. According to Compubox, Marquez was outlanded an average of 3 punches per round (14 to 11 punches landed). Pacquiao also threw 142 punches more than Marquez and landed 38 more punches connecting at a higher percentage rate in power shots than Marquez and although Marquez landed at a higher rate in jabs was outlanded 59 to 38.


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