LAS VEGAS, November 13, 2011—All 16,368 people at the MGM Grand may not have thought that Juan Marquez had won the Marquez vs Manny Pacquiao III fight Saturday night, but judging by the boos when the decision was read all but three did. Unfortunately for Marquez fans, those three were the judges.
Usually in boxing when you have a trilogy there is a definitive winner. The first fight between these two was a draw. The second a split decision in favor of Pacquiao. Part three was a majority decision for Pacquiao in another close fight between the fighters.
Marquez was so unpleased with the outcome that he stormed out of the ring after the decision was read and said after the fight that he is considering retirement.
The craziness didn’t stop there as fans started to throw items into the ring as a showing of their displeasure with the result.
After the fight, promoter Bob Arum was screamed at by Marquez fans, “You stole the fight!”
“Not only was (the fight) not definitive,” Arum said, “very few rounds were definitive.”
Even though Pacquiao is 2-0-1 in the decisions from the trilogy, it appears that a number IV may be in order.
“If the fighters want it,” Arum said. “The promoter wants it.”
“I’m happy about my performance tonight,” Marquez said. “I don’t know what I need to do to change the mind of the judges”
Marquez said he would not protest the decision. “I feel that I won this fight,” Marquez said. “I feel that if I drop him that they will book him again and give him the fight.”
Marquez left with one final thought, “For all the people that said I was going to get knocked out: It was a robbery.”
Pacquiao’s trainer Freddie Roach agreed that the outcome was a tough decision. “Probably could have gone either way,” Roach said. “I thought Manny edged him out in the last two rounds.”
Even Roach thought that a fourth fight may be in order. “I don’t want to do this again but I think we may have to,” Roach said. “I do think he deserves a rematch, yes.”
Roach also commented that Pacquiao’s arches were cramping up hampering him from his usual speed.
Because Pacquiao was cut during the fight and he had to get to his post fight concert, his comments were short.
“It’s very clear that I won the fight,” Pacquiao said.
He added that the cramps in his feet did not give him his usual balance. “Not the fight that I want.”
Boxing may be called the sweet science, but it is not an exact science. Judging from the crowd, this wasn’t the fight that they wanted either.
Jason Black is a regular sports contributor on America’s Morning News and America’s Radio News.
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