In the defining rivalry of his career, Manny Pacquiao shared the ring with Juan Manuel Márquez four times, over 42 rounds, with the Filipino winning two, with one draw and one triumph for Márquez. The first fight took place on May 8, 2004 as Pacquiao challenged for the WBA and IBF featherweight titles. In the first round Márquez was dropped three times, but recovered well to win rounds after to secure the draw, one judge admitted to an error as he scored the first round 10–7 in favor of Pacquiao instead of 10–6 meaning only two of the knockdowns were scored. The controversy of the result set up the March 15, 2008 rematch, where Pacquiao would triumph via split decision winning the WBC super-featherweight titles. Following their close second encounter a third bout was scheduled for November 12, 2011, where again, the judge’s decision was not unanimous.
Pacquiao claimed a majority decision win however, many believed Márquez was on the end of a wrong decision, despite the Compubox stats showing Pacquiao landed more strikes, 176 to 138, and landing more power punches, 117 to 100. A fourth a final fight would follow, and this time, for the first time, there was a decisive winner. On December 8, 2012, Márquez would finally prevail against Pacquiao after a thudding right hand knocked his Filipino rival out in the sixth round. This proved to be the last in their epic rivalry, as over six years the two provided boxing fans with memorable rounds of action and skill.
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