History | Dec 08 2018

On This Day: Juan Manuel Marquez stuns the boxing world as he ices Manny Pacquiao

Jack Webb looks back on the night Juan Manuel Marquez flattened Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao
Manny Pacquiao  |  Action Images/Reuters/Steve Marcus

WHEN Manny Pacquiao Juan Manuel Marquez IV was announced there was more than just a smidgen of discontent amongst members of the boxing fraternity who felt that the rivalry had been exhausted by the previous 36 rounds between the two living legends. This notion would swiftly be eradicated by rounds 37 to 42 of the tetralogy, which was arguably the best of the bunch. The bout would earn the distinction of ‘Fight of the Year 2012’, but will be forever remembered for one unforgettable and devastating fight-ending right hand at 2 minutes 59 of round six.

The previous three meetings between the pair were incredibly close fights that could have gone either way. Nevertheless, the history books will forever be engrained with two decision victories for Pacquiao and one 12-round draw after all three contests had gone to the judges’ scorecards. The three judges at ringside on December 8 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena would not be needed.

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