WHETHER or not you agreed with the outcome, it is beyond dispute that Manny Pacquiao can’t quite figure out Juan Manuel Marquez.
In 24 rounds southpaw Pacquiao has recorded four knockdowns (three in the opening round of their first meeting), but still not established outright supremacy. Their first fight four years ago was a thrilling and hotly contested draw. The rematch, at the Mandalay Bay Hotel on March 15, 2008, saw Pacquiao become a three-weight ‘world’ champion and WBC super-featherweight king by the narrowest of margins – a split verdict that hinged on a third-round knockdown.
Never before have I seen Pacquiao shaken so often. And the Filipino hero ended another intense 12-rounder with damage above and below his right eye, injuries that could prevent him challenging David Diaz for the WBC lightweight title in the summer.