MANILA, Philippines – Yahoo! Sports has included Juan Manuel Marquez’s knockout victory over Manny Pacquiao among its “Top 15 KOs in Boxing History.”
Yahoo! Sports analyst Kevin Iole rated Marquez’s sixth-round KO win seventh among the most devastating knockout wins in boxing.
“The fourth fight in the epic rivalry was the best of them all,” described Iole.
“Marquez knocked Pacquiao down in the third, but Pacquiao turned the tables in the fifth. Pacquiao seemed to be taking over in the sixth. Late in the round, Pacquiao threw a combination, backing Marquez to the corner. Pacquiao missed a lead right and walked into a perfect right from Marquez that sent him face first to the canvas and ended the match.”
Pacquiao’s second-round knockout win over British superstar Ricky Hatton in 2009 was also included in the list at No. 15.
“Hatton was expected to provide a stiff test for Pacquiao, but he was completely outclassed. He entered the fight with a 45-1 record, but was battered in the first round and then knocked stone cold by a Pacquiao left in the second,” said Iole.
Topping the list was Muhammad Ali’s historical eighth-round knockout victory over George Foreman in 1974, followed by Foreman’s 10th-round upset against the younger Michael Moorer in 1994.
Foreman’s technical knockout win versus Joe Frazier in 1973 came in third, while Joe Louis first-round TKO over Germany’s Max Schmeling was ranked fourth.
Marvelous Marvin Hagler third-round knockout of Thomas Hearns in 1985 was ranked fifth, followed by Rocky Marciano’s 13th-round stoppage of Jersey Joe Walcott in 1952 at sixth.