MANILA, Philippines - World Boxing Council (WBC) President Don Jose Sulaiman is convinced that Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico was cheated of victory last Saturday against Filipino boxing icon Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez was seemingly in control of the fight against Pacquiao, but the Filipino champion retained his World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight title belt with a majority decision win.
Boxing observers and analysts have criticized and debated over Pacquiao's victory, with many saying Marquez deserved the win.
Sulaiman said it was an injustice that Marquez lost on the judges' scorecards.
"The judges say that Pacquiao won. I saw the fight and all I can say is that Marquez did not deserve to lose. He did not deserve to lose. It's an injustice," he said.
Pacquiao was a heavy favorite going into the fight, but Marquez once again gave him all he can handle. Marquez befuddled Pacquiao with pinpoint counter-punching and excellent defense, not allowing the Filipino champion to unleash his multi-punch combinations.
Sulaiman hinted that with Pacquiao's lackluster performance, the Filipino boxer's career is now nearing its end.
"Pacquiao was not his usual self. It's a fight he took part in to win $25-million, minimum. I think Pacquiao's career is close to the end and he's definitely involved in politics," he said.
"He's a federal lawmaker and a boxer involved in politics who is so committed to his country, well, during that time he won't think about boxing. Boxing is second best," Sulaiman added.
The WBC president had favored Pacquiao going into the bout, saying that boxing common sense did not favor Marquez. -- With a report from ANC.