MANILA, Philippines – Mexican boxer Juan Manuel Marquez maintained that he is the real victor during his third ring battle against Manny Pacquiao.
Marquez, who suffered a majority decision loss to Pacquiao November last year, asserted that it was he who dictated the pace of the fight.
“I felt I won nine of the 12 rounds and easily won the fight. He never came close to hurting me and once again my boxing skills were too much for him,” said the Mexican counterpuncher in Boxing Scene.
However, he had to absorb another defeat, his second in their three-fight encounter with Pacquiao.
Marquez again blamed the judges for favoring the Filipino superstar.
“Once again the three judges took away my victory. And there is nothing I can do about them,” he claimed.
“It seems that Manny has only one opponent every time we fight -- me -- while I have four – Manny and the three judges.”
But Marquez hopes that it would be different when he meets Pacquiao again this December 8.
He had voiced his approval on the selection of ring officials for his fourth fight against Pacquiao.
The Nevada State Athletic Commission appointed Adelaide Byrd of Las Vegas, Steve Weisfeld of New Jersey and John Keane of England to judge the fight, while veteran referee Kenny Bayless was chosen to be the third man in the ring.
"I thank Fernando Beltran of Zanfer Promotions for fighting for judges that are different from the others. I've done fights with Manny Pacquiao, and that none of the judges have been appointed [this far] before any of our fights, which tells me [that they'll] be impartial," Marquez recently said in a RingTV report.
But Marquez warned that the judges should be impartial this time.
"The judges will be in the eye of the hurricane. They'll be being watched closely by television reporters, by the people, not to be exposed to another controversial ruling. That leaves me quiet," said Marquez.