Marquez KO one of best sports moments of 2012


Posted at Dec 23 2012 07:18 PM | Updated as of Dec 24 2012 07:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines –Juan Manuel Marquez’s sensational sixth-round knockout of Filipino rival Manny "Pacman" Pacquiao was included in Sports Illustrated's list of "The 112 of '12: Mystifying, Seriously Sublime Sports Moments, Memes and Memories."

Marquez's knockout punch was ranked 27th out of 112 sports moments.

"It took him four fights and one 'perfect punch,' but Juan Manuel Marquez finally beat rival Manny Pacquiao with a devastating sixth-round knockout on December 8. Since their first bout in 2004, Marquez, a seven-time world champ in four weight divisions, had settled for a draw and lost two contested decisions to Pacquiao, boxing's only eight division champ," the sports magazine wrote.

"Pacquiao never saw the haymaker coming and was laid out cold for two minutes. When he woke up, he didn't know where he was. (Answer: the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.) It was supposed to be their final fight, but Pacquiao said after the loss he'd like to fight Marquez for a fifth time," SI added.

Marquez's knockout of Pacquiao was ranked ahead of the Los Angeles Kings' victory in the Stanley Cup (28), Roger Federer's victory at Wimbledon (29), and the Alabama Crimson Tide's national championship (30).

The knockout was also rated higher than the United States women's soccer team gold-medal winning performance in the 2012 London Olympics (42), Oscar Pistorius' historic appearance at the Games (46), and Serena Williams' resurgent 2012 campaign (51).

Among the moments ranked ahead of Marquez's knockout was the San Francisco Giants' four-game sweep of the Detroit Tigers in the World Series (13), Gabby Douglas' all-around gold in the London Games (12), and the New York Giants' Super Bowl win (11).

Sports Illustrated's Top 10 sports moments of 2012 are:

10. The resurgence of Notre Dame football

9. Michael Phelps' historic performance in the 2012 London Olympic

8. Manchester City winning the English Premier League

7. Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson's comeback from an ACL injury

6. Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera winning baseball's Triple Crown

5. Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel becoming the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy

4. Usain Bolt defending his track and field titles at the Olympics

3. LeBron James leading the Miami Heat to an NBA title

2. The 'Linsanity' phenomenon

1. The referees' lockout in the National Football League