MANILA, Philippines – The barn burner of a fight between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez continues to reap awards as it was named by The RING Magazine as 2012’s Fight of the Year.
RING editor Doug Fischer said the bout, the fourth in the Pacquiao-Marquez saga, won RingTV.com’s year-end award poll hands down, garnering a total of 56.7% of the votes.
That same fight, won by Marquez through sixth round knockout, was earlier chosen by ESPN as Fight of the Year.
“It was so fierce and intense that it outdid their first three fights in terms of back-and-forth action, drama and, of course, a conclusive (not mention concussive) ending,” said Fischer.
The Brandon Rios-Mike Alvarado fight came at a distant second in the poll, garnering 23.1% of the votes.
Fischer said that although the Rios-Alvarado clash was also an all-out brawl, he said Pacquiao-Marquez IV was a lot different.
“Part of what made Pacquiao-Marquez special is that it delivered the unexpected,” he said.
“Few expected a shootout between the future first-ballot hall of famers, even though both Pacquiao and Marquez promised their loyal fans that they would gun for a knockout.”
Earlier, the fifth round of Pacquiao-Marquez IV also trumped RingTV.com’s poll for Round of the Year.
Pacquiao-Marquez Round 5 got 30.5% of the fans’ vote, besting the 12th round between Sergio Martinez and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. (26.7%), and the second round of the Tomasz Adamek and Travis Walker fight (25.8%).