Round-by-round: Pacquiao-Marquez III

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 13 2011 12:53 PM | Updated as of Nov 14 2011 01:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) - The fight between reigning champion Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez ended with the Filipino retaining his WBO welterweight title.

The fight took place at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The bout was the third clash between the 2 boxers, whose rivalry has spanned 7 years.

Pacquiao and Marquez first fought in 2004. Despite being knocked down thrice in the 1st round, the Mexican fought back and got a controversial draw.

This was followed by a rematch 4 years later, wherein Pacquiao carved out a split-decision win by virtue of his 3rd-round knockdown against Marquez.  

Here's what happened on Saturday in Las Vegas (Sunday in Manila):

Round 1: Both fighters are looking noticeably bigger than they were in their first two meetings. Marquez is looking to measure Pacquiao using the right jab, while the latter is using his straight left. They end the round with a good exchange but Pacquiao is able to evade most of Marquez' punches.

Round 2: Marquez able to get inside Pacquiao's defense and tags him with body shots. Pacquiao manages to land a left hand and is using lateral movement to evade Marquez's punches. Marquez landed more shots than Pacquiao in round 2.

Round 3: Pacquiao was able to hurt Marquez in the closing seconds of round 3 with a series of hooks. A powerful right hook from Pacquiao shakes Marquez, but the Mexican was able to survive the barrage.

Round 4: The 4th round sees a series of exchanges between the two fighters. Marquez was able to land a left hand, but he opened himself up for a right hand from Pacquiao. The two clashed heads midway through the fourth round but no cuts were opened on either fighter.

Round 5: Marquez's face has begun to swell as Pacquiao tags him with straights. Pacquiao is looking to land a strong punch, but Marquez was able to hit him with a straight right to the face. Marquez once again staggers Pacquiao with a series of punches late into the round, and Pacquiao seems to be getting frustrated.

Round 6: Pacquiao bounces back in the 6th round as he was able to hit Marquez with inside punches near the 1-minute mark  of the round. Marquez does not allow Pacquiao to take control, however, as he hits Pacquiao with right hands of his own.

Round 7: Marquez hurts Pacquiao with a strong right to the body early in the round. Pacquiao has been unable to hurt Marquez so far in the fight as his punches are not landing clearly. Marquez has been outboxing Pacquiao so far in this fight, but Pacquiao was able to put a barrage of punches together late in the round.

Round 8: Pacquiao is looking to land a good punch, but Marquez is still frustrating him with good counterpunching. Pacquiao still has not found a rhythm in the fight so far, and Marquez is pulling away on the scorecards.

Round 9: Pacquiao is already bleeding due to a split lip. Marquez now seems to be in a good rhythm as he tags Pacquiao in the body early in the round. Pacquiao looked to pick up the pace midway through the round as he starts to catch Marquez with a barrage of punches. Both fighters exchange punches late in the round but Pacquiao still needs to catch up.

Round 10: Marquez is seemingly more tired than Pacquiao as he clinched early, but he recovered and catches Pacquiao with a right hand. Marquez's face is swollen, but he was willing to slug it out with Pacquiao in the 10th round. Pacquiao is still bleeding from the lip, but he manages to catch Marquez with some strong punches late in the round.

Round 11: Pacquiao is still looking to find his rhythm, but he was able to catch Marquez with strong punches early in the round. Pacquiao was unable to hurt Marquez, but the latter is looking winded.

Round 12: Pacquiao has a cut above his right eyebrow. Pacquiao looked to win the last round as he swung punches wildly, but he was unable to land clean shots on Marquez.

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