Sunday, March 16, 2008

Manny Pacquiao is The WBC Super Featherweight Champion of the World!

Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez Image

Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacman Pacquiao is now the WBC Super Featherweight Champion of the world! Manny Pacquiao won the world title from Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez via a split decision, emphasized by a knockdown in third round and a charge in the latter rounds of the match to win by split decision. Tom Miller scored it 114-113 and Dwayne Ford had it 115-112 both for The Pacman, while Jerry Roth had it 115-112 for Juan Manuel Marquez. This is Manny’s seventh fight in a row - improved to 20-1 since 1999, with his only loss in a 2005 decision to another Mexican, Erik Morales. In that same span, Juan Manuel Marquez has lost only twice, the other time in 2006 to Chris John of Indonesia. The win improves The Pacman’s record to 46-3-2, while Marquez slid to 48-4.

Juan Manuel Marquez moved fast, had good movement, and in my opinion, had more good body punches and counter-punches. But in the end, Manny Pacquiao got the better end of the exchanges and proved to be the better fighter today, amidst the bad cut above his right eye, which Marquez further opened into a gory gash with stinging punches in the 8th round.

And lest I forget, the knockdown in the third round was just awesome! And I kid you not! Manny Pacquiao fired away a hard left hand and landed it squarely against Juan Marquez’s chin with just about 18 seconds remaining! And boom! Down went Marquez! The force of the punch sent the Mexican in a 180 degree turn, hitting the canvas flat on his back, with the back of his head almost on the canvas! The Filipino boxer then tagged Marquez with a barrage of punches, which saw the Mexican fighter on the ropes and fighting for dear life! And he was saved from further punishment with the sound of the bell, signifying the end of that unforgettable round!

Congratulations to my kababayan, Manny Pacquiao! We are very proud of you! Mabuhay!

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The Penniless Fat Guy said...

Pacman was plain lucky my friend. If you really watched the fight closely, you would agree that Marquez deserved the decision. The KO of Pacman was a thing of beauty but the match was slated for 12 rounds. Majority of the fight saw Marquez hitting Pacman cleanly. The stats will support my claim. In addition, Marquez hit more power punches and dominated most of the rounds. Of course Pacman was great, but Marquez was the better fighter. What I saw is a vulnerable Pacman who depends so much on power and lacks superb boxing fundamentals. I am not an analyst my friend but you know how much I love the sport. I would rather concede defeat than be overwhelmed by a tainted victory.

THE ANiTOKiD said...

It was all about hard work and dedication, my friend.

Pacman did seem to be a bit slow - now I'm starting to wonder how he will fare in the higher weight classes.


The Penniless Fat Guy said...

Happy Easter!

Marquez also worked hard. In fact he trained for 3 months. That is a month longer than Pacman trained. Marquez also had strong dedication. That was evident when Marquez bounced back after being knocked out.

Kain tayo pare... I heard Dundee is treating us for dessert.

THE ANiTOKiD said...

@Penniless Fat Guy:

Happy Easter, brother!


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