*Oh well, there’s goes the Manny Pacquiao/Floyd Mayweather dream fight.
Saturday night in Las Vegas for Juan Manuel Marquez it was a case of if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. In his fourth bout with Manny Pacquiao, he succeeded in knocking him the you-know-what out! In the process, he set himself up for a more than likely 5th rematch and pretty much killed any chance – if ever than was one, realistically, – of a meeting between Mayweather and Pacquiao. And just think, Mayweather bested Marquez when they met in 2009.
But what about Saturday night. Well, here’s how it went down … literally.
Marquez, desperate for victory after being down 0-2-1 in the legendary series, flattened Pacquiao with a flush overhand right hand with one second left in the sixth round of their welterweight fight, sending a jolt of human electricity through the sold-out crowd of 16,348 — in a pro-Marquez house — at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Pacquiao went down face-first and was out cold, and the judges, the source of so much controversy through the first three fights, were rendered pointless. Referee Kenny Bayless didn’t bother to — or need to — count as Marquez celebrated on the ring ropes, drinking in the cheers from his Mexican fans, who chanted for him throughout the fight.
“I knew Manny could knock me out at any time,” Marquez said. “I threw the perfect punch.
Before the clean knockout, it had been a tremendous action fight and a fitting bout in their all-time great series, which began in 2004 and has stretched across 21 pounds, four fights and 42 rounds.
“I was careless. He’s not an easy opponent,” Pacquiao said. “I did my best, but that’s boxing. That’s sports. I thought I got him in the last couple of rounds, but I got hit by a strong punch. I never expected that punch.”
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Watch the knockout: