By Lily O Ramos
MANILA, Nov. 14 (PNA) — Filipino eight division champion and still the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer as a World Boxing Organization (WBO) welterweight, Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, said during the November 13 post-fight interview that he is the clear winner over another Hall of Famer, Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico at the MGM Grand Arena, Las Vegas, USA.
Pacman added that his triumph was beyond cavil — “He is a counterpuncher and I caught his punches. I have no doubt about winning over him.”
Pacquiao is right, after all, the three judges Robert Hoyle scored it 114-114 (draw), while David Moretti had it 115-113 and Glenn Trowbridge 116-112 in his favor to merit a unanimous decision.
The judges were closest to the ring action and called it fair and square even if other people disagreed with their judgment.
The 32-year old Sarangani Congressman’s claim is backed up by a computer box score that says the world boxing icon threw 578 punches and landed 117 while connecting more with 304 jabs. The 38-year old Marquez, on the other hand, threw 254 punches with a paltry hit of 100 and 182 jabs landing with 38.
Marquez bitterly stormed out of the venue when ring announcer Michael Buffer declared that Pacquiao is the title winner, saying that he was robbed the second time around and does not know anymore what to do to win the judges’ nod.
Sure, the Mexican was in the fight most of the time but he was also too cautious and let Pacquiao carry the fight for both of them. Since he is the challenger, he should have been the aggressor in the trilogy but he kept waiting for the Filipino champion to come to him.
The verdict did not sit well with the crowd that roundly booed the announcement. Some Mexican fans shouted, that Pacquiao is a loser and threw bottles and cans toward the ringside in the belief that their countryman is the real victor.
Blame all the confusion and controversy to the reams of pre-fight hype for both fighters and high expectation on Pacquiao’s ability to knock down or knockout his opponent within six or seven rounds as predicted by Freddie Roach days before the face off.
Bettors and bookmakers knew that Pacquiao would win, hence, they placed their money on what round Marquez would fall to the canvass.
Unfortunately, many bets costing hundreds to thousands or millions of dollars went down the drain — causing much bitterness and anger over the idea that Pacman did not land his killer punches; instead, it was Marquez who seemed to have outperformed himself.
Pacquiao admitted over GMA 7 that he had a tough time against Marquez since their 2002 and 2008 meetings. Of course, Mexico’s Dinamita studied the Filipino icon well and formed a strategy that would save him from getting hurt.
Though both fighters have grown older, Pacquiao’s camp may have underestimated the changes and style which his enemy molded to counterpunch him, something which he has learned after encountering and losing to Floyd Mayweather Jr.
If it’s true that Marquez said that boxing is just a matter of style, then he was successful in some ways versus the world’s most popular boxer.
Call it bad luck for Marquez but he has met his nemesis in Pacman. They have fought closely for three times and he lost them all, although he claims he was “robbed.”
Many people also don’t understand why Pacquiao had an easy time beating bigger, taller, talented, skilled and popular boxers like Ricky Hatton and Oscar dela Hoya, yet he was never able to make Marquez, who is about his size kiss the canvass.
Someway, somewhere in time, there comes a person’s nemesis whom he can’t beat because it’s a part of one’s karma. The two souls could have been in the same situation before and they’re facing each other for closure.