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Pacquiao beats Marquez by decision
By Mark Lamport-Stokes
Published in The Saudi Gazette on 14 - 11 - 2011

Manny Pacquiao was tested to the full before retaining his WBO welterweight title with a controversial majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday.
The 32-year-old southpaw received as much punishment from his older opponent as he dished out over the 12 rounds but his superior foot and hand speed made the difference as he improved his career record to 54-3-2 with 38 knockouts.
Back in the ring for a third time since claiming a seat in his country's national congress last year, Pacquiao won his 15th consecutive fight after earning two of the verdicts from the three judges.
Dave Moretti (115-113) and Glenn Trowbridge (116-112) awarded the fight to the Filipino while Robert Hoyle made it a 114-114 draw.
“My fans are very happy because clearly they thought I won the fight,” Pacquiao said in a ringside interview as boos echoed around the arena from the disgruntled Mexican fans.
“We have to accept that my opponent is not easy. He is a good fighter and it's not easy, but I won the fight. He was ready for my punches but I thought I blocked a lot of his punches.”
Asked if he would consider a fourth bout with three-division world champion Marquez who has consistently been his toughest opponent, Pacquiao replied: “Any time, any time. I am a fighter and my job is to fight in the ring.”
Marquez, who lifted his arms in triumph after the fight ended, was bitterly disappointed with the outcome after firmly believing he had been cheated of victory in his two previous meetings with Pacquiao.
“It's hard when you're fighting your rival and the three judges, too,” the 38-year-old Mexican said in his dressing room, having stormed out of the ring after the decision was announced and his chance of vindication denied. “I got robbed. Honestly I don't know what I need to do to change the mind of the judges. We won with clearer punches. I am frustrated right now, very frustrated.”
The two boxers, renowned for their aggressive approach in the ring, fought to a draw in May 2004 before Marquez lost his WBC super-featherweight title to Pacquiao in a controversial one-point split decision in March 2008.
The official statistics reflected how closely Marquez challenged Pacquiao. He connected with a higher percentage of punches thrown, 138 of 436 to the 176 of 578 for the Filipino, and landed 100 power punches compared to his opponent's 117.
A fuming Marquez was contemplating retirement after claiming he was “robbed” again.
Marquez firmly believed he had done enough to win, a feeling echoed by the strong Mexican contingent in the sell-out crowd of 16,368. “What I need to do is sit down with my family and my camp and make a decision about continuing in this sport or just simply retire from the sport. It will be difficult,” Marquez told reporters.
The Filipino star's trainer, Freddie Roach, however, would like to see Marquez fight Pacquiao before “PacMan” has a long-anticipated fight against unbeaten US star Mayweather, seen as Pacquiao's top rival for world “pound for pound” supremacy.
“He has given us problems three times,” Roach said. “I think he deserves a rematch first.”
Earlier Saturday, American Timothy Bradley retained his WBO junior welterweight title by stopping Cuba's Joel Casamayor in the eighth round of a lop


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