Stunned fans think Pacquiao got careless in round 6 vs Marquez


Referee Kenny Bayless, center, sends Juan Manuel Marquez, from Mexico, right, to his corner after Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao, from the Philippines, left, in the sixth inning of their WBO world welterweight fight Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, in Las Vegas. Marquez won the fight by a knockout. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison)

MANILA, Philippines—How often does one see 10-time world champion Manny Pacquiao knocked out cold, motionless, on the canvas?

It was the first time.

So when Pacquiao absorbed a solid right to the chin from Juan Manuel Marquez that sent him crashing just a seconds before the end of sixth round Sunday (Manila time), everyone was stunned.

At Discovery Suites in Pasig, where a live viewing of the fight was held at the 42nd floor, all the spectators were rendered speechless for a few seconds.

“We were shocked, sobrang unexpected. We really thought he was winning, we didn’t even see the punch,” Vince Lavarez, 35, told a few minutes after the fight concluded.

In the third round, Pacquiao already got a taste of what he has done to Marquez a couple of times—get knocked down for the first time.

But Pacquiao came alive after that, and surged ahead to control the match—especially early in round six when Marquez was already troubled with a bloodied, broken nose.

All the 38-year-old Mexican boxer really needed was one, perfectly timed and aimed blow—though Pacquiao had landed more clear shots than Marquez all night.

“(A) good, clean and well-timed punch,” said Simon Ong (@simonong), on the social networking site Twitter.

“It was a clean shot. Great punch by Marquez,” also tweeted Jet Cruz (@the_jetcruz) regarding Marquez’s victory-clincher.

Many fans on Twitter pointed out, as did Lavarez, that Pacquiao might have gotten a bit careless toward the end of that sixth round—giving Marquez a window.

“Maybe, he got too confident because he was already controlling that round. Maybe he wanted to give a good impression so he got careless,” shared Lavarez, who has always watched Pacquiao’s fights in recent years.

“Marquez was better prepared. Manny got careless. That’s it,” said Raul Ojeda Jr. (@OJ_MD) on Twitter, responding to @INQUIRERSports’ question.

Iris Dimero (@irisdimero) had the same sentiment, saying “Pacquiao already had the fight, he should have been more careful and just cruised through it to the end.”

“Pacquiao became careless in the last few seconds of round 6. That was his greatest mistake,” responded @atty58ab.

After sending so many fighters bloodied on the floor, Pacquiao himself lying on the floor Sunday was an unreal sight.

“When have you ever seen Pacquiao like that—it was scary,” Lavarez said.

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  • wvillaro822

    Manny just wanted to finish the job without thinking defense and that’s what he got period. Don’t blame anybody but him. If the fight went on, Marquez could probably suffer the same fate as Margarito. But remember both of them prayed with the same god and this time saved Martquez.  Manny got the $30 Million, and Marquez a broken nose that could end up his boxing career.  

  • wawa2172

    Manny naging CARELESS…ah parang hindi dahil WHISPER lang yon. Talo talaga si Manny at ito ay dahil sa FOCUS, LONG PERIOD OF TRAINING AND PREPARATION, MARQUEZ HAVE A LOT TO PROVE and he is HUNGRIER TO WIN. Time for Manny to shave his beard to look neat even in defeat. He can still wear the rosary and do the sign of the cross..he can help the catholics to be a good christian but not totally renouncing his religion. I myself is still a catholic but I believe in the word of God. The Bible is my guide but I did not leave my religion because many of the catholic are sinners. My religion will not save me, its my personal belief in God that will.

  • Prinz Rhikxz

    I noticed that Manny, before the knockout on round 6, attacked Marquez WITHOUT AN AIMED PUNCH. I played the video over and over again and seen that Manny just moved forward without any punch, he hardly raised his hand (thinking maybe it would be time of end of the round), noticed that Marquez step backed his foot (bumuelo) and went for the killer blow. Manny, don’t be overconfident, because overconfidence is the downfall of many great men. You are still my hero!

  • Benjamin

    In another way, Roach already lost his touch as a trainer. He already lost 4 fights under his Wild Card gym wings. Pacquiao lost to Bradley via a a controversial split decision while Amir Khan lost against Peterson and 3 months ago, Julio Cezar Chavez Jr. lost against the middleweight champion from Argentina.  And now… Pacquiao lost by a stunning KO to Marquez who seemed to know every move of Pacman. Wala ng magtetraining kay Roach sa Wild Card gym and ang mga amuyong ni Pacquiao ay mawawalan na rin ng trabaho. Time to retire Pacman!  

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