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At long last, pound-for-pound greats Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao will fight.
Yes, the fight that looms as one of the most anticipated in boxing history is finally on.
For more than five years sports fans have clamored for a summit meeting between the two best fighters in the world and after various failed negotiations — and a protracted and difficult effort to make the fight in recent months — they will get it on May 2 to unify their welterweight world titles at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.
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LAS VEGAS — This time, there was no doubt. This time, Juan Manuel Marquez did not leave it up to the judges. This time, the Mexican ring warrior left Manny Pacquiao face-first on the canvas.
Covered in a mask of blood, the 39-year-old fighter blasted Pacquiao with a huge right hand with one second remaining in the sixth round to score a decisive knockout, the first time he defeated his Filipino adversary in four attempts.
Pacquiao charged into the Mexican counterpuncher’s danger zone and ran into a right hand, dropping the Filipino along the ropes. Pacquiao lay motionless for several seconds as the sellout crowd of 16,398 at the MGM Grand Arena erupted.
“That’s boxing,” said Pacquiao, who added he has no plans to retire. “I started to get confident, but I never expected that punch.”
Marquez said, “I knew after the last three rounds that he was going for the knockout and I could be knocked out at any time. I hit him with the perfect punch.”
Freddie Roach, Pacquiao’s trainer, said he felt his fighter was in charge. “He just got a little too careless, but he was hurting Marquez,” the trainer said. Pacquiao had knocked Marquez down in the fifth round and nearly had him stopped at that point.
Marquez, who never had won a fight above 140 pounds, was behind on all three judges’ cards when the fight dramatically ended. This time, there was no need for Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) to complain about the judges’ scoring. The former four-division world champion had bitterly disputed the results of their three previous encounters, particularly his points loss last November in Las Vegas.
Marquez did not suffer a broken nose, as was believed earlier, just bruised. Pacquiao, meanwhile, was taken to the trauma center to get checked out. The CT scan was negative.
Asked about a fifth fight between the two, Top Rank promoter Bob Arum, who handles Pacquiao, said, “Why not? We haven’t seen such an exciting fight in years. This fight will go down in history as a ring classic.”
Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs), who also went down in the third round, has lost two fights in a row for the first time in his career and was stopped for the first time in more than 13 years.
The former eight-division world champion had claimed world titles at 112, 122, 130, 135, 147 and 154 pounds. He had his seven-year winning streak snapped in June by Timothy Bradley Jr. when he lost a controversial split decision in Las Vegas.
He said he would be up for a fifth fight. “It’s up to my promoter. Let’s fight again,” Pacquiao said before heading to the hospital.
Pacquiao landed 94 total punches to Marquez’s 52, and outlanded Marquez in power punches 68-41. Pacquiao connected on 37% of his punches, while Marquez landed at a 21% clip. But in the end, he only needed one.
Prior to Saturday’s fight, parity held sway in the series which began in 2004 when they tussled at 125 pounds. Pacquiao had eked out a draw in 2004 and narrowly won disputed decisions in 2008 and 2011.
In a brawling preliminary bout, Cuban-born super-featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa of Miami won a unanimous decision against Michael Farenas of the Philippines. Gamboa, 30, a former Olympic gold medalist, remained unbeaten (22-0, 17 KOs). Farenas, a southpaw, dropped Gamboa late in the ninth round with a hard left, but was unable to finish him.
In the pro debut of 2012 U.S. Olympian Jose Ramirez, the lightweight from Avenal, Calif., stopped Corey Siegwarth of Denver with a first-round technical knockout.
Shaving several weeks off his 87-day sentence for good behavior, Floyd Mayweather, Jr. is set to be released on Friday from the Clark County Detention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Mayweather (43-0, 26 KOs), the longstanding WBC world welterweight champion who defeated powerful Puerto Rican icon Miguel Cotto by unanimous decision to acquire the WBA world light-welterweight belt on Cinco de Mayo at the MGM Grand in “Sin City,” has been living in a segregated 7-by-12-foot cell since June 1 for beating his lost sweetheart while two of their children watched in September 2010.
Battling allegedly innutritious food and unacceptable tap water that left The Ring “Fighter of the Year” in 1998 and 2007 physically, and emotionally, deteriorating, Mayweather plans on immediately doffing a blue jail jumpsuit to restart a grueling training regimen in the squared circle.
“Pretty Boy,” a 1996 bronze medalist who already owned a decent rap sheet from convictions on battery and assault in 2002 and 2005, is an obnoxious blowhard whose insane and frequently racist rants make him a legitimate villain.
Despite his unlikable nature, Mayweather is an utter defensive virtuoso and one of the preeminent pugilists in the annals of prizefighting.
Roger “Pit” Perron is a venerable boxing trainer from Brockton (Mass.) who now works with Mike and Rich Cappiello at their gym, Cappiello Brothers Boxing and Training.
Perron contends that Mayweather clearly sits atop the sport of boxing without a close peer.
“Floyd is the best there is today,” said Perron, 75, who worked with International Boxing Hall of Famer Marvelous Marvin Hagler at the Petronelli Brothers Gym. “He can’t be touched.”
It is simply inarguable that “Floyd is the best there is today” and, in all likelihood, Mayweather will reprove that fact against some poor sap of a challenger in the late autumn.
Promoter Bob Arum said Tuesday Manny Pacquiao’s next fight is almost finalized, and once again, his opponent will NOT be Floyd Mayweather Jr.
According to the LA Times, Pacquiao is in the process of signing a contract for a third fight against Juan Manuel Marquez on Nov. 12 in Las Vegas. The fight would pay Marquez at least $5 million at a catch weight of 144 pounds (65 kg), according to Arum, who heads Top Rank Boxing.
Arum said once the contract is signed, Marquez’s promoter, Golden Boy Promotions, still must provide its final “approval and consent” for the fight to take place. It is believed Top Rank and Golden Boy have agreed to a deal to allow Marquez to fight Pacquiao.
The Mexican, who will turn 38 in August, fought Pacquiao to a draw in 2004 and lost a split decision in 2008, and has since coveted a third try at the Filipino champion. Marquez was soundly defeated by Mayweather in 2009, but has since defeated Juan Diaz and Michael Katsidis to retain his lightweight title.
Pacquiao, who battered Shane Mosley in a unanimous decision May 7, holds the WBO welterweight title, and has not lost since 2005. He has won 14 matches in a row and has won titles in a record eight different weight classes.
The boxing world has long wished for a dream matchup of Pacquiao against Mayweather, but the fight has not materialized. Both sides have accused the other of holding up a deal to determine the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter. (Newscore)
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