2004-05-08 Manny Pacquiao drew 12 Juan Manuel Marquez, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/The Ring
2004-05-08 Manny Pacquiao drew 12 Juan Manuel Marquez, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF/WBA/The Ring. Referee: Joe Cortez. Scorecards: 115-110, 110-115, 113-113. Down three times in the first, the Mexican champion somehow came back like a lion to get a share of the decision after it seemed certain that the southpaw Pacquiao (125) was going to take the titles home with him. There were no further knockdowns and Pacquiao complained afterwards that his left hand had been injured in the second round, which had restricted his ability to finish the job. In a fight as intense as this one it was no surprise that both men were carrying the signs of battle afterwards, Marquez (125) swollen around both eyes, while Pacquiao’s right eye was cut along the brow and almost closed. With two judges in complete disagreement as to who won, the other judge admitted the following day that he had marked the opening round as 10-7, not 10-6, a mistake which cost Pacquiao victory. Despite that, he continued to be recognised by The Ring magazine as champion. However, the extraordinary comeback by Marquez deserved a share of the laurels, if not more as he appeared to have outboxed the tough little Filipino from the third onwards. Not long after, on 4 June 2004, Chris John outscored Osamu Sato over 12 rounds at the Ariake Coliseum, Tokyo, Japan to retain the WBA ‘second tier’ title.