2004-11-27 Rafael Marquez w rtd 8 Mauricio Pastrana, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF

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27 November Rafael Marquez w rtd 8 Mauricio Pastrana, MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - IBF. Referee: Robert Byrd. The smaller challenger certainly came to fight and although shaken up by Marquez (118) following a couple of solid blows in the opener, he nearly floored the latter with a cracking right in the third. Unfortunately, Pastrana (117) was cut over the left eye in the same round, but it did not stop his forward march and he was giving Marquez plenty to think about until it began to become a bit one-sided by the seventh. From thereon Marquez’s power-laden blows started to have an effect and although Pastrana remained upright he was taking a fair amount of punishment before being retired at the end of the eighth, complaining of a damaged left arm.