2008-03-15 Manny Pacquiao w pts 12 Juan Manuel Marquez, Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - WBC/The Ring
Pacquiao relinquished the title in June in order to challenge David Diaz for the WBC lightweight crown at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on 28 June. On that same bill Francisco Lorenzo beat Humberto Soto by a fourth-round disqualification in a fight for the vacant WBC ‘interim’ title, but instead of creating a champion it went down as a ‘fake’ in the eyes of many of those who saw it. Prior to the finish, Soto was well on top and after putting Lorenzo down twice in the fourth round he made the mistake of throwing a punch at the latter that clipped the back of his head at most. The referee then gave Lorenzo five minutes to recover and when Lorenzo said he was unable to continue he was handed the win. Following the contest, the WBC failed to credit Lorenzo as champion, due to the way he had been given the decision, and looked to make a return for the full title but the Dominican was so busted up that it had to be put on hold until later in the year.
Meantime, the WBC set up a vacant ‘interim’ title match between Soto and Gamaliel Diaz at The Bullring, Coahuila, Mexico on 11 October, the latter retiring at the end of the tenth round.