Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (4th meeting)
2012-12-08 : Manny Pacquiao 147 lbs lost to Juan Manuel Marquez 143 lbs by KO at 2:59 in round 6 of 12
- Location: MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
- Referee: Kenny Bayless
- Judge: Adalaide Byrd 47-46
- Judge: Steve Weisfeld 47-46
- Judge: John Keane 47-46
- Promoters: Bob Arum (Top Rank), Manny Pacquiao (MP Promotions), Fernando Beltran (Promociones Zanfer), Juan Manuel Marquez (Marquez Boxing Promotions)
- Ring Announcer: Michael Buffer
- Aired On: HBO Pay-Per-View (Main Event)
- Photo: Marquez scores a knockdown in round three
- Photo: Pacquiao scores a knockdown in round five
Pacquiao and Marquez both said throughout the buildup to the fight that they would be aggressive, hoping to score a definitive victory, a knockout being the preference. They certainly fought like it, delivering all the action the fans could have hoped for in perhaps the best overall action fight of the series.
Pacquiao rocked Marquez in the second round, and then the fight really heated up in the third round when Marquez scored his first knockdown, dropping Pacquiao with a right hand. Pacquiao was clearly hurt and shaky but survived the final 70 seconds to make it out of the round.
"It was a good shot, but I was able to come back and take control of the fight," Pacquiao said.
Pacquiao has had problems with his calves cramping, which seemed to come up again because he was having them rubbed down after the fourth round. But in the fifth round, he was moving well and the fighters rumbled in a round of the year candidate -- maybe the most exciting round of the series.
Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) landed a nice straight left hand, rocking Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs), sending him reeling and forcing him to touch his glove to the mat for a knockdown. But Marquez responded, going right at Pacquiao and hurting him with a right hand. They slugged toe-to-toe for most of the rest of the round.
"He caught me with my hand down," Marquez said. "That was an error and we corrected it."
Going into the sixth round, Pacquiao, 33, was ahead 47-46 on all three scorecards, but that wouldn't make a difference. Marquez, his nose a bloody mess -- although it was announced after the fight that is was not broken -- landed a huge right hand over a jab from Pacquiao that missed. It connected on Pacquiao's jaw and he crumpled near the ropes, face down, just feet from former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and his wife, Ann, who sat ringside.
"We always work on that punch," said Marquez, 39, a four-division champion. "The change in rhythm was important. We knew he was going to come out aggressive, so we had a fight plan that was more technique. We were able to capitalize on it.
"We knew it was going to be a very difficult fight but not an impossible fight. We work strength, we work speed, and you can see the result."
"Manny came back after that first knockdown. He was in charge," said Freddie Roach, Pacquiao's trainer. "He just got a little too careless. He was hurting Marquez up until the knockout."
When Pacquiao regained his senses, he and Marquez embraced.
"You are a great fighter," Marquez told Pacquiao.
- Pacquiao was guaranteed $26 million and Marquez $6 million.
- Marquez was awarded the WBO "Champion of the Decade" championship belt after his knockout of Pacquiao.
- The fight generated $10,888,890 in revenue from the sale of 15,403 tickets, according to the Nevada State Athletic Commission. There were no tickets unsold and 908 complimentary tickets were given away.
- The fight cost $59.95 on pay-per-view and generated 1.15 million buys.
- Pacquiao landed 94 of 256 punches (37 percent), and Marquez connected on 52 of 246 (21 percent).
- The Ring Magazine named Pacquiao vs. Marquez IV the 2012 Knockout of the Year and Fight of the Year, and Marquez was named Fighter of the Year.
- Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez I
- Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez II
- Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez III