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Pacquiao/Marquez IV: The Winners and Losers

 Pacquiao/Marquez IV: The Winners and LosersBy Dave Cacciatore, photo: Chris Farina – Top Rank – The fourth edition of this rivalry far exceeded most boxing fans expectations. Usually a measured defensive fighter in his biggest encounters, JMM showed one punch power in stopping the Filipino superstar. Pacquiao also showed the same gradual decline in both power and activity from his recent contests. This fight was also important for it’s implications, lets examine how this will effect the boxing landscape moving forward.

Losers

Manny Pacquiao – The great trainer Emanuel Steward taught us that youth and aggression fighters have a shorter shelf life. That lesson was painfully drilled into Pacquiao’s head by a single Marquez punch in this fight. His time at the top is clearly over and there is little hope that Manny can regain the devastating tornado like fury that allowed him to blaze to the top of the pound for pound rankings.

Freddie Roach – The trainer of Manny Pacquiao’s reputation took a significant blow on Saturday night. Continue reading

Pacquiao-Marquez IV – The Shock Of The Year, The Fight Of The Year, The Round Of The Year, The KO Of The Year!

 Pacquiao Marquez IV   The Shock Of The Year, The Fight Of The Year, The Round Of The Year, The KO Of The Year!By James Slater, Photos Chris Farina – Top Rank — The great, often troubled sport of boxing delivered in style last night; with all the good, the fabulous and the awe-inspiring things that make it so special being witnessed in glitzy Las Vegas. Going into the fourth instalment of the fierce, controversial and utterly compelling Manny Pacquiao-Juan Manuel Marquez rivalry, fans knew they could once again expect something special.

What they got was something totally unforgettable.

Never will any fan privileged to have seen this barnburner of an epic fight – the 5th-round being utterly remarkable – forget the way the action made them feel. Then came the wholly unexpected ending. Never will any fan who saw Mexican legend Marquez send Filipino idol Pacquiao to the canvas in a face first manner be able to shake the image from their mind. Up there with the incomparable Sugar Ray Robinson’s 5th-round icing of the steel-chinned Gene Fulmer, Tommy Hearn’s annihilation of Roberto Duran and, more recently, Pac-Man’s KO over Ricky Hatton, “Dinamita’s” KO was as disturbing as it was electrifying.

The questions came thick and fast after the shock of seeing the seemingly unstoppable (Forget Manny’s early career stoppage defeats to Rustico Torrecampo, when he was a skinny novice, and to Medgoen Singsurat, when a body shot felled the weight drained 112-pounder. We all know that Manny Pacquiao was a raw learner, not yet with Freddie Roach) Pac-Man KO’d so brutally: will Pacquiao fight again? If So, will there be a fifth fight with Marquez? Will a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight now never happen (and don‘t we all want to know what Floyd has to say about last night‘s earth trembler!)? Is there anything at all to the suggestions that Marquez has taken illegal stimulants? Continue reading

Juan Manuel Marquez scores shockingly surreal knockout against Manny Pacquiao!

 Juan Manuel Marquez scores shockingly surreal knockout against Manny Pacquiao!by Geoffrey Ciani – With nearly half his face covered in flowing streams of blood, Juan Manuel Marquez resembled something out of a zombie movie during the sixth round of action in his fourth fight against Manny Pacquiao. Despite suffering a solid third round knockdown from a sneaky Marquez right, Pacquiao seemed to have momentum on his side after scoring a nice knockdown of his own in the fifth. This came compliments of a sharp Pacquiao left that buckled Marquez to the point his glove bounced off the canvas in a spontaneous effort to reestablish balance. Pacquiao turned up the heat following the knockdown and began growing bolder throughout the sixth, and all the while Marquez was patiently trying to fend off Manny’s attacks while looking for something in Pacquiao’s rhythm he could exploit. And then it happened, he found it—BOOM!—fight over, just like that!

Pacquiao never even saw the punch coming. It was a tremendously calculated right hand that Juan threw with meanest intentions, and Pacquiao wound up exactly where Marquez anticipated he would be before even launching the thunderous knockout blow. Watching Pacquiao fall face first onto the canvas, and then remaining there motionlessly with his right arm partially under his body—it was something that was simply surreal. In terms of the sheer brutality of the knockout, it was surely right up there with Antonio Tarver’s second round knockout against Roy Jones and Sergio Martinez’s bomb against Paul Williams. It even was eerily reminiscent of the devastating shot Pacquiao finished Ricky Hatton with more than three years ago. But watching an icon like Pacquiao collapse as if he had been shot at close range in a sneak attack by a stealth assassin was just one of those moments that will forever live on in the annals of boxing history. It actually reminded me of watching a dazed Mike Tyson helplessly groping for his mouthpiece after being absolutely bludgeoned by Buster Douglas. That was the power and magnitude of the imagery on display. Continue reading

Manny Pacquiao: “I Am Fine”; Pac knocked out by Marquez, what next?

by Sam Kirton: Manny Pacquiao, 10 time world champion, was knocked out last night by a devastating right hand delivered by Marquez in the sixth round of their fourth fight. Pacquiao said he would be happy to have a 5th fight with Marquez. This may worsen the chances of Pacquiao fighting Mayweather considering that Mayweather easily beat Marquez and Marquez had just knocked out Pacquiao. I think that going into a 5th fight together Marquez should get the higher pay than Pacquiao even though the money doesn’t mean much to them anymore.

Manny Pacquiao: “I Am Fine”

LAS VEGAS, NEV. (December 9, 2012) – Following his knockout loss to Juan Manuel Márquez, Fighter of the Decade MANNY ”Pacman” PACQUIAO made a precautionary visit to University Medical Center.,“Manny was given a CT scan and the results were negative,” said Michael Koncz, Pacquiao’s advisor. “We were in an out in just over an hour and Manny was in excellent spirits.” Continue reading

Juan Manuel Marquez dramatically KOs Manny Pacquiao in 6!

By Joseph Herron - In an epic fourth meeting between two future Hall of Famers and current pound for pound fighters, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Paquiao in the sixth round of their scheduled twelve round fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In one of the most exciting and memorable fights of 2012, JMM silenced his critics and cemented his legacy as an all-time great fighter by handing the Pac-Man and the general fight public a leading candidate for KO of the year.

The perfectly timed and short, compact right hook landed flush on the chin of Manny Pacquiao at the closing bell of the sixth round, when the soon to be 34 year old southpaw walked right into a punch that he never saw coming.

Until the “Coup de Grace” was delivered by JMM, Manny was winning the fight on every judges’ scorecard; with tallies of 47-46 x 3.

Pacquiao came into the fight with a masterful gameplan that was yielding success for the majority of the contest. Manny was getting the master counter puncher to fire his right hand first and then countering with the straight left by using feints and effective upper body movement. Continue reading

Craig McEwan Ends the Year on a High with a Fine Stoppage

Stewart Dredge: Edinburgh middleweight Craig McEwan powered back to winning ways at Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday night with a storming, second round knock out of tough, Polish veteran Mariusz Biskupski. He has now won twenty two of his twenty five pro fights.

McEwan had lost a very controversial split decision to eventual winner Larry Ekundayo in the first round of Sky Sports’ live Prizefighter at the beginning of November after dropping to light-middleweight, and he had come home to the Scottish capital determined to prove he is still one of Britain’s top middleweight prospects. Continue reading

Gamboa defeats Farenas in 12 to win interim WBA Super Featherweight title

By Joseph Herron: Tonight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in the co-main event of the evening, Yuriorkis Gamboa (22-0, 16 KOs) became the interim WBA Super Featherweight Champion by defeating Michael Farenas (34-4-4, 26 KOs) in a surprisingly competitive twelve round unanimous decision.

Although the judges at ringside correctly scored the twelve round contest 117-109, 118-110, and 117-108, in favor of the former World Champion, Michael Farenas proved to be a game fighter who was worthy of competing for a major world title.

The commence the action, Yuriorkis established his speed and power while landing hard, compact shots from mid to long range. The former Top Rank fighter was intent on reminding the fight fans in attendance of what they had missed for fourteen months of political boxing drama and inactivity. The Cuban missile seemed sharp and energetic for the entire three minute round.

After being momentarily wobbled by a straight left hand from the Filipino fighter in the first minute of the second round, Gamboa stayed calm and composed, retaliating with hard combinations on the inside. The Cuban exile floored Farenas with ten seconds left in the round with a hard counter right hook on the inside. Although Farenas was up immediately, the hard punching Filipino was ostensibly shaken by the punch. Continue reading

Vazquez dominates Gesta for 12 rounds to retain IBF Lightweight title

By Joseph Herron: On the undercard of the Pacquiao/Marquez IV PPV event, Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) successfully defended his 135 pound title by outpointing previously undefeated contender Mercito Gesta (26-1-1, 14 KOs) for twelve uneventful rounds. The judges at ringside scored the contest 117-111, 119-109, and 118-110, unanimously in favor of the reigning champ.

Throughout every round of the IBF Championship Lightweight contest, the incumbent title holder did a brilliant job of landing his left land and moving away from Gesta’s power punch. He seemed to outbox the tough Filipino prospect with ease while connecting the occasional straight right hand. Continue reading

Kessler Annihilates Magee

 Kessler Annihilates MageeMikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KOs) is the new WBA Super-Middleweight Champion following a spectacular third-round destruction of Brian Magee (36-5-1, 25 KOs). Fighting in front of a boisterous crowd of 10,127 fans at Jyske Bank BOXEN in Herning, the Viking Warrior sent his opponent down in the second round with a huge right to the solar plexus. Kessler followed it up and scored another knock-down – only for the bell to save the champion. Kessler kept landing in the third, and when Magee went down from a body shot again, the referee waved the bout off. “It feels great to be champion again,” Kessler said. “We planned to go to the body and it worked very well. I am back at the very top, I am ready for everybody out there at super-middleweight.”

Magee praised Kessler afterwards. “He is a great champion and he deserved to win today. I never recovered from the first knock-down, which was a huge shot from him. I tried my best but couldn´t beat Kessler tonight. Congratulations to him.”

The victory gives Kessler plenty of options. “This is another great win for Mikkel,” promoter Kalle Sauerland said. “2012 was a big year for the Viking Warrior. First he destroyed Allan Green with huge left, now he stopped the reigning WBA champion with his right to the body. We will now carefully plan the next steps. There are a lot of great fights to be made.” Continue reading

Javier Fortuna decisions Patrick Hyland to win interim WBA Featherweight title

By Joseph Herron: In one of the more highly anticipated preliminary bouts on the Pacaquaio/Marquez IV fight card, knock-out artist Javier Fortuna (21-0, 15 KOs) defeated Patrick Hyland (27-1, 12 KOs) with a surprisingly competitive twelve round unanimous decision. The judges at ringside scored the contest 118-110, 116-112, and 115-113.

The scheduled twelve round fight was for the interim WBA Featherweight Championship, and both men were looking for a sensational showing to attract bigger opportunities against the elite level fighters of the 126 pound weight class.

In the first two stanzas of the 126 pound fight, both men showed their opponent much respect and seemed surprisingly tentative to begin the match. But in the third round, Javier Fortuna began to realize that Patrick Hyland wasn’t planning to let his hands go early and began to open up with sharp straight left hands and right hooks around the tight guard of the cautious Irish fighter.

Although the hard punching Dominican fighter overwhelmingly landed more power shots than his opponent in rounds four and five, nothing seemed to detour Patrick Hyland. Fortuna seemed content with landing the occasional combination, then circling the Irish fighter with lateral movement on both sides of the ring. Continue reading

Darren Barker defeats Kerry Hope

By Michael Collins: Former middleweight title challenger Darren Barker (24-1, 15 KO’s) had too much power and class for the overmatched Kerry Hope (18-5, 1 KO’s) in stopping him in the 4th round at the Olympia, in London, England. Barker knocked Hope down in the 4th with a nice right uppercut and then was looking to finish him off on the ropes when Hope’s corner threw in the towel to halt the fight. Continue reading

Mikkel Kessler destroys Magee, wins WBA super middleweight strap

 Mikkel Kessler destroys Magee, wins WBA super middleweight strapBy Michael Collins,, photo: Wende / Team Sauerland – Using a fierce body attack, Mikkel Kessler (46-2, 35 KO’s) chopped down WBA World super middleweight champion Brian Magee (36-5-1, 25 KO’s) in a third round TKO on Saturday night to capture his World Boxing Association 168 pound title at the BOXEN, in Herning, Denmark.

Kessler started off slowly but once he figured out that Magee couldn’t handle it to the body, he dropped him with a nice right hand in the 2nd and then another time in the 3rd round. After the knockdown at the start of the 3rd, the fight was halted because Magee was in no shape to continue fighting.

Kessler landed probing shots in the 1st round as he looked for areas to attack the 37-year-old Magee. Kessler landed some nice jabs and a few single right hands but nothing special. The southpaw Magee charged Kessler and hit him with a few nice shots at the end of the round but for the most part it was all Kessler.

In the 2nd round, Kessler noticed that Magee was wincing when he hit him to the body. He then loaded up with a big right hand to the midsection of Magee that put him down. Kessler then continued to hammer Magee to the body, causing him on two occasions to crouch down in pain but not hitting the canvas. Continue reading

Marquez removes all doubt as he destroys Pacquiao

By Rob Smith: Juan Manuel Marquez said he wanted to take the judges out of it the equation this time and he sure did do a good job of that by knocking Manny Pacquiao out cold with a single right hand late in the 6th that sent Pacquiao down flat on the canvas face first tonight at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That was brutal enough but Pacquiao stayed down, not moving a muscle for several minutes in one of those highlight reel knockouts. It reminded one of the KO that Pacquiao did against Ricky Hatton in the 2nd round of their fight in 2009. Hatton subsequently retired after the fight. It doesn’t look like Pacquiao will be retiring because he mentioned after that fight that he’s up for fighting Marquez for a 5th time, and Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum seemed pretty eager to make that fight happen.

Marquez’s face was covered with blood at the time he caught Pacquiao with that big right hand. Marquez had been cut on the nose during the round. Continue reading

Dusty Harrison scores first-round TKO over Darrell Jones

Here is the recap from Saturday’s Keystone Boxing card at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC:

DC welterweight Dusty Harrison scored a first-round TKO over Darrell “Prince” Jones of Jacksonville, FL. Harrison knocked Jones down twice before the bout was stopped at 2:30 of the round. Harrison is now 11-0, seven KO’s while Jones is 3-10-1, one KO. Continue reading

Zolani Marali Gets Revenge, Wins WBF World Title

 Zolani Marali Gets Revenge, Wins WBF World TitleIn a rematch the 2011 WBF Fight Of The Year, Zolani Marali got his revenge when he dethroned fellow countryman Ali Funeka to win the World Boxing Federation World Light Welterweight title on Saturday, December 8, at the Orient Theatre in East London, South Africa.

Funeka had won a controversial split decision over Marali in November 2011, and both had wowed to set the record straight in the long-awaited second go-around. It didn’t turn out to be quite as pulsating as the first encounter, but the two warriors did, again, bring the best out of each other, and gave the enthusiastic crowd another good fight.

But this time there was no controversy, as Marali was the best man on the night and put on a magnificent performance to win a unanimous decision. Marali looked sharp and determined from the start, and boxed well from his southpaw stance, but the defending champion also had his moments and was not giving up his title without a fight.

In the end, judges Siphiwe Mbini, Lulama Mtya and Andile Matika, all from South Africa, scored the contest 116-113, 116-113 and 116-114 in favor of new champion Marali, who surely must have found great satisfaction in evening the score with Funeka after more than a year of waiting for the opportunity. Continue reading