09.05.04 - By Jim Amato: Juan Manuel Marquez gamely rose from the canvas three times in the first round and was able to retain his IBF featherweight title. Manny Pacquiao, the man who destroyed Marco Antonio Barrera almost ended matters in the initial session. Give Marquez his due. After the one sided first round in which two judges scored it 10-6 for Pacquiao, Marquez became a counter punching machine. There were some rounds in which Marquez took Manny to school.
This was an exciting fight that ended with very controversial scoring. One judge had it 115-110 for Manny while another judge had it 115-110 for Marquez! That is quite a difference. Were they watching the same fight? The last judge had it 113-113. So the fight ended in a draw and Marquez retains his crown. Manny felt that he did enough to win and asked Marquez for a rematch. It will probably happen.
On the undercard Puerto Rican sensation Miguel Cotto passed his toughest test to date. Miguel outscored the very capable Lovemore Ndou. The scoring went; 117-111, 116-112 and 115-113, all in favor of Cotto.