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PACQUIAO BARELY EDGES MARQUEZ; WINS ANOTHER CONTROVERSIAL DECISION

By Ben Thompson | November 13, 2011
PACQUIAO BARELY EDGES MARQUEZ; WINS ANOTHER CONTROVERSIAL DECISION

Moments ago, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada, 8-division world champion Manny Pacquiao still left critics wondering about his first two performances against lightweight champion Juan Manuel Marquez, barely getting by his rival over the course of 12 rounds to win a controversial majority decision in the third and final fight of their exciting trilogy. Marquez appeared to be outboxing Pacquiao from the start, using his superior technical skills to keep Pacquiao at bay. Pacquiao would come on strong landing big shots, but each and every time, Marquez would answer him with big shots of his own. Fans seemed to be unsatisfied with the outcome of the fight, but it was another close battle between two fighters who seemingly will always give each other problems. Relive all the action in FightHype's in-depth, minute-by-minute round-by-round results.

PRE-FIGHT
Great tribute to the late great Joe Frazier before the fight. Now the singing of the National Anthems as both fighters warm up in their locker rooms. Wow. HBO reveals that Marquez weighs more than Pacquiao tonight, coming in at 150 while Pacquiao tips the unofficial scales at 148. Interesting. Marquez comes out first looking extremely confident and ready to rumble. Pacquiao comes out next to the sounds of "Eye of the Tiger", just like he did against Mosley. He smiles and waves to the crowd.

ROUND 1
Both men come out jabbing cautiously. Pacquiao looks calm in there. Both men falling short with their punches. Pacquiao gets in a quick left. Marquez touches him to the body with a left hook. 1-2 to the body lands for Marquez. Not much of anything yet. Pacquiao gets in a left. Both men swing wildly and miss. Left hand lands for Pacquiao. 1-2 to the body lands for Marquez. Very close round. I give it to Pacquiao, but very close.

Pacquiao 10 Marquez 9

ROUND 2
Both fighters still cautious. Pacquiao reaches with a jab. Left hand from Pacquiao falls short. Marquez looking to counter. Quick body shot lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a left to the body. Jab lands for Pacquiao. Right to the body followed by an uppercut lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a body shot, but he eats a counter right. They trade jabs. Left lands for Pacquiao. 1-2 lands for Marquez. Pacquiao gets in a right and Marquez answers with a left. Tit for tat, but I give that round to Marquez.

Pacquiao 19 Marquez 19

ROUND 3
Pacquiao gets in a right. Nice uppercut lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a right again. They trade jabs. Jab lands for Marquez. Again. Left to the body lands for Pacquiao. Left to the body lands for Marquez. Right hand lands for Marquez, but Pacquiao answers with a left. 1-2 gets in for Marquez. Pacquiao misses with a left. Jab to the body gets in for Marquez. Pacquiao gets in a left. Nice uppercut to the body lands for Marquez. Right hand lands for Marquez. Pacquiao gets in a nice right hook. Stiff jab lands for Marquez. Another close round, but I give it to Marquez.

Pacquiao 28 Marquez 29

ROUND 4
Jab lands for Marquez. Left hook lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a straight left down the middle. Marquez reaches for the body. Left hook upstairs lands for Marquez. Another left gets in for Marquez. They trade to the body. Straight right lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a left. Right to the body lands for Marquez. Right hook and a left to the body lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a left. Marquez lands a left to the body. Right hand lands for Marquez, but he eats a left from Pacquiao. Right hand lands for Pacquiao. 1-2 lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a left, but he eats a nice right from Marquez. Another close round. This one I give to Pacquiao just for landing the bigger shots.

Pacquiao 38 Marquez 38

ROUND 5
Nice 1-2 to the body lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a right. Very technical battle so far. HARD uppercut gets in for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a body shot. Right hand lands for Marquez. Uppercut and a right lands for Marquez. Jab from Marquez snaps the head back of Pacquiao. Nice jab lands for Pacquiao. Marquez backs him up with a HARD right hand. Pacquiao gets in a left. HARD left from Marquez. Another HARD right hand lands for Marquez. Pacquiao gets in a right hook. Good round for Marquez.

Pacquiao 47 Marquez 48

ROUND 6
Jab lands for Marquez. Jab to the body lands for Marquez. Pacquiao gets in a left. Right to the body from Marquez pushes Pacquiao back. Left lands for Pacquiao. 1-2 to the body lands for Marquez. Pacquiao gets in a 1-2, but he eats a hard left from Marquez. Left gets in for Pacquiao. HARD right and another lands for Marquez. Right hook for Pacquiao, but he eats a left hook from Marquez. Jab to the body and a right lands for Pacquiao. Jab lands for Pacquiao. 1-2 to the body lands for Marquez. Close round, but I give this one to Pacquiao.

Pacquiao 57 Marquez 57

ROUND 7
Jab gets in for Pacquiao. BIG right hook lands for Marquez. Pacquiao falls short with his left. Uppercut to the body lands for Marquez. Right hand lands for Marquez. Another right lands for Marquez. Left uppercut lands for Marquez. Pacquiao falling short with his punches. Body shot gets in for Marquez. Left upstairs lands for Pacquiao. Marquez gets in a nice left to the body. Quick combo lands for Marquez. Another right lands for Marquez. 1-2 gets in for Pacquiao. HARD uppercut lands for Marquez. Round to Marquez.

Pacquiao 66 Marquez 67

ROUND 8
Right hand lands for Marquez. Pacquiao gets in a right hook. Marquez lands a right. Marquez touches him to the body. HARD right upstairs lands for Marquez. They trade to the body. BIG uppercut and a right lands for Marquez. Right to the body lands for Marquez. Left hook lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a left. Three-punch combo lands for Marquez. Right hand lands for Marquez. STIFF jab from Marquez snaps the head back of Pacquiao. Jab lands for Pacquiao. Round to Marquez.

Pacquiao 75 Marquez 77

ROUND 9
Right hand down the middle lands for Marquez. Left hook to the back of the head lands for Marquez. Jab lands for Marquez. 1-2 gets in for Marquez. Another. Right hand gets in for Marquez. Pacquiao answers with a 1-2. Hard 1-2 lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a quick left. They trade lefts. Right hand lands for Marquez. Nice three-punch combo lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a left. They trade. HARD uppercut lands for Marquez. Pacquiao misses with a 1-2. Left hook lands for Pacquiao. 1-2 to the body lands for Marquez. Round to Marquez.

Pacquiao 84 Marquez 87

ROUND 10
Uppercut lands for Marquez. Right hand lands for Marquez. Nice right hand gets in again for Marquez. Pacquiao digs an uppercut to the body. 1-2 lands for Marquez. Another right lands for Marquez. Pacquiao complains about a headbutt. Pacquiao lands a left. Right hand gets in for Pacquiao. Marquez lands a left hook. They trade lefts. Short right gets in for Marquez. Right to the body lands for Marquez. Pacquiao gets in a left. They trade at the end. Close round, but I give it to Pacquiao.

Pacquiao 94 Marquez 96

ROUND 11
Jab gets in for Pacquiao. Body shot lands for Pacquiao. HARD left lands for Pacquiao. Right hand gets in for Marquez. They trade right hands. Solid 1-2 gets in for Marquez. Both fighters not throwing much now. Left lands for Marquez. Pacquiao gets in a right hook. Another 1-2 lands for Marquez. Pacquiao lands a right down the middle. Quick left lands for Pacquiao. Right hand lands for Marquez. Close round, but I give it to Marquez.

Pacquiao 103 Marquez 106

ROUND 12
Quick left gets in for Pacquiao. Both fighters look cautious. Left lands for Pacquiao. Marquez lands a right. Pacquiao misses with a wild left hand. Left to the body lands for Marquez. Not much from either fighter. Pacquiao's mouthpiece falls out of his mouth for some reason. A break in the action. Pacquiao looks frustrated. Right hand down the middle lands for Marquez. Close round, but I give it to Pacquiao.

Pacquiao 113 Marquez 115

Official judges scorecards: 114-114, 115-113, 116-112

THE WINNER BY MAJORITY DECISION....AND STILL WBO WELTERWEIGHT CHAMPION...MANNY PACQUIAO

COMPUBOX NUMBERS
Pacquiao total punches: 176/578
Marquez total punches: 138/436

Pacquiao power puches: 117/274
Marquez power punches: 100/254



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