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It has been a while since WBO welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 KOs) of the Philippines succesfully retained his title after a 12-round tiff (for the third time) with archnemesis Juan Manuel Marquez (53-6-1, 39 KOs) of Mexico last November 12th in Las Vegas, USA. Two judges gave the fight to Pacquiao while one official scored the bout even.
Needless to say, the 38-year old Marquez proved his critics wrong and gave Pacquiao a hell of a fight and even won several converts in the process. At a point where almost everyone expected him to lose and lose in a big way, Marquez made a very plausible case for victory. He could have won his third clash with Pacquiao and based on what transpired on fight night, one can say the Mexican has a solid, winnable case.
This writer scored the fight 7 rounds to 5 in favor of the Filipino, mainly because Pacquiao was the more aggressive fighter. But I have to concede to the fact that a couple of those seven rounds I gave to Pacquiao could also be given to Marquez.
In a fight where either one can be the winner, subectivity sometimes overrides objectivity and personal preferences take forms and shapes in the most humongous ways. And in determining who was the better man that night, the judges probably had to throw objectivity out the window, not because they are biased, but because all factors required to make an objective observation were exhausted.
But despite the result and the controversy that came along with the verdict, Pacquiao and Marquez presented a good match worthy to be placed in classic reels and played over and over when their careers are long finished.
In a sense, Marquez has defined himself as the consummate rival of Pacquiao. The perfect thorn to the Filipino’s side. That kind of itch that just won’t go away no matter how hard you scratch it off. It’s hardly any consolation for the Mexican boxing legend, but he may have to contend with the fact that Pacquiao’s name won’t shine any brighter without his own name basking in the spotlight.
Isn’t that what a consummate rival should be?
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