Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez have fought four times, with the most recent fight taking place on Dec. 8 2012 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena where Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in the sixth round. Their first meeting ended in a draw, with Pacquiao winning the next two via decision. Each of their first three fights went the distance. The Pacquiao-Marquez rivalry is considered one of the best in boxing history.
Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez first met in the ring on May 8, 2004. Pacquiao entered with a career record of 38-2-1 and was recognized as The Ring magazine's world featherweight champion. Marquez, who entered with a record of 42-2-0, put his WBA and IBF featherweight belts on the line. The fight was held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, marking the first time either fighter had fought at the venue.
Pacquiao opened the fight strong, knocking Marquez down three times in the first round. Despite heavy bleeding from his nose, Marquez was able to survive the round and continue, making a long night for Pacquiao and taking control of the fight in the later rounds. After 12 rounds, the fight went to the judges' scorecards. Judge John Stewart scored the fight 115-110 for Pacquiao and Guy Jutras had the opposite, 115-110 for Marquez. Burt A. Clements scored the fight even at 113-113, resulting in a draw. Later, Clements admitted he'd made a scoring mistake, scoring the first round 10-7 for Pacquiao, rather than the 10-6 that he should have scored a three-knockdown round. Had he scored the round correctly, the fight would have been a win for Pacquiao.
CompuBox Punch Stats: Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez - May 8, 2004
After their controversial draw in 2004, it took nearly four years for Pacquiao and Marquez to meet in the ring again. On March 15, 2008, they fought at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the junior lightweight championship. The fight was promoted as "Unfinished Business" by HBO Pay-Per-View.
The fight was just as even as their previous meeting, with Marquez stunning Pacquiao at one point in the second round, and Pacquiao knocking down Marquez in the third round. That fall would prove to be costly for Marquez, as he was once again unable to send Pacquiao to the canvas and the fight once again went to the judges' scorecards. Duan Ford scored the fight 115-112 for Pacquiao and Jerry Roth had it 115-112 for Marquez. Tom Miller scored the fight 114-113 for Pacquiao, giving him the win and the title.
The decision was controversial, as CompuBox stats showed Marquez landing more punches at a higher percentage than Pacquiao. Pacquiao threw more than 100 more jabs than Marquez (314-201) but landed just one more (43-42), and Marquez had a significant edge in power punches. All three experts scoring the fight for ESPN.com scored it 114-113 for Marquez, as did Scott Mallon of Ring magazine. HBO's Larry Merchant had the fight as a 114-114 draw, while Harold Lederman scored it 115-112 for Pacquiao. Despite scoring the fight for Marquez, Ring magazine honored Pacquiao's win and awarded him its vacant junior lightweight title.
CompuBox Punch Stats: Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez - March 15, 2008
The action started slowly in the opening rounds, as Pacquiao chose to wait for openings, rather than attack as he had in the previous two meetings with Marquez, a natural counter-puncher. Things picked up in the middle rounds, when both fighters chose to be more agressive, throwing upwards of 70 punches per rounds. Marquez landed some significant power punches, while Pacquiao was able to continuously move around the ring, staying active with his hands and his feet. In the late rounds, Marquez's corner told him he was winning the fight, and he began to back off and reduce his level of aggression, allowing Pacquiao to take the last two rounds, clinching the decision victory.
The win was the second for Pacquiao against Marquez, with their first fight ending in a draw. Pacquiao improved to 54-3-2 overall. Marquez fell to 53-6-1 overall.
CompuBox Punch Stats: Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez - Nov. 12, 2011
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Pacquiao-Marquez IV - Dec. 8, 2012
Juan Manuel Marquez
54-4-2 (38 KO)
54-6-1 (39 KO)
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Juan Manuel Marquez
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