Marquez (55-6-1, 40 KOs) flattened Pacquiao with one of the best counter right hands in boxing history, a punch so perfect, so powerful that once it detonated on Pacquiao’s jaw, the Filipino superstar was out cold. Pacquiao fell flat on his face, his arms tucked under his body. Referee Kenny Bayless didn’t need to count – but he did – because Pacquiao was not moving, not getting up any time soon.
Eventually the veteran third man reached ten, stamping an emphatic victory for one of Mexico’s greatest ever champions and possibly signaling an end to one of the sport’s greatest rivalries. In one of the year’s best fights that gave birth to one of 2012’s most fantastic knockouts, Marquez erased all doubt as to who the superior fighter is.
Marquez knocked Pacquiao down with a powerful overhand right in the third and it seemed at that point that Marquez might be able to pull off the minor upset. Pacquiao rose to his feet but he was very wobbly. Marquez didn’t rush in and instead countered the woozy congressman’s attacks. But like all three previous battles, Pacquiao was too tough and too excellent to lose and fought his way back into the fight.
Marquez played it safely in the fourth, but when he opened his arsenal a bit too much in the fifth, a rejuvenated Pacquiao delivered his trademark lead left hand. The punch sent Marquez sprawling backward and eventually down. Like always, the war was on.
The two welterweights ripped into each other and traded bombs in every corner of the ring. Like so many previous wars the two have fought in, it was a virtual phone booth with every punch able to end the fight. Both were wobbled, both were staggered, and both landed ferocious shots. Each gave as good as they got which made for one of the best displays of sheer willpower and killer instinct in years.