By Derek Bonnett: Boxing fans are never going to agree on the controversial matters which plague the sport of boxing. Hopkins was faking. Dawson pushed him down. Dawson should win. The bout should be a technical draw. Statements like these comprised the whirlwind of emotions following the inconclusive outcome handed out after the light heavyweight clash between Chad Dawson and Bernard Hopkins. When a faulty decision is rendered by the judges, we get the same dispute and throw out the word robbery. There is no way Leonard beat Hagler. Foreman clearly beat Briggs. Jose Armando Santa Cruz got screwed against Joel Casamayor. What fight were the judges watching? Some decisions live on in infamy. Some stoppages are called hasty, premature, or just flat out bullshit. Controversy exists on its own in boxing, but sometimes as fans we create more of it there than need be.
The third installment of Marquez-Pacquiao was close. In fact, I would argue each fight became progressively closer. I favored Pacquiao by two points after their first encounter. I favored the Filipino phenomenon by a single point in the rematch. Last night, I had no favorite after scoring six rounds for each man to come up with a 114-114 draw. I felt Marquez won his rounds bigger. I felt Marquez showed he learned more from their twenty-four rounds together. However, all the rounds are worth the same. Unless you win more, you can’t win. Granted there were three or four rounds, which I found hazy. I did my best to pick the deserving winner. In the end, I felt a two point swing for either fighter was a fair verdict given the nature of these narrow rounds. In the end, your fighter may have won; he may have not. However, nowhere at the MGM Grand on November 12 did I see anything which could merit the title of robbery. Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao merely established something most of us already knew: the two boxing legends are as equally match as any pair of fighters in boxing history. Pac fans will continue to support their man’s claim at superiority and Marquez supporters will insist their man was wronged on the cards. Simply put, neither side will ever be wrong.
This week’s shifts in the SecondsOut rankings are as follows:
On Friday, November 11, in Nong Khai, Thailand, Wanheng Menayothin captured a unanimous decision over Crison Omayoa in a twelve round minimumweight bout. All three judges rendered the same score of 116-111. Menayothin enhanced his ring credentials to 19-0 (5). Omayoa dropped to 11-3-1 (4).
Menayothin advanced one ranking among SecondsOut’s top 105 pound competitors. He now stands at seventh, bumping Ganigan Lopez down to eighth.
On Saturday, November 12, at MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, Manny Pacquiao was awarded a much discussed majority decision over Juan Manuel Marquez in a twelve round WBO welterweight title bout. The rubber match provided fans with the same intensity as the previous two installments and will be analyzed with the same scrutiny for years. Pacquiao won by scores of 114-114, 115-113, and 116-112. Pac-Man’s resume now reads 54-3-2 (38). Marquez now holds a ledger of 53-6-1 (39).
Given the nature of Pacquiao’s struggle with Marquez at 147 pounds and Floyd Mayweather’s considerable ease in handling the same assignment, Mayweather replaced Pacquiao as SecondsOut’s top welterweight. Pacquiao landed at number two and Marquez earned the number three spot. Sebastian Andres Lujan exits the top ten for the time being. Marquez will also hold onto his number one lightweight ranking until his future is clear.
Timothy Bradley scored an eighth round TKO of Joel Casamayor in a WBO light welterweight title bout. Casamayor was never in the fight and lost a point in the fourth round for holding. He was dropped with body shots in rounds five, six, and eight. Bradley defended his title for the fourth time in improving his dossier to 28-0 (12). Casamayor looked to have collected his last paycheck in a world championship bout and fell to 38-5-1 (22).
Bradley held onto his number two ranking at SecondsOut and continues to eye a potential showdown with Manny Pacquiao at welterweight. Mike Alvarado climbed back into the top ten after an exciting stoppage of Breidis Prescott. Zab Judah exits to accommodate Alvarado.
Juan Carlos Burgos surprised many by winning a ten round majority decision over Luis Cruz in a ten round super featherweight bout. The judges favored Burgos by tallies of 98-92, 97-93, and 95-95. Burgos improved his record to 28-1 (19). Cruz tasted defeat for the first time and fell to 19-1 (15).
Burgos, once ranked at featherweight by SecondsOut, climbed aboard the super featherweight ladder at number seven. Cruz fell from seventh to tenth. Terdsak Kokietgym is dropped from the top ten.
SecondsOut ranked fighters in action through Sunday, November 20:
On Friday, November 18:
At Hotel Jaragua, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: Argenis Mendez versus Jose Palma in a ten round super featherweight bout
On Saturday, November 19:
At Homebush Sports Centre, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia: Billy Dib versus Alberto Servidei in a twelve round IBF featherweight title bout
In Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico: Hugo Fidel Cazares versus Jhunriel Ramonal in a ten round bantamweight bout
At Estadio Centenario, Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico: Fernando Montiel versus Victor Terrazas in a twelve round super bantamweight bout
At Reliant Arena, Houston, Texas, USA: Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. versus Peter Manfredo Jr. in a twelve round WBC middleweight title bout
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November 13, 2011