Pacquiao Marquez 2 II – Rematch Round By Round. Check back for fight updates on fight day.
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Round 7: Marquez picks up right where he left off and lands a solid left jab. Manny with a combination. Since being knocked down Marquez has fought a much better fight than he did early. They butt heads and Marquez is bleeding. The ref rules it accidental. Marquez comes right back on the attack. And then Manny comes back and now they’re just exchanging shots. A rough exchange would seem to favor Manny, but Marquez actually looked a little bit stronger at the end of it. A right hand sends Manny back and then Manny comes back with a couple of strong jabs. A very close round that I’ll give to Marquez, 10-9.
Round 8: Both fighters have cuts around the eyes; I think Manny’s cut is a little bit worse. A big right hand from Marquez. And then another. Manny’s right eye is bleeding profusely. Manny is protecting the right eye and that can open up his ribs. Marquez lands a big left hook on that injured eye. Manny goes on the attack but Marquez is ready for it. A couple of solid punches to Manny’s face. Manny gets out of the round OK, but that eye is bleeding badly. Marquez, 10-9. Manny’s cut man has a hard job ahead of him.
Round 9: Both fighters are starting to look exhausted, and the first minute of the round doesn’t have much action. And then a hard punch from pacquiao. Marquez goes for a hard right hand to pacquiao’s face, and the blood is flowing. But then Manny lands a straight left, his best punch in the last couple of rounds. Manny goes to the inside, Marquez answers, it’s a close round. Pacquiao went off-balance for a moment, and now the referee has stopped the fight to check the cut on Marquez’s eye. Manny opened up a big cut with a solid left hand. It’s a very hard-fought round that I’ll give to Pacquiao, 10-9.
Round 10: Marquez is staggered with an early shot from Manny! Marquez somehow stayed on his feet despite a brutal assault from Pacquiao. And now Marquez comes back with a couple of punches of his own. Manny is having a very good first minute of this round. Now Marquez’s cuts look worse than Manny’s. The TV announcers are saying Marquez’s cuts could cause the fight to get stopped. Marquez lands a right but for the most part this has been Mannys’ round.
Round 11: The cut on Marquez’s eye looks very bad. Pacquiao has been landing the harder shots in the last couple of rounds. Manny’s eye is looking pretty good. The ref warns Marquez about low blows but doesn’t take a point away. Manny has a couple of good lefts and corners Marquez, but Marquez gets out of it and forces the fight back into the center of the ring.
Round 12 – They trade rights. Big right for Marquez. Marquez to the body. Marquez jabbing. Pacquiao goes to the body. Pacquiao with an uppercut and a right hand. Marquez outboxing Pacquiao with right hands and counter lefts. Marquez drives Pacquiao back with a solid combo of punches and lands another. Marquez with another combo of punches. Marquez wins the final round on my card. I believe that I have Marquez qinning the fight by a point.
Manny Pacquiao Wins by Split Decision over Juan Manuel MArquez 115-112, 112-115, 114-113