Pacquiao-Marquez: Fight blog
Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez
Both fighters come out and Marquez still looks wobbled. Manny is pushing the pace and Manny is pushing the pace. Manny lands some powerful left hooks but Marquez with some counters of his own. Manny’s head fakes are setting up a lot of his strikes; Marquez is keeping it close with counters though. Marquez is eating a lot of punches though. At the end of the round Marquez knocks out Pacquiao, who is OUT.
Official Result: Marquez wins by KO as the bell can not save him.
Manny’s movement isn’t nearly as pronounced as it was in the first four rounds; he’s still moving but not nearly as fast or as often. Pacquiao is throwing much more often now; Marquez is countering less and engaging more. Pacquiao scores a knockdown as Marquez’s glove touches the mat and it’s a standing eight. Big right from Marquez and Manny is wobbled but still standing. Both guys are going toe to toe without any qualms. Manny with a big right and Pacquiao pours it on at the end of the fifth. Manny backs him into the corner and the two are throwing down. Fight ends with Marquez in the corner and Pacquiao landing heavy.
Score: Pacquiao 10-8
Score So far: Pacquiao 47-46
Manny isn’t nearly as active throwing even with his movement; Marquez is throwing more and throwing it more confidently, too. Marquez is using straight rights as Pacquiao is more cautious at this point. Marquez is working the body and making Pacquiao come to him, setting up counters to the body. Manny with a nice combination with 30 seconds left; he’s thrown a number of uppercuts as well. Wild exchange to end this round as well. Absolute war so far.
Score: Marquez 10-9
Score So far: Marquez 38-37
Manny comes out pumping the jab more, looking to throw big lefts much more. He’s not moving his head as much this ground but Marquez isn’t throwing to counter, either. His upper body movement and feet movement are still there and he’s landing some nice straight lefts in the opening minute. Marquez responds with some nice body shots; he’s throwing hooks to the body and avoiding the head with all this movement. BIG right hand from Marquez at 1:45 in the round Manny goes down. Standing eight count. First time Marquez has been able to do so. After the knockdown he’s much more defensive. Round ends as they are throwing fast and furious.
Score: 10-8 Marquez
Score So far: 28-28 Even
Marquez comes out more active this round as Pacquiao is pushing a hard pace still. Pacquiao is using head movement and Marquez is a little hesitant; he’s letting Manny throw significantly more. The crowd is profoundly pro-Marquez. Manny connects with some great lefts and Marquez isn’t responding. Manny’s movement is causing Marquez to freeze a little bit; he hasn’t found his groove to counter him but he is landing to the body in kind. Marquez ends the round with a nice body shot.
Score: 10-9 Pacquiao
Score So far: 20-18 Pacquiao
Pacquiao comes out firing out of the gate and Marquez is there with him. No feeling out, no waiting to see what happens. Manny’s head movement is really strong as Manny works the body early and Marquez is finding his groove on the counter. Manny’s movement overall is much better than their fight a year ago; he’s connecting more than he did in their prior fight. This is a fast pace; Manny is the aggressor as Marquez is trying to feel him out more.
Score: 10-9 Pacquiao
Yuriorkis Gamboa vs. Michael Farenas
The final round has more pushing, and hugging, but most interestingly, Gamboa is finally cut over his right eye! No telling if it came from a headbutt or punch, but we've got to guess headbutt. Gamboa has put on a decent show for a boxer who spent 14 months away from the ring. Gamboa closes this fight by throwing some nice left hooks, but does not seem to be throwing punches with any intention of ending this fight. Understandable as he must know the cards are in his favor. Farenas also seems resigned to the results and this round ends with a whimper.
Score: 10-9 Gamboa, 116-110 Gamboa
Official Result: Gamboa wins via unanaimous decision (117-109, 118-108, 117-108)
Early in the 11th, Gamboa is caught for pushing down Farenas, forcing him to the mat. The ref backs off Gamboa and stands Farenas up ruling no knockdown. Farenas is getting a bit more dodgy, finding a way to work in more head movement, but Gamboa is still managing to land a decent number of blows including tow stiff right hooks that have been the most powerful punches of this round. Gamboa has some tape dangling off the wrist of his glove, but that will be fixed ebtween rounds.
Score: 10-9 Gamboa, 106-101 Gamboa
Farenas has established himself as the counter-puncher, but that forces him to wait for Gamboa to punch first. And Gamboa has been quite effective this evenint. Gamoba continue to pick up where he left off before the knockdown and Farenas is not being as successful with finding a way to stop him. No one seems to be in danger of being knocked out and this fight will likely go the distance.
Score: 10-9 Gamboa, 96-92 Gamboa
Gamboa is actually doing a better job of keeping his hands up. He's trying to box a little bit more and he successfully forces Farenas into the corner. With 1:30 on the clock, Gamboa unleashes everything he has on Farenas swinging wildly and leaving himself quite open. Farenas counters with a straight left and BOOM, Gamboa hits the canvas. Could this be the start of a comeback?
Score: 10-8 Farenas, 86-83 Gamboa
Farenas yanks Gamboa down to the canvas to open the round and the ref is forced yet again to rule no knockdown. Gamboa stands up and goes headhunting. He lands a few good strikes and the fight continues. Gamboa returns to bodywork and puts a solid hurt on Farenas' midsection. Farenas delivers some decent straight shots and attempt to takover the fight with a flurry targetting Gamboa on the ropes, but Gamboa avoids most of the shots and stays in control.
Score: 10-9 Gamboa, 78-73 Gamboa
Remember how we were saying Gamboa was getting tired of this? This is no longer a boxing match. Gamboa opens round 7 with extreme aggression throwing 20-30 punches in the opening seconds. He overwhelms Farenas to the point where Farenas' knees buckle and his glove hit the ground. That's a knockdown folks. Farenas takes his standing 8 and comes out trying to get a KO back. Gamboa does slip and hit the canvas, but the ref rules no KO.
Score: 10-8 Gamboa, 68-64 Gamboa
Gamboa seems to be tiring of this fight. He is coming forward more frequently and has the look in his eye that he wants to land that KO blow. Manny Pacquiao is watching Farenas fight from his locker room and being a countryman of Farenas can not love what he is seeing. Farenas is beginning to look sluggish but still lands a huge left. Gamboa keeps stalking farenas around the ring and with his hands down eats another left. Gamboa's bravado may be getting him into trouble again and few significant stirke were landed by him this round. The fight may night be in Farenas' favor, but we can give him this round.
Score: 10-9 Farenas, 58-55 Gamboa
The pace has slowed down a bit. Farenas is still looking to damage Gamboa with hard straight punches, while Gamboa has been picking his spots to delivers crowd-pleasing and judge-pleasing flurries. At this point Gamboa's activity is winning him points, especially considering the earlier knockdown. Farenas is throwing hard punches, but not landing enough cumulatively in the round to earn the knockdown back or significantly slow Gamboa.
Score: 10-9 Gamboa, 49-45 Gamboa
Left to the body, left up the middle. Farenas is getting nasty. Gamboa is taking these blows like a champ, but no man can suffer these kind of blows for 12 round. Farenas is doing a better job of defending if only becuase his bloodied eyes need protecting. Gamboa is spending quite a bit of time fighting with his hands down at his side and another headbutt creates a dicey situation, but Farenas deserves to take this round.
Score: 10-9 Farenas, 39-36 Gamboa
Gamboa smells blood. Farenas has a cut over his eye and if we didn't have much blood before, after a headbutt one minute in, Farenas is cut over both eyes. Gamboa applies more pressure forcing Farenas against the ropes, but Farenas is aware that he may be in trouble. He delivers 2 hard lefts tot eh body of Gamboa. Audibly hard. Again, Gamboa reacts by attacking nailing Farenas with a hard left. Gamboa is still dealing the most damage, even though this fight is vastly more competitive than the last.
Score: 10-9 Gamboa, 30-26 Gamboa
Early in round 2, Farenas nails Gamboa with a hard left. That hard left seemed to have flipped Gamboa's on switch. When he was hit, he raged forward throwing at least 8 punches back and Farenas seeking to immediately even the score. Many of these punches missed, but Gamboa turns the table mid rounds instigating another flurry of body shots. Farenas clearly feels these and jabs Gamboa away, but Gamboa launches another combination and Farenas finds himself on the canvas as the round closes.
Score: 10-8 Gamboa, 20-17 Gamboa
New fight and new energy, both fighters seem like they are ready to put on a show and Gamboa is doing his best to establish a jab. Farenas on the other hand is lunging in trying to break bast Gamboa's guard. Neither man is finding too much success, but it is early and they seem to feeling out each other quite well. A very even round, but Gamboa may have eked it out.
Score: 10-9 Gamboa
Miguel Vazquez vs. Mercito Gesta
"After this, the fight will be over" is never something you want to have announced during your fight. Vazquez is still dancing fresh as a daisy, and Gesta... well Gesta is being Gesta. Again, he's not a bad boxer, but definitely being outclassed here and in no way should be a part of this PPV right now. Vazquez has tactically taken him apart and it will be shocking if Gesta has more than 2 rounds on anyone's scorecard.
Score: 10-9 Vazquez, 120-108 Vazquez
Official Result: Vazquez via unanimous decision (117-111, 119-109, 118-110)
A learning experience. That is what people are calling this for Gesta. Gesta is still throwing punches but there are almost all missing a left hook early in the round grazes Vazquez, but Vazquez return the favor with a left that actually connects. Vazquez keeps dodging and weaving, but it's not needed, Gesta will not make it back into this fight.
Score: 10-9 Vazquez, 110-99 Vazquez
Hey look, it's another shot of Mitt Romney. Good for HBO on switching this up. We needed to see something new. Hey, there's Magic Johnson. Not kidding folks, this has become our entertainment. Seems like everyone is looking forward to the next fight despite this one not being done. Vazquez still looks fresh and Gesta is being out classed.
Score: 10-9 Vazquez, 100-90 Vazquez
Gesta lands his strongest punches of the fight during this round, but you actually have the commentators making jokes saying that when they are this silent for this long it is because the same thing is happening over and over again. Yes, this fight has become a broken record and no one has suggested that has what it takes to change that.
Score: 10-9 Vazquez, 90-81 Vazquez
Round 7 & 8:
Vazquez is sticking with the same game plan and it works for round 7, but in round 8, Gesta seems to be showing some life increasing his punch count at least twofold and putting Vazquez on his heels for the first time. It may be a stretch but round 8 may finally be where Gesta has turned the corner. That doesn't mean that we think Gesta is going to take this fight though, or that he took the round. Just call it wishful thinking.
Score so far: 80-72 Vazquez
Vazquez is moving quickly throwing 3 adn 4 punch combinations to keep Gesta off balance. He is varying between the head adn the body, couasing Gesta to not know where the next punch is coming. Gesta is throwing flurries of his own, but most of these fail to connect and are not thrown with nearly enough power. Gesta is showing some fighting spirit, but by no means has he turned the tide in this fight.
Score: 10-9 Vazquez
Score so far: 60-54 Vazquez
5th verse, same as the first 4, Gesta does not seem comfortable at all in the ring and now we have to severly wonder just how long Vazquez is going to let this go. Vazquez is using this bout for sparring practice. He's landing punches at will, at a total of 5% of his power punches landed through 5 rounds. That alone tells you who is winning and will win this fight.
Score: 10-9 Vazquez
Score so far: 50-45 Vazquez
Gesta lands one solid right hand. Considering he is not a knockout puncher, he should be applauded, but it makes no sense as far as getting him back into this fight. Vazquez is dancing circles around Gesta lands punches at will, even stringing together 4-5 punch combinations. To Vazquez's detriment, he isn't seeking a knockout punch to end this. This makes sense considering Gesta is still somewhat fresh, but if Gesta is punished soon, he may try to pull a Hyland and sneak his way back into this fight.
Score: 10-9 Vazquez, 40-36 Vazquez
Gesta is on cocky fighter. As we've stated, Gesta is clearly behind, but he is waving Vazquez on asking him to come in and fight. Isn't this supposed to be happening the other way around? Vazquez lands a strong left cross and continues to dominate this fight. It's almost the same story as the Fortuna fight, but even more obvious.
Score: 10-9 Vazquez, 30-27 Vazquez
Rounds 1 & 2:
Vazquez and Gesta have been fighting at two different speeds. Vazquez is fighting like a sports car and Gesta is fighting like a jalopy. Gesta's corner is making it very clear to him that to this point he has not showed up for this fight. That may explain him only landing 1 punch in all of round 2. Without beleaguering the scoreboard, let's see if Gesta can make this more interesting come round 3.
Score so far: 20-18 Vazquez
Javier Fortuna vs. Patrick Hyland
Can Hyland knock out Fortuna to win? He starts out jabbing with his left and then brings the left down throwing a hook to Fortuna's body. Fortuna is being very evasive as if he has been coached to play "keep-away". Halfway through Fortuna decides to mount an attack. He throws some combination to Hyland's head before Hyland pulls him in for a hug. Hyland tries to sneak in some gut punches before the ref breaks them up, but with Fortuna opening up at the end of the fight, this fight is over.
Score: 10-9 Fortuna, 117-111 Fortuna
Official Result: Fortuna wins via unanimous decision (118-110, 116-112, 115-113)
Both fighters seem to have returned to their cautious ways and the punch output in this round is way down. Fortuna's corner seems to have managed the cut above his eye quite well, not that it was ever much of a bleeder. This will be the first time Fortuna ever goes to the 12th round and barring being knocked down, we can't really see a way in which the final round can cost him. Hyland has not been aggressive enough and is not fighting with any urgency.
Score: 10-9 Fortuna, 107-102 Fortuna
Fortuna keeps pressing the action and Hyland aggress from close range by throwing shots at Fortuna's body. Hyland seems to have some pep back in his step and is dancing again. Fortuna gets over aggressive and pulls on Hyland's head again at which point Hyland throws Fortuna to the canvas again. The ref notes to Fortuna that he is the one causing this problem and that if he does it again a point will be deducted. Hyland starts to delivers some power blows as the round closes adn may very well have punctuated one of his few winning rounds.
Score: 10-9 Hyland, 97-93 Fortuna
This fight is getting dirty, after Fortuna's low blow on Hyland earlier in the figh, Hyland throws Fortuna down to the canvas 1 minute into this round. Then within 30 seconds of Fortuna resuming the fight, Hyland blasts Fortuna in the groin. Fortuna grimaces in his corner before coming out to continue. And he's pissed. Fortuna takes over the fight, boxing like a mad man. Hyland stops him with a strong hook, and Fortuna may have gotten away with a knockdown called a slip by the ref, but Fortuna takes this round.
Score: 10-9 Fortuna, 88-83 Fortuna
Hyland is taking charge of this fight, mostly due to Fortuna's fatigue. Fortuna is still fighting cockily, hands down at his side, but Fortuna is not dealign the same damage or throwing as many punches as before. Hyland is landing some nice 1-2 blows to the body, further challenging Fortuna. Could Hyland sneak all the way back into this fight?
Score: 10-9 Hyland, 78-74 Fortuna
Hyland has found the No-Doz. He's gotten some pep in his step and is matching Fortuna's pace. On a side note, Mitt Romney is in the crowd, sitting by Sergio Martinez. That's is almost as exciting as this fight. Especially when you consider Hyland's speed up is really Fortuna's slow down. Regardless after coming close last round, this round we'll finally give Hyland the nod.
Score: 10-9 Hyland, 69-64 Fortuna
Fortuna had been slowing down, but Hyland is finally forcing him to speed up slightly. Slightly... Hyland is throwing more to Fortuna's body, and is even landing a few more punches than in previous round, but when is comes down to it he is STILL not matching Fortuna's output. And Fortuna's output is not that high. If Hyland thinks Fortuna is going to spend his gas tank, he is sorely mistaken.
Score: 10-9 Fortuna, 60-54 Fortuna
Let the taunting begin! Fortuna has dropped his hands below his waist trying to draw Hyland into a brawl. Hyland for the most part is not biting and that's not a good thing. He's so obviously behind that he desperately needs to attempt some kind of an assault. Fortuna dances along the outside of the ring, stepping in to deliver a few punches, but he is less aggressive than previous rounds. The punches are thrown with less steam, but Fortuna is still landing many more than Hyland.
Score: 10-9 Fortuna, 50-45 Fortuna
Fortuna is still the man in the driver's seat and he's taking Hyland for a ride. It's sad to see Hyland fighting so hard to make this a technical fight without imposing any kind of a game plan. Fortuna's speed is evident and he keeps spotting his shots with his right jab and punishing Hyland with the left. Hyland is maintaining the center of the ring, but he is grabbing and holding Hyland to slow down the action. Fortuna still owns this.
Score: 10-9 Fortuna, 40-36 Fortuna
Fortuna clocks Hyland in the groin in the first 15 seconds. Hyland takes about 40 seconds to recover and we're back at it. Fortuna is delivering soid tight right hooks tot he body and Hyland is being forced to open up in order to keep pace. Fortuna is still outpunching Hyland by at least 2-to-1. Hyland starts to establish his jab in the later stages, but he only manages to take control when Fortuna slows.
Score: 10-9 Fortuna, 30-27 Fortuna
Fortuna delivers extremely high aggression in the opening salvo of this round. Hyland defends decently, but Fortuna seems to be going for broke. Did his confidence increase after round 1? Hyland delivers some very nice counter punches, but Fortuna is still trying to turn this into more of a brawl. Fortuna is respecting Hyland as the round draws late, and the tactical battle will continue despite his wishes.
Score: 10-9 Fortuna, 20-18 Fortuna
A very slow first round with both fighters looking for range and a possible opening. Fortuna is doing what he can to muster and occasional attack with infrequent combinations. Hyland is being VERY defensive and only attacks Fortuna's body as a matter of countering. Should this fight go 12 rounds, those body shots may add up in the long run. The aggression peaks at the end of the round, just as the bell sounds.
Score: 10-9 Fortuna
Manny Pacquiao (58-4-2 38 KOs) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1, 39 KOs)
Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0, 16 KOs) vs. Michael Farenas (33-3-4, 25 KOs)
Miguel Vazquez (32-3, 13 KOs) vs. Mercito Gesta (26-0-1, 14 KOs)
Javier Fortuna (20-0, 15 KOs) vs. Patrick Hyland (27-0, 12 KOs)