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Round-by-Round Analysis: Manny Pacquiao Defeats Juan Manuel Marquez

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By Nick Tywalk

We're almost set to see the third, and most likely final, meeting between Manny Pacquiao and Juan Manuel Marquez. The MGM Grand in Las Vegas is the venue, and the HBO crew of Jim Lampley, Emanuel Steward and Max Kellerman is on hand to call all the action.

A video package narrated by Lampley sets the stage perfectly. Pacquiao went 1-0-1 in the first two bouts despite losing more than half the rounds thanks to a total of four knockdowns. Marquez wants redemption, Pac-Man wants to get the decisive win that has eluded him thus far.

The atmosphere is electric, with a DJ getting the fans psyched up. But Michael Buffer calms things down to pay tribute to the late, great Joe Frazier. A memorial 10 count is held for Smokin' Joe, followed by a video tribute. Three national anthems are up next, for the Philippines (Maria Aragon), Mexico (Christian Castro) and the United States (Thia Megia).

The tale of the tape shows that the two fighters are almost even in height and reach. Marquez is actually two pounds heavier tonight at 150 pounds. JMM is six years older at 38, which may or may not turn out to be significant.

Marquez makes his ring walk first, accompanied by a traditional Mexican band. The former featherweight and super featherweight and current lightweight titleholder is 53-5-1 in his Hall of Fame career with 39 KOs. His only previous appearance at this weight was his one-sided loss to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in 2009.

Decked in his Nike logo gear, Pacquiao comes out second. His music begins with "Thunderstruck" as a tribute to the late Arturo Gatti and transitions to "Eye of the Tiger" with Jimi Jamison singing the lyrics live. Pac-Man is 53-3-2 with 38 knockouts as a pro, with his last defeat coming back in 2005 at the hands of Erik Morales.

Buffer is on point with his formal fighter introductions. The referee tonight is Tony Weeks. We're finally ready for a scheduled 12 rounds of action in the third chapter of this trilogy.

Round 1

They study each other from long range. Manny flicks some probing jabs. JMM feints in response. He tests his jab up the middle. Good defense by both men. Soccer chant going through the crowd. Left hand to the body by Pac-Man, then one to the head. Left to the body by Marquez. Good exchange with body shots landing both ways. Manny just misses a left. Left hands upstairs by both men. Big miss by JMM and a counter by Pac-Man. Uppercut and left hand by Manny, then some body shots by Marquez.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 2

Boos from the fans for some reason. Manny reaches with some jabs. Left hand by Manny lands down the middle. Triple jab and more lefts from Pac-Man. JMM lands a counter right, his best weapon. Manny touches JMM to the body. Marquez fires the uppercut, a body shot and another uppercut. Counter right scores for JMM as well. Manny rushes in for a left and chases Marquez a bit. Hooks both ways in the final 10 seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Marquez
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 3

Marquez comes up and under with right hands as Manny throws lefts up high. Pac-Man lands a left as they circle. Swings and misses by both fighters. Right hand by JMM and Manny bangs his gloves together. Left hand to the head by Pacquiao. Marquez tries to press the issue a bit. He jabs to the body. Both men miss staright shots by just a bit. Right hook by Manny, best punch of the fight so far. More head shots by Pac-man right at the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Marquez

Round 4

Harold Lederman has it 2-1 for Manny so far. JMM tries the left hook as he backs away. One-two upstairs from Pacquiao; Marquez tries to respond in kind. They touch gloves after a near head butt. Manny partially dodges a left hook. Combination by Manny as he comes forward. Marquez goes to the body with his right, following with a left. Manny pops the left as he dances. JMM is looking for body shots often. Pac-Man lands a short left while moving. Double hooks by Marquez, and they both connect with hard shots as the round ends.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 5

No knockdowns and just a few explosive moments through four frames. JMM steps in for some hard body shots. Pacquiao jabs and keeps coming. Marquez uses an uppercut to keep Pac-man at bay. Both men are reaching from range. Right hand from Marquez. The fans try to get him going. Both men score with jabs. Hard right hand by JMM knocks Pac-Man back, and they look to trade. Good hooks by both boxers. Right and a one-two upstairs for Marquez.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Marquez
Parker: 10-9 Marquez

Round 6

Marquez looked very comfortable in that last frame. Pacquiao looks a little flummoxed right now as he tries to find a way in. Jabs to the body both ways. Left by Pac-man is blocked. Right to the body by JMM. Two more come a few seconds later. Manny comes in and eats a right to the chin. Manny lands a left and a right hook as the action heats up. Marquez doubles the right and both men connect with hooks. manny tries the body and some more hooks. Right hook by Pacquiao but Marquez responds with double body blows. Close round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Marquez
Parker: 10-9 Marquez

Round 7

Lederman gave Manny the last round and has him up 4-2. Feints both ways, and Marquez lands a strong right. Pacquiao scrambles but can't find the range with his left. JMM goes to the body and steps away, then uses a sneaky left to the head. Body shot by Marquez is a little low. Pacquiao knocks Marquez back with a left and two rights. Marquez strafes Manny with right hands. Pacquiao tries to throw while he moves, but Marquez settles behind his uppercut.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Marquez
Parker: 10-10

Round 8

Nothing of note lands in the first 30 seconds. Pacquiao appears to be bleeding from the mouth. Both fighters score with right hands. Manny keeps his guard high to block right hands. JMM ducks a Pacquiao rush and ties him up. Uppercut and right hand from Marquez. He reaches to the body and surprises Pacquiao by throwing first. Manny is just a hair off with his left. Right by Marquez. He lands a jab too. A left by Pac-Man lands at the bell.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Marquez
Parker: 10-9 Marquez

Round 9

Lederman has it 5-3 Pacquiao; I have it the exact opposite. Pacquiao blocks tow shots and comes in with a left. Marquez swings wildly after landing a right to the back of the head. Marquez flurries to the head and body. Both men land inside. Manny tries some right hooks. Marquez comes in so they can exchange. They clinch several times to slow the pace. Left by Pacquiao and Marquez tries to answer. Manny lands with both hands and they scramble again. Good action in the final 15 seconds.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 10

This is shaping up to be another scoring nightmare. We'll see if anyone can put a stamp on this in the championship rounds. Manny tries to come forward and is grabbed around the waist. Hard shots by both men, and JMM is tripped to the mat. Right hook by Pacquiao, but Marquez answers with two rights. Steward wants to know why JMM isn't stepping on the gas. Lampley says Manny is cut above the right eye. Short right by JMM and a clubbing left hook by Manny. Both men land from close range in another close round.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Marquez
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 11

The commission rules that the Pacquiao cut was cause by a head butt. The fans chant for both men as they fall into a clinch. Manny turuns counter-puncher for a moment. Pacquiao lands two shots as Marquez fires back with an uppercut. Short right hook by Pac-Man. JMM lands a left-right combo pretty flush. Hooks on the inside as they rotate around each other. Right hand by JMM.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Marquez
Parker: 10-9 Pacquiao

Round 12

Could Marquez be in the driver's seat coming home? It appears that may be the case. Very tentative first minute. Left hand lead by Pac-Man. Marquez flurries but mostly misses. Left by Manny as he ducks away. Big miss by Pac-man hopping in. Both men trying to time each other. Manny's mouthpiece flies out and the action is paused. Forty seconds left. Overhand right by Marquez. Left hand by Manny, not sure why JMM fought so conservatively to close things out.

Tylwalk: 10-9 Pacquiao
Parker: 10-9 Marquez

Tylwalk: 115-113 Marquez
Parker: 115-114 Pacquiao

The judges score it 114-114 and 115-113 and 116-112 for Pacquiao. The winner... and still WBO welterweight titleholder... Manny "Pac-Man" Pacquiao.

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