Manny Pacquiao had beaten and bloodied Juan Manuel Marquez all night, but all it took was one viscous blow in the sixth round for Marquez to end the fight.
A right hand at the end of the sixth round sent Manny Pacquiao to the mat, putting an end to the fourth bout between the boxers.
The bout was hard-fought to the end, The Associated Press noted, with each boxer knocking the other to the canvas. Pacquiao was down in the third round, but knocked Marquez to the canvas in the fifth. The sixth round saw heavy blows landed by each boxer until Marquez caught Pacquaio with a right hand that sent him face down at 2:59.
The referee waived the fight to an end as the MGM erupted. It took about two minutes before Manny Pacquiao could get back to his feet.
“I threw a perfect punch,” Marquez said. “I knew Manny could knock me out at any time.”
After losing two straight close and controversial bouts to Manny Pacquiao, Juan Manuel Marquez had vowed to beat the fighter soundly. Through much of the first five rounds it appeared that this bout would end in the same result, as Pacquiao pounded Marquez and landed many big left hands.
But the fast right hand in the sixth ended the bout.
“I got hit by a punch I didn’t see,” Pacquiao said.
The big right hand from Juan Manuel Marquez signaled the end of the fight, but it will not be the end of Manny Pacquaio’s career, USA Today noted. The Filipino boxer said he has not plans to retire.