Juan Manuel Marquez of Mexico celebrates his knockout
victory over Manny Pacquiao of the Philippines after their
welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las
Vegas, Nevada. REUTERS/Steve Marcus
Juan Manuel Marquez has sensationally knocked out Manny
Pacquiao in the sixth round of their non-title welterweight
bout, getting his first win over the Filipino in four attempts.
The 39-year-old Mexican, who had lost twice and drawn once in
their three previous meetings, sent Pacquiao crashing to the
canvas with a stinging right hand with one second left in the
round at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The Filipino southpaw fell face first and remained motionless
for several minutes before finally getting up, smiling at
Marquez and then shaking his opponent's hand in middle of the
"We knew it was going to be a very difficult fight but we
knew it was possible to win," a beaming Marquez said ringside
after improving his record to 55-6-1 with 40 knockouts.
Pacquiao, who had been knocked down in the third round, sent
Marquez to the floor in the fifth and looked to be getting
the better of the fight until the stunning knockout.
"He's not an easy opponent," Pacquiao said after slipping to
54-5-2 with 38 knockouts.
"I did my best. I know that I got him in the last couple of
rounds but I started to be over-confident and I got hit by a
solid punch. I did not expect that punch."
Asked if he would like to fight Marquez for a fifth time,
Pacquiao replied: "Yes, why not? It's a good fight."
Watched by a sell-out crowd of 16,000 that included former
heavyweight champion Mike Tyson and basketball great Magic
Johnson, the two fighters made an energetic start with
Pacquiao establishing a slight advantage through his
lightning left jabs.
The Filipino caught the Mexican on the chin with a crunching
left in the second round and dominated early in the third
with his nimble footwork before he was stunningly sent to the
canvas by a Marquez right hook.
It was the first time Pacquiao had been knocked down by
Marquez in 39 rounds contested by the fighters.
The Filipino responded with a flurry of combinations in the
fourth round, then dropped Marquez with a straight left in
the fifth and the Mexican ended that round with a bloodied
nose after being pinned against the ropes.
Pacquiao continued to dictate the pace, repeatedly forcing
the Mexican to back-peddle before the Filipino was stunningly
knocked out late in the sixth round by a rasping Marquez