Juan Manuel Marquez: Redemption Distilled Into A Single Punch

Juan Manuel’s Moment

Juan Manuel Marquez

Juan Manuel Marquez’s moment of redemption was swift & dramatic. – Photo Courtesy Chris Farina Top Rank Copyright 2011.

Mexico’s Juan Manuel Marquez enjoyed a moment of unadulterated redemption, positive validation & eternal satisfaction rare in today’s sporting milieu of disposable fame & fickle adoration. Few would deny him his moment in the sunshine. Marquez carried years of resentment on his expanding shoulders into the ring for his fourth & most would hazard not final clash with Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand Garden.

Rapper-turned-promoter 50 Cent, there to support his fighter Cuban featherweight Yuriorkis Gamboa, spoke on behalf of many in the sport when he said, “Yeah I saw dollar signs fly right past me,” of the devastating knockout not far from his ringside position, “but I’d still like to see that fight, Floyd and Manny. When you’re dealing with this type of talent, they’ve all got a puncher’s chance. It doesn’t take away from Manny being an excellent fighter. They all are. I don’t know about the rest of you guys, but I’d like to see [Márquez and Pacquiao] do it again. I’m still in shock.

I threw a perfect punch,” Marquez observed afterwards with not an ounce of hyperbole on the evidence seen by millions of a simply exceptional Perfect Storm of a Punch. “I knew Manny could knock me out at any time.”

Marquez claimed that Pacquiao‘s return to his aggressive style of old was something he & his team had anticipated & prepared for:

We always worked on that punch. We knew he was going to come out aggressive so we had a fight plan that was more technical. We were able to capitalize on it.”

Ironically given the controversy that engulfed their first three clashes the judges were all in agreement as to the scoring – Pacquiao was ahead 47-46 on all three scorecards after the fifth round. This was also how I had it scored.

He was in charge,” Freddie Roach said. “He just got a little too careless and got hit with a punch he didn’t see.

When asked if he’d like an opportunity to make a fifth fight with his greatest rival Pacquiao, being Pacquiao said simply, “Yes, why not?”

Matt Hamilton, for ESNewsReporting.com.

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