LAS VEGAS — Boxing’s pound-for-pound king Manny Pacquiao (53-3-2), age 32, puts his WBO World Welterweight Title on the line this evening against 38-year-old Juan Manuel Marquez (53-5-1) at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The two fighters have met twice before with the first fight in 2004 ending in a draw and then Pacquiao winning a split decision nearly four years later in 2008.
ProMMAnow.com (www.prommanow.com) will provide LIVE results and punch-by-punch round-by-round commentary of tonight’s fight. Press F5 on your keyboard to refresh the page as results will be updated in real time following each round of action.
UPDATE: Here’s the Pacquiao vs. Marquez III fight video.
Manny Pacquiao vs. Juan Manuel Marquez
Round 1 – Here we go folks. Right from Pacquiao scores first. Left hook from Marquez scores. Left jab. Double right jab from Manny. Left to the body from Marquez. A right gets through for Manny. Left jab Marquez. Nice counters to the body from Marquez. Left from Manny. Marquez swings big and misses. Manny with a one two. PMN scores it 10-9 Manny.
Round 2 – Nice jabs from Manny. They’ve been stepping on each other’s feet quite a bit. Nothing much landing yet. Marquez lands the best shot of the round so far as Manny ducks inside. Big body shot with a left and a right to the head from Marquez. A right on the chin from Marquez. Manny attacking with a one two and another one. So fast. Marquez with a left and a right hook. PMN scores it 10-9 for Marquez.
Round 3 – Right hook from Manny. Jab from Manny. Uppercut from Marquez. Manny is the one coming forward. Left from Manny. Manny dodges an uppercut. Left counter from Marquez. Left to the body, right to the head from Marquez. Double jab from Manny. Manny chasing him. Body shot Marquez. Right from Manny. A left. Nice right from Manny and a left at the bell. Close round PMN scores it 10-9 for Manny.
Round 4 – Nice left from Marquez. One two from Manny. He covers up as Marquez throws a one two. Manny pushing forward lands a counter right. Right to the body from Marquez. Nice left hook to the body from Marquez, again. Again. Marquez scoring the more significant shots this round. Left to the body again from Marquez. One two from Manny. Left to the head from Marquez and a right on the chin scores big for Marquez. PMN scores the round 10-9 Marquez.
Round 5 – Manny working the jab. He covers up as Marquez throws a big right. Nice left from Marquez snaps Manny’s head back. One two from Manny and Marquez makes him miss. Nice right from Marquez. Left from Marquez. Big big right from Marquez and he makes Manny miss in return. Right hand from Manny. Marquez ducks a hook. Big right from Marquez on the chin. The crowd cheers for Juan Manuel. PMN scores the round 10-9 Marquez.
Round 6 – Manny just hasn’t been able to get inside. Sharp jab from Marquez. Jab to the body from both fighters. Right to the body from Marquez. Left from Manny. Big one two to the body from Marquez. He makes Manny miss and counters perfectly. Manny counters him now scoring with a combo. Two rights from Marquez. Left from Marquez. Body shot from Marquez. PMN scores the round 10-9 Marquez.
Round 7 – Right to the body from Marquez, huge right to the chin from Marquez. Manny attacks but Marquez makes him miss. Great left counter to the body from Marquez. A left counter to the head from Marquez scores loudly. Left counter from Marquez as Manny attacks. A straight left from Manny scores. Left hook to the body from Marquez, a right hand. Right hook from Manny, a left. Manny is getting aggressive with crazy angles. Uppercut and a right from Marquez. Crazy fight! PMN scores the round 10-9 Marquez.
Round 8 – Freddie Roach told Manny he’s falling behind. Nacho tells Juan to keep his hands up. This is what boxing is all about. Not the last two big pay per views. Left to the body from Marquez. Nice right counter from Marquez. Short right from Manny. Left from Marquez. Manny with a combo. Left straight from Marquez snaps Manny’s head back. Nice left from Manny. PMN scores the round 10-9 Marquez. — Marquez just seems to have Manny figured out tonight.
Round 9 – Under two minutes left in the round. Right from Manny. Nice counter from Manny. Manny misses with a couple of combos. They exchange a big flurry with both guys scoring. Manny lands big and Marquez scores with a left. One two to the body from Marquez and the crowd erupts on their feet as the bell sounds. PMN scores the round 10-9 for Manny.
Round 10 – Manny looks to be fresher right now. Combo from Marquez scores. Right hook from Manny. Uppercut from Manny, they exchange with a big combo. Manny seems to be gaining on him as the fight gets into the championship rounds. Nice right from Manny. Left hook from Marquez. Marquez’s attack has slowed. Hopefully he’s not trying to coast in. Big exchange. Close round. PMN scores the round 10-9 Manny.
Round 11 – Left from Manny. Body shot from Marquez. One two three counter from Manny. Right from Marquez. Manny misses with a combo. Right from Manny. Right from Pacquiao. Left counter from Marquez. PMN scores the round for Marquez 10-9.
Round 12 – Right to the body from Manny. Manny doesn’t seem himself tonight, he’s not letting go. Ref calls time as Manny’s mouthpiece falls out. Less than a minute to go. Combo from Marquez. He dodges a Pacquiao hook. Manny lands a big shot on the button. Manny attacks with ten seconds left but this fight is over and he likely lost his first fight since 2005. PMN scores the round 10-9 Manny.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Manny Pacquiao def. Juan Manuel Marquez by majority decision (114-114, 115-113, 116-112) Rd 12 (3:00)
Manny may have won but it was by no means a dominant performance. And like their previous bouts it was razor close. Personally I thought Marquez had it. The crowd boos Manny after the result is announced. Marquez deserves a lot of credit. The crowd is not happy.
Manny said after the fight he thought he clearly won. Promoter Bob Arum said he’s determined to have a decisive winner and wants to do it again and says “It will set all monetary records.” — Obviously that is his main concern. Manny sure did not look like he felt like he won, he definitely did not look happy.