Marquez puts Pacquiao and large payday to rest

Juan Manuel Marquez said goodnight and goodbye to the fight  everyone thought they wanted to see Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather with a straight right hand that knocked Pacquiao out at the 2:59 mark of the sixth  round.

That right hand also stopped the richest payday in boxing history as the shine is diminished if a Pacquiao/Mayweather fight were to ever  happen. Pacquiao no longer looks invincible as he once did as he lost his last  two fights. Even if you gave him a pass for the farce of a decision against Timothy  Bradley Jr. that he clearly won, there is no sugar coating this knockout.

All three judges had Pacquiao up 47 – 46, when he was  knocked cold and that may be the only marketing point left to make the Mayweather  fight and salvage a high payday, but to Bob Arums dismay, the 50/50 split in purse is gone. In fact, don’t be surprised if Mayweather asks for an even larger percent of the pie.

But let’s live in the moment and talk about Marquez, the man  who finally got a bit of redemption against the man that has kept him up at night. In their previous three fights, Pacquiao was 2 – 0 – 1 against Marquez with two of those fights being very controversial decisions.

However on this night, Marquez was not about to let the judges have any decision. He knocked Pacquiao down early, the first time Pacquiao had  tasted the canvas in this duel. But Pacquiao not to be out done, sent Marquez  to the canvas also.

This knockout leaves a lot to question: What’s next for  Marquez? Will he want to fight Mayweather knowing Mayweather will insist on steroid tests? Who will Pacquiao fight next if he fights again? A lot to be answered in the weeks to come for both of these gentlemen, either way you can bet that Mayweather will come into play.


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