The highly anticipated rematch between
Now that it's over ... we still don't know.
Pacquiao escaped with a narrow split decision Saturday night, taking advantage of a third-round knockdown to edge Marquez and capture the WBC super featherweight titles.
But was Pacquiao the better fighter? Well ...
Certainly Pacquiao, who improved to 46-3-2, deserves credit. He once again showcased uncanny power for a 130-pounder (though by virtue of adding 16 pounds since Friday's weigh-in Pacquiao checked in at 145 pounds), flattening Marquez (48-4-1) in the third round with a short left hand.
Still, Marquez showed the same warrior-like mentality he showed in the first fight between the two, surviving the third and rebounding to win the majority of the remaining rounds.
So what did we learn from Marquez-Pacquiao II? Let's take a look:
Will there be? That's the multi-million dollar question. After the fight, Pacquiao expressed a desire to move up to 135-pounds, while Marquez remains content to continue fighting at 130. Since little was decided in Part II, a third installment is required. And if Marquez wins the third fight, a fourth, deciding fight should be made.
Yes, Marquez was hoping a victory over Pacquiao would help him escape from the shadows of legendary Mexican champions
I probably won't get much support for this one, but the corruption that has plagued boxing begins with the judging. Marquez-Pacquiao II isn't a good example (two judges scored the fight 115-112 for Marquez and Pacquiao, respectively, while the third gave Pacquiao a 114-113 edge), but the boxing landscape is littered with questionable decisions. I say put the judging in the hands of reputable boxing news organizations like ESPN, The