There was a big fight in the combat sports world last night (Sat., Nov. 12, 2011) and I'm not talking about Cain Velasquez vs. Junior dos Santos for the UFC heavyweight championship on FOX.
No, boxing great and pound-for-pound stalwart Manny Pacquiao returned to the ring for what was supposed to be a third and decisive fight against long-time rival and aging wonder, Juan Manuel Marquez, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Except there was nothing conclusive about it.
That's because the two proud pugilists engaged in one of the closest, back-and-forth bouts in recent memory. After 12 grueling rounds, the boxing world was split. One side had Pacquiao, the other had Marquez.
The three that mattered, the ringside judges, had "Pacman" in a majority decision. That's three fights and three times Marquez has come oh so close to victory against the best in the world.
There was plenty to talk about after all was said and done. Let's get to it:
Before getting to the third fight of this exciting trilogy, go back and take a closer examination of the first two. Both were close fights, and each time Marquez came up short. Find out why.
Get a detailed blow-by-blow of each and every round of the third fight as the two battled valiantly for 36 minutes. Also get a look at how our very own Patrick Stumberg scored the bout as it went along.
Read the recap of the explosive match-up and get analysis on how the fight went the way it did and why. It was certainly a close one but was it as controversial as it seemed?
Watch the highlights from the fight and glean as much as you can so you can judge for yourself. This was literally the unstoppable force meeting the immovable object and it's worth more than one look.
Close decisions in all combat sports are often riddled with controversy. In a lot of cases, passionate fans and even some pundits waste no time throwing the word "robbery" out there. Does the shoe fit here? Did Juan Manuel Marquez fall victim to the dreaded bad decision?
That's it from us, Maniacs. What gets your vote for the biggest story coming out of this mega-fight in Las Vegas? Sound off below.