Did Manny Pacquiao Deserve to Win Marquez’ WBC Title?
Does Manny Pacquiao deserve his new title, which he wrested (some say, unfairly) from Juan Manuel Marquez during their match on March 16?
As you know, Manny Pacquiao was declared the winner by a split decision. The first judge, Jerry Roth, judged Marquez the winner (he gave Marquez a score of 115 and Pacquiao, 112). The second judge, Duane Ford, favored Pacman (115 for Pacquiao and 112 for Marquez). The third judge, Tom Miller, gave Pacquiao a score of 114 and Marquez 113. This deciding vote gave Pacquiao the match and the title.
Not everyone agrees that Pacquiao won the match. Naturally, Marquez’ camp is of this opinion. This is what Marquez had to say in an interview with the Associated Press (full Associated Press report can be found at newsday.com).
“I don’t like the decision,” Marquez said. “I still feel I am the champion. It was a bad decision. That first knockdown, he got me cold, but then I adjusted my game plan and I thought from then on, I dictated the whole fight. … The people are the best judge, and the people are booing him. I won.”
Allegedly, Marquez landed more power punches than Pacquiao did.
Do you agree with Marquez – or do you think the judges’ final decision was spot on? Were the judges right in awarding Manny Pacquiao the title?
Please answer this question as objectively as possible. Even if we love Pacquiao (I certainly do – but not in THAT way, he he) please don’t let personalities or loyalties get in the way of a straight answer. Use your reason in answering this question and do not hesitate expressing your true opinion.
And need I remind you not to flame others when they disagree with you? As J.S. Mill said,
If mankind minus one were of one opinion, then mankind is no more justified in silencing the one than the one – if he had the power – would be justified in silencing mankind.
Of course, this does not mean that you can’t respond – you are welcome to disagree but again, do so reasonably. 🙂
p.s. Congratulations, Manny Pacquiao!!!! Bravo!!!