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Sunday, 09 December 2012 00:04

Pacquiao vs Marquez 4: Time, Undercard and Results

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UPDATE: Pacquaio winning then KO'd by vicious shot by Marquez (Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 video highlights below)

Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 Time:
9PM EST, 2AM London, 10AM PHT Sunday in the Philippines

Broadcast: HBO PPV (U.S.)

The details above are for the fight card itself. Actual fight time for the main event, Pacquiao vs Marquez 4, depends on the length of the undercard bouts.

At this moment, expect the principles to step in the ring at roughly 12PM EST, 5AM London and 1PM in the Philipines.

(This page will be updated multiple times through the night)

Pacquiao vs Marquez 4
Will we see a different Manny Pacquiao tonight?  We haven't seen the ferocious, feral Filipino since the Margarito fight in 2010. He appears to have lost a step and some think he's lacks the the killer instinct that brought him to fame.

On the other-hand, Marquez, although he's 39 years old, appears to be in phenomenal condition. He looks more like an Adonis these days as opposed to the bloated fella who fought Mayweather three years ago.

Pacquiao and Marquez are so evenly matched that if they fought 100 times, each bout would probably be close. If Marquez wants to win, he can't sit in the pocket and counter punch all night off Manny's aggressive attacks. That may gain the favor of fans, but unfortunately for JMM the judges wont be as impressed.

Many think Juan Manuel Marquez won the third encounter so the judges may be extra critical of Pacquiao this time around. To be on the safe side, Manny needs to KO Marquez to erase all doubt. Juan Manuel Marquez has been a thorn in Pacquiao's side ever since he survived the first round assault in their first meeting May 8th 2004. In that encounter, Pacquiao dropped Marquez three times with hard straight lefts. But Marquez, although bloodied and battered, survived and adjusted to come back ending the fight in a draw.

Ideally, the fourth fight will be an action pact all out donnybrook like the first two fights. Both men will try to win definitively to silence their  critics and solidify his legacy. Marquez should take what he wants from Pacquiao, leaving no doubt in all those in attendance including the three ringside judges that he won the fight. Even better if Marquez tries to knockout Pacquiao.

Will we end up with two warriors who'll throw the 'science' in a bucket and brawl it out in a war of wills attrtition?  


Maybe - but that's not the most likely scenario. 

This fight will be more like their last fight. It'll be slower-paced, a bit dull at times (compared to Pacquiao-Marquez I and 2) and both fighters will wear the look of two battle-tested warriors who are past their respective primes.

But I hope they prove me wrong.


Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 Undercard
(Results will be showcased in real time)


Yuriorkis Gamboa - 130 lbs vs Michael Farenas - 130 lbs
interim WBA World super featherweight title

Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0), arguably a Top 10 Pound-for-pound fighter, will step into the ring for the first time since September 2011 when he faces Michael Farenas in a super featherweight bout that will mark 50 Cent's promotional debut.

Thus far, Cuban-born Yuriorkis Gamboa appears to be one of the most promising fighters today. The 30 year old featherweight, who is a veteran of over 250 amateur bouts, is a former 2004 Olympic gold medalist and former WBA and IBF Featherweight Champion. He is supremely skilled, possess tremendous punching power and is credited with having one of the quickest pair of hands in the game.

Farenas (34-3-4) doesn't possess the tools of Gamboa but he's won 8 consecutive bouts and is known for being a hard puncher.


Mercito Gesta - 134 lbs vs vs Miguel Vazquez - 135 lbs
IBF lightweight title

IBF lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez (32-3-0) is the defending will face Mercito Gesta in the second bout of the evening. Gesta, a Filipino, is one of boxing's fastest rising stars and sports and impressive 26-0-1 record. However the agile, technically proficient Vazquez has faced far better opposition and many are picking him as a result. 

Patrick Hyland - 126 lbs vs Javier Fortuna - 126 lbs
interim WBA World featherweight title

Together, Hayland and Fortuna are 47-0.

Although Hyland (27-0) has had more fights than Fortuna (20-0) the latter is a bit more solid. But both fighters are dangerous and its hard to see this bout going the distance.


Pacquiao vs Marquez 4 Fight Card Results:
This page will be updated throught the night

Fortuna UD 12 Hyland
Vasquez UD 12 Gesta

MARQUEZ KO 6 PACQUIAO

by Rick Reeno

MGM Grand, Las Vegas - Juan Manuel Marquez (55-6-1, 40KOs) knocked Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38KOs) out cold in the sixth round of their fourth and likely final battle. Their first fight, in 2004, ended in a twelve round draw, with Pacquiao winning close controversial decisions in 2008 and 2011.

Marquez looked stronger, but Pacquiao was quicker and may have done enough to grab the first round. Pacquiao certainly grabbed the second with quicker, accurate punches.

In the third round, Marquez made the pro-Mexican arena explode when he landed a huge right hand that put Pacquiao down on his back. Pacquiao appeared to recover well and traded punches with Marquez at the bell. It was the first time Pacquiao was "dropped legit" since he was a flyweight.

Pacquiao boxed well in the fourth, but Marquez may have stolen it close at the end with a flurry of shots.

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