Harold Lederman (HBO unofficial scorer): I thought Manny Pacquiao won by several points, but Marquez certainly had his moments. There's an old axiom in boxing: The public loves to see the loser win. In other words, if a guy's getting the crap kicked out of him, and all of a sudden he comes back and stages a sensational rally, they love to see the guy that's behind do that. So when Juan Manuel Marquez came back and fought his heart out, after it looked like he wasn't going to survive the first round, people might have let that affect their scoring. But I just felt that you couldn't take the fight away from Manny. He was landing the harder shots and doing more damage.
Jim Lampley (HBO blow-by-blow announcer): What I've always said about the first fight, which is one of the most fascinating fights I've ever seen, is that within the bizarre scoring scenario that the three judges produced, there is a certain logic to all three scorecards. If you are the kind of scorer who's driven to favor the go-forward aggressor, there's no way you're going to have Pacquiao losing after he knocks Marquez down three times in the first round. So that 115-110 scorecard for Pacquiao from judge John Stewart is utterly understandable and interpretable. If you're the kind of scorer who favors pure craft, who's sophisticated enough to see that the back-up counterpuncher can control the fight, then there's a ton of logic to Guy Jutras' 115-110 scorecard that favored Marquez. And if you understand both of those scores, how can you not understand the 113-113 draw scored by Burt Clements? So in a very weird way, it was a valid draw.
Dan Rafael (ESPN.com boxing writer): I strongly believe that Marquez won the fight, and I believed that the moment the fight ended. And what made me believe it even more was that after the fight, I rode up the elevator to the press conference with Manny Pacquiao, Freddie Roach, and [promoter] Murad Muhammad, and saw an image that I will never forget as long as I live. There was Manny Pacquiao, completely busted up, leaning against the little rail in the elevator, looking as dejected as you could possibly be after a fight. He knew that he lost that fight. He won't tell anybody that, but that's what I saw: a completely destroyed fighter making his way to the press conference.
David Diaz (former lightweight titleholder and Pacquiao opponent): I've always said that I thought Marquez won it, even though he got knocked down three times in the first round. I think he came back and did what he was supposed to do from the get-go, boxing and moving and hitting Pacquiao. In that first round, we were all like, Oh my God, this guy Pacquiao is unbelievable. We were amazed that he would be able to do something like that to Marquez. But even more amazing was how Marquez got up and went at it. After that 10-6 first round, Marquez took over the fight. I felt that he got robbed, to be honest.
March 15, 2008
(Pacquiao W 12 Marquez)
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