Filipino boxing sensation Manny Pacquiao retained his WBO welterweight crown on Saturday, eking out a majority decision win over his long-time Mexican rival Juan Manuel Marquez.
Judges Glen Trowbridge and Dave Moretti scored the bout 116-112 and 115-113 respectively for Pacquiao while Robert Hoyle scored it 114-114 draw.
Despite Pacquiao's win and the possibility of a Pacquiao-Mayweather clash come next year, spectators weren't happy with the result while many boxing insiders including Dan Wetzel and former world champion Winky Wright believed that Marquez should have been given the decision.
Entering the fight as a heavy underdog, the Mexico City native Marquez displayed accurate and precise counter-punching which just fell short of probably one of boxing's biggest upsets.
Veteran boxing analysts Kevin Lole best described it – "It's been a long time since I've seen Pacquiao so unable to mount sustained offense" he posted on his Twitter account. Lole scored the last round for Marquez and ended up with a 114-114 draw on his unofficial scorecards.
Prior to this bout, the last time Pacquiao seemed "unable to mount sustained offense" was perhaps during his second bout with Marquez in 2008, when the former run away with a split decision win.
Their first fight came in 2004 when a young and hungry Pacquiao challenged then WBA and IBF featherweight champion Marquez. The fight ended in a draw despite Pacquiao knocking down Marquez thrice in the opening round.
Pacquiao improved his record to 54-3-2 with 38 KOs while Marquez, who left the ring to wild cheers, fell to 53-6-1 39 KOs. Interestingly, cups were thrown to the ring and deafening boos were heard during Max Kellerman's post-fight interview with Pacquiao.