Sunday, November 13, 2011

Finally, a Pay-per-view worth the jingle!

Pacquiao-Marquez III. The hype had been going on for what seemed like a year. And last night in Vegas, it finally happened. And it was another classic. No knockouts, no knockdowns, but plenty of action as the two best pound-for-pound fighters in the world--in my opinion--played a masterful game of chess. With punches.

In the end, Pacquiao won with a majority decision, and deservedly so. Both fighters had their moments, but Pacquiao outworked Marquez in most rounds. Of course, let's remember that Marquez came up in weight for the fight and is some six years older than his opponent. So the loss is still--in a way--another impressive victory for Marquez.

On the undercard, there were a number of snoozers--most especially Bradley's easy win over Casamayor--and one gem of a match: Prescott-Alvarado. Prescott--the guy that dropped Amir Khan in one--was all over Alvarado for much of the fight. By the 7th round, Alvarado's face was a bloody mess. Then things started to change. The inside exchanges--which Prescott had been dominating--started to favor Alvarado, as he ripped Prescott with short uppercuts from both sides. In the 10th the air was electric, as the pulp-faced Alvarado unleashed a series of devastating uppercuts that put Prescott out on his feet. The referee rightly jumped in and stopped the fight before serious injury occurred.

Really, this fight was worth the price of the pay-per-view alone. It was one of the best fights I think I have ever seen, keeping me riveted in my seat throughout, because it was obvious--even in the early rounds--that Alvarado was not prepared to go quietly. He lost round after round, but made small adjustments, looking for the right formula for success. This should be the fight of the year. Shades of Chavez-Taylor I (fight of the year in 1990 and fight of the decade for the nineties).

Cheers, all.

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