Yup, huge credit has to go to Cortez for that.
Just goes to show how close the sport of Boxing always is to a huge change in events.
I mean if Cortez calls the fight off whilst Marquez is on the floor for the 3rd time with both hands over his face who the hell would have complained? That would have been seen as a legit stoppage (not im my own personal opinion but compared to how so many other fights have been stopped for less than that) and forever in the history books it would have been Pacquiao DESTROYED Marquez. Pacquiao KO'd him in the 1st round. Pacquiao is Marquez's daddy. Pacquiao automatically would have been 10 times the fighter Marquez was according to we fickle Boxing fans.
Yet Cortez allows him to continue and here we are today looking forward to a FOURTH fight between the two, when we were a split second away from a Pacquiao KO1 over Marquez, which i highly doubt would have ever meant a 2nd fight between the two never mind 4.
3 fights between the pair which show us just how complicated Boxing really is. I mean if Cortez calls the fight off at that point and Pacquiao gets a KO1 which includes 3 knockdowns, who the **** would have even dreamt of saying that Marquez was a fighter who was more than capable of mixing it up with Pacquiao, nevermind saying that he could beat him. Yet even today so many Boxing fans still look at Boxing as if it's simply written in black and white, if so and so beats someone by an early KO, he's obviously better than him, forgetting the fact that Boxing can change in a split second, one punch can change a fight, one decision by a ref can change the course of Boxing history, one small action that re writes so much of Boxing as we know it.
Looking at it, how many other fights which ended in a quick knockout could have gone onto become great fights if they were given that little bit longer by the ref.... probably quite a few. Everything in Boxing can change in that split second, i guess thats why it's such a great sport.