By Jake Donovan - Knockouts are memorable for all sorts of reasons. The punch that landed, the reaction of the knocked out fighter, the impact of a fight, avenging a prior loss, ending a well-publicized rivalry – all have played factors in past Knockout of the Year entries.
It’s not often that a knockout is memorable for all of those reasons. That’s what makes Juan Manuel Marquez’ 6th round blitzing of Manny Pacquiao in their December 8th fight in Las Vegas so very special.
Prior to the fight, there existed a fear that the rivalry had run its course. While there was no closure in 36 previous rounds of action, demand was scarce for a fourth fight. There was no title at stake for the fight, and it was also the first time that either fighter was coming off of a loss in facing the other.
Perhaps all of that helped to deliver the fight to which fans around the world were treated. Marquez, at 39 years old, was determined to gain long-sought revenge before heading down the home stretch of a Hall of Fame career. Pacquiao was anxious to restore recognition as the best fighter in the world, in spite of the controversial split decision loss against Tim Bradley six months prior. [Click Here To Read More