LAS VEGAS — Manny Pacquiao was taken to the limit Saturday before escaping with a majority decision victory over Juan Manuel Marquez in their welterweight title fight at MGM Grand.
After the judges scored the fight 114-114, 116-112, 115-113 for Pacquiao (54-3-2, 38 knockouts), the crowd booed loudly and some objects were thrown near ringside.
It was a narrow escape for the Filipino congressman, who took as much punishment as he got over 12 rounds. Pacquiao won some rounds with sheer aggression, while Marquez won others with brilliant counterpunching, keeping Pacquiao from getting inside.
Marquez, a 7-1 underdog, climbed the ropes in one corner with his hands raised believing he had won the fight. But he fell to 52-6-1 with 38 KOs and is now 0-2-1 against Pacquiao.
Bradley stays unbeaten: Timothy Bradley, trying to set himself up for big-name fights, stopped veteran Joel Casamayor in the eighth round Saturday night to remain unbeaten in 28 bouts. Bradley put Casamayor down in the fifth and sixth rounds and was dominating the fight when Casamayor went down again in the eighth. He got to his feet, but his corner waved to end it.