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Q&A: Bayless' blow-by-blow on Marquez-Pacquiao IV
Referee Kenny Bayless on Juan Manuel Marquez-Manny Pacquiao IV: "When the bell rang for the first round, I could actually really see that it wasn't going to go the distance."
LAS VEGAS -- Referee Kenny Bayless recalled Saturday night's dramatic sixth-round knockout by four-division titlewinner Juan Manuel Marquez over eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao at the MGM Grand in an exclusive interview with RingTV.com.
On Saturday night, Marquez (55-6-1, 40 knockouts) planted Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) on his back with a third round counter-right hand to the temple, rose from a knockdown in the fifth when his right glove touched the canvas as a result of a left cross from Pacquiao, then left his Filipino rival laying face-first and motionless from a straight right that ended the fight at 2:59 of the sixth and final round before 16,348 stunned fans.
Pacquiao appeared to have regained momentum in the fifth, having landed several, ferocious blows over the final 30 seconds. Pacquiao seemed to be winning the sixth when trainer Freddie Roach said "a two-inch punch" caught the onrushing Pacquiao, who "got hit by a punch I didn’t see."
Marquez, 39, was coming off November's disputed majority decision loss to Pacquiao, having lost by a draw and a split-decision previously.
Pacquiao, who turns 34 on Dec. 17, had floored Marquez three times in the first round of their initial meeting as featherweights in May of 2004, and dropped him once more in the third round of their second as junior lightweights in March of 2008.
RingTV.com: Did you expect anything like what you were a part of on Saturday night?
So my expectations were that there probably wasn't going to be a chance that the fight would go the distance the way they were going.
When the bell rang for the first round, I could actually really see that it wasn't going to go the distance because they were throwing hard punches.
RingTV.com: What were your impressions early on?
RingTV.com: Is the third round when you saw things start to heat up?
But that fifth round, I thought that Pacquiao started to gain the control back. When Pacquiao caught Marquez with that shot, and his glove touched the ground, I had to rule that a knockdown.
But Pacquiao, it was his movement that, to me, was right on. He was throwing punches and avoiding punches up until that sixth round.
RingTV.com: What were your thoughts at the end of the fifth round, when Pacquiao had Marquez cornered and he was hammering him?
I believe that that was at the end of the fifth round. But the doctor said that he was okay, so, at that point, I just simply left it alone.
RingTV.com: What can you say about the final shot, and what happened from the time that you saw the punch land to the time that you stood over Pacquiao?
I mean, at the start of each round, Pacquiao would come out of his corner. I mean, I really had to keep slowing him down and motion him back.
That's the kind of eagerness he was showing for the round to start. But, in that sixth round, I actually heard the 10-second clapper, so I knew that the round was coming to come to an end.
RingTV.com: What happened next?
When Pacquiao went down, I immediately signaled for Marquez to go to the neutral corner. And, when I turned back around, Pacquaio was lying motionless.
RingTV.com: When he took that shot, and you saw his face hit the canvas, what happened from there?
When I saw his face on the canvas, and he was making no effort to try to get up, that's when I just stopped it. I had seen enough. I could just look at him and see that.
I even kind of leaned through the ropes, so I could get a better view of him, and I could see that he was making no attempt to try to get up.
RingTV.com: Were Pacquiao's eyes opened or closed?
Pacquiao really took a hard fall. His corner men got into the ring, but it was time to allow the doctors to do their job.
Once we got the corner guys to stay back, at that point, I left the corner. I guess that he might have been down for about two minutes.
RingTV.com: Where does this fight rank among those that you have officiated during your career?
Photos by Naoki Fukuda
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