LAS VEGAS — Juan Manuel Marquez’s HBO-Pay Per View-televised sixth-round knockout of Manny Pacquiao this past Saturday generated more than a $10 million gate from an MGM Grand Garden Arena that was sold out to the tune of 15,403 tickets and 908 comps.
Marquez (55-6-1, 40 knockouts) dropped Pacquiao (54-5-2, 38 KOs) with a third-round, counter-right hand to the temple, rose from a knockdown in the fifth when his glove touched the canvas, and finished the Filipino star with a straight right that left him motionless and flat on his face before 16,348 stunned fans who were partisan to Marquez.
Marquez, 39, lost November’s disputed majority decision to Pacquiao, having previously battled to a draw and a split-decision loss to Pacquiao, who turns 34 on Dec. 17.
Pacquiao 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.
“The live gate was spectacular. It was sold out. It did $10,888,890,” said Top Rank CEO Bob Arum, who received initial criticism from some media members that a fourth bout between Marquez and Pacquiao would not be of interest. “That’s why they’re reporters and I’m a promoter.”
Photo by Chris Farina, Top Rank
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