With a crushing right hand, Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Manny Pacquiao in the sixth round of a non-title bout in Las Vegas late Saturday, scoring a definitive victory after three previous bouts that ended in close judgments.
The fight came to an end 2:59 into the sixth round, after Marquez landed a right hand to Pacquiao's face, knocking him cold late Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Pacquiao went down face-first and lay motionless for a while, possibly unconscious, before eventually sitting up. It was called a technical knockout and Marquez declared the winner.
Pacquiao shook Marquez' hand.
The fight was originally scheduled for 12 rounds. Both fighters scored knock-downs earlier in the fight with Marquez putting Pacquiao on his back and Pacquiao tipping Marquez enough off of his feet to cause one of his gloves to touch the mat.
Former presidential hopeful Mitt Romney was at ringside and shook Pacquiao's hand before the fight wishing him success in the matchFULL STORY
Famed boxing trainer Emanuel Steward, who was in the corner of champions such as Thomas "Hitman" Hearns, Oscar De La Hoya andÂ Wladimir Klitschko, died Thursday in a Chicago hospital, his executive assistant said.
Steward passed away at 1:46 p.m. CT (2:46 p.m. ET), said Victoria Kirton, who did not provide any further details. He was 68.
Many peopleÂ watching the Timothy Bradley-Manny Pacquiao fight believed the underdogÂ stole the welterweight belt during the match, but the Nevada attorney general has said after a review that no crime occurred.
"Pacman," as Pacquiao is affectionately known by fans, appeared to dominate Bradley during the 12-round match at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, but the judges decided otherwise. Two ruled the fight 115-113 for the American boxer, while the other judge gave the score 115-113 for the Filipino champion.
After the judges' scores were announced, many in the sold-out crowd voiced displeasure.
Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said "there doesn't appear to be any facts or evidence toÂ indicate that a criminal violationÂ occurred"Â in a letter sent Wednesday toÂ Top Rank fight promoterÂ Bob Arum. Arum had asked for an investigation into the matter after the fight, which he said made him ashamed of boxing.
Last month, the World Boxing Organization had five international judges watch the video of the fight and rescore it. They all gave the match toÂ Pacquiao, though the decision had no impact on changing the final outcome
Although in many ways the matter may be settled, that doesn't mean everyone is happy. Fans and sports blogs ripped the investigation, noting that although the attorney general's office spoke to the referee in the match, they never spoke to any of the three judges who scored the match.
But concerns about the fight were voiced long before that, beginning with Bradley posting on Twitter a photo of a rematch poster before the first fight even took place. Most fans griped that surely, if Pacquiao had won, there'd never be a need for a rematch.
Gonna be so nice we gonna do it twice. http://t.co/fllH0dGC—
Timothy Bradley Jr. (@Timbradleyjr) May 29, 2012
Boxer Paul Williams, known as "The Punisher," has been left paralyzed from the waist down after a traffic accident Sunday in suburban Atlanta, according to news reports.
Williams' manager, George Peterson, told CNN affiliate WRDW in Augusta, Georgia, that the boxer is facing surgery Wednesday to stabilize his spinal column. That surgery will entail putting a wall around his upper spine, according to the report.
Williams is from Aiken, South Carolina, east of Augusta.
He was in the Atlanta suburb of Marietta to attend his brother's wedding on Monday, according to a report in the New York Daily News.
As he rode his motorcycle home from a bachelor party early Sunday, he swerved to a avoid a car and was thrown from the bike more than 60 feet in the air, Peterson told the Daily News.
â€śHe was doing about 75 mph on the motorcycle. When he came down, he came down on his back and when he came down on his back, of course he severed his spinal cord. Heâ€™s paralyzed from the waist down. In terms of him walking again... that will never happen,â€ť the Daily News quoted Peterson as saying.
Williams has a career record of 41-2-0, with 27 knockouts, according to the WRDW report. He has held three title belts, twice being the WBO welterweight champ and once as the WBO light middleweight champ.
Former heavyweight boxing champion Joe Frazier is seriously ill and in a hospice in Philadelphia, his business manager says.
The 67-year-old Frazier was diagnosed with liver cancer about a month ago, Leslie Wolff says.FULL STORY
Two compelling storylines played out at the Staples Center in Los Angeles - one that produced a fairytale ending and the other that ended in a controversial call.
Dewey Bozella, a 52-year-old cruiserweight who spent 26 years in prison for a murder he did not commit, won his professional boxing debut by a unanimous decision in a four-round match against Larry Hopkins.
But Bernard Hopkins, 46, failed in his attempt to become the oldest boxer to defend a world title when he lost to Chad Dawson early Sunday morning. Dawson won the fight by a technical knockout in the second round.
After Hopkins threw a right and leaned over Dawson, the latter threw him on to the canvas.
Hopkins landed on his left shoulder.
The referee did not call it a foul, and Dawson won the fight on a technical knockout.
The crowd erupted in boos.
Hopkins, who first became a world champion 16 years ago, made history in May when he was awarded a points victory over Canadian Jean Pascal to become the sport's oldest-ever holder of a global belt.
With the win in Montreal, Hopkins surpassed the record held by compatriot George Foreman.
But on Sunday morning, the World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight champion, was upstaged by a much younger opponent.
Dawson, currently ranked by Ring Magazine as the fourth-best light heavyweight in the world, is 29 - 17 years younger than the Pennsylvania-born Hopkins.
In the first fight of the night, Bozella won with a hard right to his opponent's jaw.
Bozella served time in New York's Sing Sing prison after he was found guilty of murder in 1983. His conviction was overturned two years ago.FULL STORY
Manny Pacquaio's latest fight could be much tougher than pounding on â€śSugarâ€ť Shane Mosley for 12 rounds.
Fresh off his trouncing of the American welterweight contender, Pacquiao, 32 â€“ who also serves as a Sarangani representative in the Filipino Congress â€“ has entered the ring again to denounce a reproductive health bill that he and his fellow lawmakers are considering.
The bill has several controversial provisions, such as the requirement that women experiencing problems after abortions, which would still be banned, must be treated humanely and compassionately.
Pacquiao and President Benigno Aquino III, a backer of the bill, agree abortion should be outlawed, The Manila Times reported. Where they part ways is on the issue of contraception, according to Filipino media.