Following the closely decided majority decision by judges for Filipino Manny Pacquiao in his WBO welterweight fight against Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez, Pacquiao has said he wants a rematch against Marquez. Pacquiao said he wanted a fight against the Mexican “to be conclusive”. Pacquiao’s statement follows Marquez’s team calling Pacqiauo’s victory a “robbery”, just like they did when it was decided in the pairs’ last fight in 2008 that it was a draw. The judges decided the score for the final three rounds were 114-114, 115-113, 116-112 as boos could be heard from Marquez fans and empty beer and water bottles were thrown in disgust at the decision in the Las Vegas arena. The boos were so loud Pacquiao’s ringside interview was inaudible in the arena.
Pacqiauo’s call for a rematch has upset Oscar De Lay Hoya who promotes Floyd Mayweather Jr. While Pacquiao’s team say that a fight between Pacquiao and Mayweather can still happen in November 2012, De La Hoya wants to see what many are calling a super fight between the two welterweight champions happen in May. Pacquiao’s promoter Bob Arum says he will stage a rematch between Pacqiuao and Marquez for April or June either in Cowboys Stadium in Dallas or an outdoor venue in Las Vegas. De La Hoya has accused Arum of being scared to put Pacquiao against the 42-0 welterweight champion Mayweather.
Pacquiao, who is the only fighter to earn world titles in eight weight divisions, is expected to earn $10million from pay per view sales of the fight on top of the $25 million he earned for the fight. For his part Marquez received $5 million. Statistics for the fight revealed Pacqiuao got in 178 punches to Marquez’s 138. Pacquiao received 28 stitches to his right eyelid following the fight for a deep gash.