Last March 15, 2008, while we were still in Las Vegas (see previous posts about this trip), we also witnessed the historical Marquez vs. Pacquiao II fight, a follow-up fight between Juan Manuel Marquez and Manny Pacquiao after their face-off last May 8, 2004 where the result was a draw. The second face-off was also held at the Mandalay Sports Center in Las Vegas. Of course, we were there to show our support to our fellow Filipino Manny Pacquiao.
We were early at the event and was able to witness the undercard fights. At first we thought the seats were wasted because it was half empty during the undercard fights, but just as the main fight of the night was about to begin, the whole center was suddenly full.
And the fight began...
It was a suspense-filled fight! Pacquiao was considered a "visiting" challenger because of Las Vegas's close proximity to Mexico. Majority of the viewers were for Marquez and there really was bashing among the viewers who defended their bets.
And the winner emerged. We're glad to know that Pacquiao won! It was for me a very close fight. He took home the WBC Super Featherweight title that night.
Manny Pacquiao waiving to his fans and viewers
Like a usual Filipino show, Philippine celebrities were present to witness the fight, and as expected, they were mobbed by the viewers after the fight.
Marquez vs. Pacquiao II light display
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