Manny Pacquiao Ekes Out Championship

Pacquiao holds onto welterweight title, but Marquez protests decision
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 13, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Juan Manuel Marquez, left, lands a punch against Manny Pacquiao during a WBO welterweight title fight Saturday, Nov. 12, 2011, in Las Vegas. Pacquiao won by majority decision.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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(Newser) – Manny Pacquiao narrowly survived his third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in last night's battle for the welterweight title, winning two out of three scorecards to retain his championship, reports the AP. Pacquiao's aggression was evenly matched by Marquez's counterpunching, and many thought Marquez deserved the win—the results were greeted with boos and bottles and cans flying at the ring.

"I got robbed," Marquez said. "I don't know what else I can do to win." Their first fight in 2004 was pronounced a draw, while Pacquiao won the second in 2008. Pacquiao, who is also a national congressman in the Philippines, won at least $22 million in last night's bout, while Marquez earned $5 million.

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