Amir Khan may be close to Manny Pacquiao but at least he was honest enough to give his verdict on Pacman’s fight, claiming that he didn’t deserve the win.
Khan waded into the row over Pacquiao’s controversial points victory against Juan Manuel Marquez after the Filipino sensation retained his WBO welterweight title in Las Vegas on Saturday.
Two of the three judges ruled in Pacquiao’s favour, while the third had it tied. But furious fans at the MGM Grand booed the decision and pelted the ring with bottles.
Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison is a novice pro boxer in the Cayman Islands. Lewison is promoting a show at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym on 26 November. The middleweight puncher will be fighting American Arnold Hill on the show. Lewison said: “The Pacquiao-Marquez fight was a beautiful chess game. Marquez was always three moves ahead but I knew that the judges were going to be biased.
“Even early in the rounds, when I saw that Marquez was winning the rounds, I knew that if he did not knock out Pacquiao or stop him, he would lose on decision. That’s because Pacquiao had a lot of support with the crowd and a lot of important big money fights in the pipeline.”
Filipino fans here were grateful when their hero got the verdict. Pacquiao’s face was bloodied and bruised far more than usual, an indication that he absorbed plenty of punishment against a fighter he had fought to two previous close decisions.
The crowd at the recently opened Club House at Treasure Island cheered more out of relief than belief that he had won after the fight and many would not have complained if the Mexican challenger had got the verdict.
Britain’s WBA and IBF light-welterweight champ Khan said: “It was a close fight. You could see Marquez had done his homework and knew what he needed to do.
“When they went into the last round, I thought Marquez was going to win and Manny’s trainer Freddie Roach thought the same. I thought Marquez won it by one or two rounds. But I’m pleased for Manny because he is a stable-mate and a good friend.”
Even Roach, who also trains Khan, admitted: “Marquez deserves a rematch.”
Mexican Marquez, 38, stormed: “I won. Only three people there didn’t see it. They robbed me.” He claims he is considering retiring but is likely to continue.
Pacquiao, 32, is in line for a $100 million showdown with Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather on 5 May to decide the world’s best pound-for-pound boxer.
Lewison’s show tickets are available from www.lightninglewison.com, from Pet Barn in the Village, Hair Gallery in the Village, Cayman Islands Law School or from Lewison direct on 927-0092. General admission $25 and VIP $100.