Anderson Silva Signs New 10-Fight UFC Deal

by MMA Weekly

It appears Anderson Silva‘s future is set with plenty more fights left inside the UFC Octagon after his latest contract negotiation.

Following his win over Stephan Bonnar at UFC 153, Silva and his management confirmed that the longtime champion had two fights left on his current deal, but they were going to begin dialoging with the UFC soon about an extension.

Now, according to UFC president Dana White, those terms have been reached and it’s a big deal.

White confirmed that Anderson Silva will sign a new 10-fight deal with the UFC that will take him up until the day he likely decides to retire, closing the book on one of the most storied careers in all of fighting.

“Ten. He signed a 10-fight deal. I don’t think we’ve ever done a 10-fight deal. Maybe we did one with Forrest once, I don’t remember, but Anderson said, ‘I want a 10-fight deal, not an eight-fight deal.’ I’ll give him a 100-fight deal if he wants one,” White said on Saturday night.

Already the most dominant champion in UFC history, Silva probably received the most lucrative deal the company has ever offered, and it stands to reason why.

Silva is undefeated in his UFC career with more title defenses than any fighter that has ever stepped foot in the Octagon, and even at 37 years of age he doesn’t appear to be slowing down whatsoever.

“Ten more fights, realistically, is three more years. I mean, the guy is (almost) 38, but he doesn’t look it,” White said about his champion.

It’s likely Silva’s next trip to the Octagon will be defending his UFC middleweight title for an 11th time, likely facing Michael Bisping, should the brash Brit defeat Vitor Belfort at UFC on FX 7.

There are still potential superfights looming overhead as well with Silva possibly facing UFC welterweight champion Georges St-Pierreor light heavyweight champ Jon Jones.

Whatever he chooses to do, Silva will be doing it in the UFC, and that’s just fine by Dana White.


Jim Miller gets bloody UFC 155 win over Joe Lauzon

by Maggie Hendricks

(Tracy Lee)

UFC 155 was headed towards becoming one of the least memorable UFC pay-per-view cards in recent history until Joe Lauzon and Jim Miller stepped in the cage. The lightweights delivered a late Fight of the Year candidate as Miller won 29-28 on all three judges’ cards.

Miller opened up the fight with a bevy of punches, and opened a cut on Lauzon’s face early. Lauzon’s wooziness allowed Miller to lock a standing arm triangle. Lauzon was able to slip out of the choke, but when he emerged, his face was covered in blood.

Though Miller managed better attacks and wasn’t bleeding as badly as Lauzon, he still found himself in trouble late in the third round. Lauzon dove onto Miller’s legs, and attempted a leg lock submission. If there wasn’t so much blood covering their bodies and the canvas, Lauzon might have pulled out the win.

Lauzon told Yahoo! Sports after the fight that he required 40 stitches for the cuts sustained during the fight.

Miller was impressed by Lauzon’s toughness.

“Joe Lauzon is a tough kid. I knew I was going to have to bring my best effort to put him away and I was never able to,” Miller said after the fight. “That’s how good he is on the ground. And even in the last minute, look what he was trying to do to win the fight.”

UFC 155: Cain Velasquez mauls Junior dos Santos to win back UFC heavyweight title

by Kevin Iole

LAS VEGAS – Cain Velasquez put on a dominant performance reminiscent of his title-winning effort in 2010 over Brock Lesnar, routing Junior dos Santos Saturday to regain the UFC heavyweight title before a raucous crowd in the MGM Grand Garden.

Dos Santos won the title 13 months ago by knocking out Velasquez in just 64 seconds. But in the rematch at UFC 155 on Saturday, it was never close. Velasquez won by scores of 50-45, 50-44 and 50-43, delivering what he said was a late Christmas present for his wife, Michelle.

Velasquez repeatedly took dos Santos down and hurt him early with a massive right hand. Velasquez tore into him.

Cain Velasquez kicks Junior dos Santos in the face. (Courtesy: Tracy Lee for Y! Sports)

Dos Santos staggered back from a right hand early in the first round and never really got back into the fight. His right eye was mangled from the constant punishment he was taking.

Velasquez, who insisted that the outcome would be different in the rematch, showed his legendary cardiovascular ability. He pushed dos Santos farther than the Brazilian was able to go.

To his credit, dos Santos hung on. He was almost stopped in the first round, but never gave up and made it to the finish.

Velasquez, who is now 11-1 overall and 9-1 in the UFC, was never in jeopardy. He turned dos Santos’ face into mush while largely avoiding the kind of big shots that led dos Santos to six knockouts in his previous nine UFC fights.
Jim Miller vs. Joe Lauzon

As good as the main event was, however, it was upstaged by the co-main. Jim Miller and Joe Lauzon didn’t just put on the Fight of the Night in their three-round lightweight battle. They may have put on the Fight of the Year.

Miller won a unanimous decision, winning 29-28 on all three cards, in a fight fought from start to finish at a frenetic pace. Miller was raking Lauzon was elbows and opened a massive gash that was several inches long on the middle of Lauzon’s forehead.

Lauzon was covered in blood, and the fight was briefly halted so the doctor could check it. He allowed it to continue, and they went on to put on a classic.

Joe Lauzon took plenty of punishment. (Courtesy: Tracy Lee for Y! Sports)

In the final 30 seconds, Lauzon went for a leg lock and a choke as he desperately tried to pull out a last-second victory.

It was an epic battle, but Miller’s elbows ultimately were the difference. He not only opened Lauzon up with it, but he landed them repeatedly from the standup.
Tim Boetsch vs. Costa Philippou

Tim Boetsch had a rough night. He got a finger poke in the eye, suffered a cut on the forehead and may have broken his right hand in his match with Costa Philippou.

By the middle of the third round, he could barely pull himself to his feet. Referee Kim Winslow mercifully stopped it as Philippou was throwing punches from the top at 2:11 of the final round of the middleweight bout.

Boetsch tried to keep taking Philippou down, but he never was able to get fully into the fight offensively because of his various injuries.

“I expected to win this fight, but not like this,” Philippou said. “I made a few rookie mistakes in letting him take me down, but once we started trading blows back and forth later in the fight, I had him. I was eventually able to get the better of him in the striking game and have the fight stopped.”
Alan Belcher vs. Yushin Okami

Alan Belcher’s four-fight winning streak and the momentum he carried for a potential middleweight title shot came screeching to a halt at the hands of Yushin Okami.

Okami repeatedly took Belcher down and held him on the mat in a fight that was neither exciting or pleasing to the crowd. Fans booed throughout the event and let their displeasure be known when the match ended.

Judges had it 30-27 twice and 29-28 for Okami, who repeated a 2006 victory over Belcher. Belcher had little to offer and never got off track in a very uncharacteristically slow performance.

“The wrestling, striking and the clinch game were all successfully implemented in this fight to defeat Belcher,” Okami said. “Belcher is a very tough opponent, and I feel that a win over Belcher should allow me to keep challenging more of the top guys in the middleweight division.”

Tim Boetsch kicks Costa Philippou in the face. (Credit: Tracy Lee for Y! Sports)

Derek Brunson vs. Chris Leben
The most notable thing to come out of the middleweight fight between Derek Brunson and Chris Leben is how tired both men were by the middle of the second round.

Brunson at least had an excuse, as he took the fight on short notice after Karlos Vermola pulled out, but it was a hard to watch fight.

Brunson’s takedowns were the difference in a unanimous decision. All three judges had it 29-28 for Brunson, who was making his UFC debut after moving over from Strikeforce.

“I knew the type of fight I was getting myself into when I agreed to the bout,” Brunson said. “Leben is an all-out slugger. I wanted to prove to myself that I could fight this guy and not just wrestle him for the victory. I wanted to go at it with him, but maintain my game plan and fight my fight.
Eddie Wineland vs. Brad Pickett

Eddie Wineland used hard punches and solid movement to cruise to a victory over Brad Pickett in an important bantamweight fight.

Glenn Trowbridge and Tony Weeks both had it 30-27 for Wineland, but surprisingly, Mark Smith had it 29-28 for Pickett. Wineland did most of the damage and seemed in control of the fight throughout.

“That was a fun fight for me,” Wineland said. “I’m used to being pretty banged up, but this isn’t any worse than any of my previous fights. Brad hit me harder than anyone ever has, and I feel the same about how I hit him. My right hand seems to do the most damage, and it worked out well for me tonight. I go in there with confidence and after dropping my first two in the UFC, I’ve won two great fights since, and I plan to keep that momentum going.”
Erik Perez vs. Byron Bloodworth

Erik Perez cracked Byron Bloodworth with a knee to the midsection, spelling the beginning of the end for Bloodworth in their bantamweight fight.

Perez, who came to the cage wearing a lucha libre mask, immediately pounced on Bloodworth. He landed a series of elbows and punches and forced referee Kim Winslow to stop it at 3:50 of the first.

It was the third consecutive first-round stoppage by Perez.

“It feels awesome to get my third UFC win in six months,” Perez said. “It just makes me want to get back in the gym and keep training. It made me proud to hear all the Mexican fans and all the other UFC fans cheering for me when I walked out and then especially when I won. I would love to make a run at the title this year, but I am happy to do whatever the UFC asks for my next fight.”
Jamie Varner vs. Melvin Guillard

Jamie Varner and Melvin Guillard were supposed to fight at “The Ultimate Fighter 16 Finale” two weeks ago, but it was postponed because Varner was ill.

It was worth the wait, as they put on a fast-paced back-and-forth fight. The scoring turned out unique, as Varner pulled out a split decision win. Cecil Peoples and Smith had it 30-27 for Varner while Adalaide Byrd had it 30-27 for Guillard. Yahoo! Sports had it 29-28 for Varner.

Jamie Varner punches Melvin Guillard. (Courtesy: Tracy Lee for Y! Sports)

“This was a very emotional fight for both of us,” Varner said.”After what happened a few weeks ago at The TUF Finale event, we were both ready to compete. I knew we would eventually get in the Octagon and squash our beef and I definitely feel that we did. I’m happy about my performance. I feel that I was able to dominate the fight wherever we ended up, and I’m glad I got the win.”
Myles Jury vs. Michael Johnson

In a one-sided lightweight bout, Myles Jury ruined Michael Johnson’s hopes for a perfect 2012, dominating him from start to finish and pulling out a one-sided unanimous decision victory.

Jury, who nearly finished Johnson in the first, took Johnson down and kept him there for much of the fight. He won by scores of 30-27 on all three judges’ cards.

Jury landed a number of shots from the guard in the first and referee Herb Dean seemed on the verge of stepping in. Johnson survived, but he never got untracked.

Jury improved to 11-0 overall and 2-0 in the UFC with the impressive victory.

“I’ve sacrificed and trained hard for this fight, and it paid off,” Jury said. “A lot of people didn’t give me a chance against someone like Michael, so I came out here with nothing to lose. It felt great to get the win, but to also get so much time in the Octagon, which is something that I haven’t gotten a lot of up to this point in my career. Everything about this fight is going to help me become a much better fighter overall.”
Todd Duffee vs. Phil De Fries

Heavyweight Todd Duffee’s first UFC fight in more than two years was somewhat reminiscent of his first, as he blitzed Phil De Fries and stopped him at 2:04 of the first round.

Duffee debuted in the UFC at UFC 102, knocking out Tim Hague in seven seconds in what was then a record for fastest knockout.

On Saturday, he caught De Fries with a big right uppercut that badly hurt him. He landed several right hands as they were fighting against the cage, and then finished it with a crushing left hook.

As De Fries slumped to the mat, referee Yves Lavigne jumped in to stop it.

“It feels good to be back in the UFC,” Duffee said. “I knew I had to win, but I wasn’t too worried about how, though. I like the actual fight aspect of this sport, so I know I can deliver when I’m in there. I missed the fight feeling that you get when you’re standing across from your opponent, and it felt awesome to get back in the Octagon.”
Leonard Garcia vs. Max Holloway

Leonard Garcia didn’t disappoint in his return to the Octagon, putting on a good show in his three-round featherweight bout with Max Holloway.

Unfortunately for Garcia and many in the crowd at the MGM, the judges saw it for Holloway and he took a split decision. Marcos Rosales and Peoples had Holloway 29-28, while Smith had Garcia by the same score. The crowd booed when the verdict was announced, believing Garcia had done enough to get the win.

Rosales gave Holloway Rounds 1 and 2, while Peoples gave him Rounds 1 and 3. Smith gave Garcia Rounds 2 and 3.

There were long periods of sustained action, where the men stood and traded blows. Garcia had several takedowns, but Holloway was able to hop up. He said he felt that could have been a difference.

“I definitely believe I won the fight,” Holloway said. “I’m tired of wrestlers getting victories that way. They get takedowns and do nothing with it, and somehow they still get points for that, so I feel very vindicated with this win. Leonard is a tough guy, though.

“No doubt about that. He hits hard and he shot in on me quite a bit in this fight, but we had a good game plan and I was able to leave with the win.”
John Moraga vs. Chris Cariaso

Flyweight John Moraga got the night off to a good start, winning his second UFC fight in as many outings by finishing Chris Cariaso at 1:11 of the third round with a standing guillotine choke.

Moraga, now 12-1 in MMA and 2-0 in the UFC, got Cariaso as they came out of a scramble and managed to get the finish. He needed a big third round as the judges had it even on two cards and he trailed 20-18 on the third.

“That’s one of my stronger positions to put my opponents in, so I knew I could surprise him with it and lock it in,” Moraga said. “Any win in the UFC is good, but I like to win impressively and I feel like I kind of did that.”

Junior dos Santos feels he still has something to prove against Cain Velasquez

by Kevin Iole

LAS VEGAS – The sheer force of Junior dos Santos’ right hand pounding into the focus mitt held his coach – and the resulting booming sound it made – sent precisely the message the UFC wanted prior to his bout with Cain Velasquez on Nov. 12, 2011, at UFC on Fox 1.

To anyone who saw or heard those thudding pops, there was no doubt about what dos Santos was capable of doing: He was perhaps mixed martial arts’ best knockout artist and that little sequence at an open workout in Anaheim, Calif., served as a reminder of how serious a threat to Velasquez’s heavyweight belt he could be.

What wasn’t so well known was that dos Santos did little more than throw punches at the workout simply because he wasn’t physically able to do anything else.

Much has been made of the knee injury that Velasquez suffered before he made his title defense against dos Santos on national television, as if dos Santos’ victory should simply be tossed aside.

A reporter asked Velasquez at Thursday’s final news conference for UFC 155 about regaining the title. When he used the phrase “your belt,” dos Santos sneered before interrupting.

“It’s my belt,” he said, firmly.

What’s been lost in the talk of the Velasquez injury is that dos Santos fought – and won – with a serious knee injury of his own. Two weeks before the bout, he was on crutches. And two days before, he wasn’t comfortable going through the light media-designed workout the UFC had scheduled for him.

He was in pain and didn’t want to injure his knee any further. He wasn’t about to drop to the floor and risk putting his knee at additional risk.

“It was pretty bad,” dos Santos said of his own injury.

To dos Santos and those closest to him, his 64-second knockout victory over Velasquez proved he’s the best heavyweight in the world. But to many, the lingering message of UFC on Fox 1 was simply that an injured dos Santos was better than an injured Velasquez.

Dos Santos and Cain Velasquez are both healthy for their UFC 155 fight. (Getty Images)So, dos Santos heads into the main event of UFC 155 Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden to defend the championship for a second time feeling like he has a lot to prove. His history would suggest that’s not a good thing for his opponents.

UFC president Dana White came to the rescue of his champion Thursday when the talk about Velasquez’s injury began to discredit dos Santos’ victory. White could hardly believe when someone questioned whether the first fight should be thrown out when regarding what might happen Saturday in the rematch.

“You don’t throw the first fight out,” White said incredulously. “I mean, [dos Santos] won by knockout. It would be pretty weird to throw that first fight out. But there’s no doubt you’re going to see a different Cain Velasquez this fight.”

That’s what makes the fight so compelling. Many were let down by the quick ending to the first fight. The bout was the main event of the UFC’s first foray onto network television and there was a 40-minute buildup for a fight that barely lasted 40 seconds.

Many of the most ardent MMA fans were crushed. They’d been hoping for an epic back-and-forth match that would convince them of their sport’s greatness.

What they failed to realize, though, is that the reason casual fans love to watch heavyweights is because the big men bring the big knockouts.

Dos Santos delivered a powerful knockout, yet somehow hasn’t been embraced as a result.

He’s the antithesis of a trash talker, a nice, soft-spoken guy who learned to speak English by listening to Katy Perry songs and watching American television.

He’s added bulk to his physique, but insists he’s retained his quickness. That would allow him to better defend against Velasquez’s take-down attempts while allowing him to still throw with frightening power.

Velasquez may take him down, dos Santos conceded, and may even take him down repeatedly. But dos Santos knows the one thing that every knockout puncher knows: He won’t have to land more than one shot in order to win.

That’s the intrigue in this fight: Velasquez may be better than he was in their first meeting. He may even be far better than he was in November 2011.

He might dominate the majority of the fight Saturday. But one right hand is all that dos Santos needs.

Dos Santos knows it. White knows it. And most of all, Velasquez knows it.

In a combat sport, that one-punch power is always the biggest difference maker. Dos Santos recently earned his jiu-jitsu black belt and refers to himself not as a striker but as “a total mixed martial artist.”

But it’s his knockout power that has the potential to not only end the night early a second time but to finally – finally – give dos Santos the credit he deserves.

Vengeful Cain Velasquez looking for redemption against Junior dos Santos at UFC 155

by Kevin Iole

LAS VEGAS – Cain Velasquez’s rage has barely subsided some 13 months after losing the UFC heavyweight championship to Junior dos Santos.

Cain Velasquez weighs in for his UFC on Fox title defense against Junior dos Santos.

After he pummeled Brock Lesnar to win the title at UFC 121 in 2010, there was good reason to believe Velasquez might set some sort of longevity record as heavyweight champion.

He wasn’t just winning fights; he was assaulting his opponents. He was one of the UFC’s best-conditioned athletes, if not its best. He punched ridiculously hard and was stunningly quick for a guy who weighed 240 pounds. Clearly, his wrestling was elite.

That combination led to a lot of battered and beaten opponents and all sorts of predictions of greatness for Velasquez.

Today, though, he’s a former champion, and it clearly doesn’t sit well with him. He’s had to recount his stunning loss over and over, frequently doing so through clenched teeth.

As the rematch with dos Santos has inched closer, his answers to the questions about what happened at UFC on Fox 1 have become far more curt.

“I didn’t execute,” he said. “I didn’t fight with the urgency I needed to fight with.”

It’s a pretty good bet that he’ll fight with urgency when he challenges dos Santos for the belt at the MGM Grand Garden on Saturday.

He gave a glimpse of his mindset in May when he tore apart Antonio “Big Foot” Silva. Velasquez savagely beat Silva, blistering him with elbows and punches and turning him into a bloody mess that wasn’t for those with queasy stomachs.

When the fight was stopped, there was little celebration by Velasquez. It was simply a step toward getting back to where he wanted to be. He was sick of hearing “former champion” in front of his name and battering Silva was just a step toward accomplishing that goal.

Much is being made of Velasquez’s knee injury prior to the first fight with dos Santos, some of that fueled by Velasquez himself when he released a video of the injury.

As fight time approaches, though, he’s refused to make much of it other than to acknowledge he wasn’t able to train like he needed to in order to retain his belt.

He could have pulled out, though it would have been a difficult choice because the fight was the UFC’s first on Fox and perhaps was more heavily hyped than any MMA fight in history.

Cain Velasquez left Antonio Silva a bloody mess after their fight at UFC 146. (UFC)

Given his wrestling base and his need to be able to use his legs to explode into his takedowns, perhaps it would have been wise to postpone the fight.

He made the decision to fight and the results are what they are. He’s not eager to revisit it.

Clearly, had he known then what he knows now, he wouldn’t have fought. It does him little good to talk about it, though it’s one of the primary issues heading into Saturday’s rematch.

“I made the decision I made and I have to live with the consequences of it,” he said. “I’ve moved on.”

So he says. But everything about Velasquez says that he hasn’t, that he’s watched the replay in his mind over and over. The vision of dos Santos’ right hand landing behind his ear and stealing his equilibrium is on repeat in his brain.

It takes a world-class athlete to claim a UFC belt. But it takes a special one to regroup and regain a title.

“I got into this sport to be the best and I’ve never lost that feeling,” he said. “I believe I’m the best and I have to go out there and fight like it.”

It’s been a long 13 months for Velasquez and the challenge ahead of him is immense.

If he shows the same fury and urgency in the cage that he’s shown in his public appearances since losing the belt, he might join Randy Couture, Frank Mir and Tim Sylvia as the only men to lose and then later regain the heavyweight title.


Pacquiao-Mayweather superfight dream dies as Juan Manuel Marquez gets closure against rival

by Kevin Iole

LAS VEGAS – Juan Manuel Marquez carried more than eight years of frustration, disappointment and anger with him when he got into the ring with Manny Pacquiao on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden.

After losing two and drawing one in three fights he had a right to believe he won, the bigger and stronger version of Marquez left no doubt this time around.

He concluded one of the year’s best fights in stunningly brutal fashion, catching Pacquiao on the chin with a perfectly placed counter right hand, knocking the Filipino superstar out cold at 2:59 of the sixth round before an arena packed with his delirious fans.

It was the same right hand that Marquez landed repeatedly in their first three fights, shots that did little damage to Pacquiao. But after a year of building his body with conditioning coach Angel Guillermo “Memo” Heredia, Marquez had the zip he needed on his fastball to get the job done.

Juan Manuel Marquez celebrates his win over Manny Pacquiao. (AP)

Juan Manuel Marquez celebrates his win over Manny Pacquiao. (AP)

“We knew he was going to come out aggressive, so we had a fight plan that was more technique and we were able to capitalize on it,” said Marquez, who broke his nose from a Pacquiao left.

As Pacquiao lay prone on the mat and Marquez and his fans celebrated, somewhere, Floyd Mayweather Jr. had to be kicking himself. The world’s top boxer failed to sign a fight with Pacquiao that would have been the richest bout of all-time, haggling over seemingly minor issues with so much money at stake.

While it’s not out of the question that Mayweather and Pacquiao could still fight, the bout will never have the kind of luster it had when they were 1-2 in the rankings and both seemingly invincible.

Mayweather’s one-time close friend, hip hop star Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, knew as referee Kenny Bayless attended to Pacquiao that it was equivalent to flushing millions down the drain.

“That was a lot of money [going away],” he said.

The knockout also will be sure to raise numerous questions about how Marquez got so much bigger. Heredia is an admitted steroids dealer whose testimony during the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative case put track coach Trevor Graham in jail.

Marquez defiantly insisted all week that his work was natural, and he didn’t address it on Saturday.

Rather, he was in the mood for a celebration after the biggest win of a sensational career. Marquez has been among the world’s elite fighters for at least the past 15 years, but he’s been forced to take a backseat, first to Mexican stars such as Marco Antonio Barrera and Erik Morales and later to Pacquiao.

Few fighters were as skilled and technically sound, but he didn’t capture the imagination of the fans the way his rivals did.

But on Saturday, when he ended a sensational back-and-forth battle in which both men had been hurt and hit the canvas, they were jubilantly on his side.

The fighters were true to their pre-fight promises to attack. Pacquiao made an adjustment and was able to keep his lead foot on the outside of Marquez’s lead foot. As a result, Pacquiao was able to rake Marquez with a series of hard straight lefts.

Referee Kenny Bayless calls the fight as he kneels over Manny Pacquiao. (AP)

Referee Kenny Bayless calls the fight as he kneels over Manny Pacquiao. (AP)

When Marquez went down in the fifth round, it was the fifth time in the four fights Pacquiao had decked him.

This time, though, there was a difference. Marquez had the ability to blunt Pacquiao’s attack with power of his own, which he lacked the first three fights.

He floored Pacquiao in the third with a right hand and wobbled him several other times.

And even though Pacquiao was ahead on the scorecards – all three judges had it 47-46 for Pacquiao – Marquez was always confident.

“I never thought he was going to beat me,” Marquez said. “I was coming strong. He connected with me hard, he got me good, but I was falling. But I was ready to push hard through the later rounds.”

Pacquiao didn’t show for the post-fight news conference. He walked out of the arena under his own power, but was taken to a local hospital for a CAT scan. The scan came back negative.

In the ring after the fight, he said simply, “I got hit with a punch I didn’t see.”

Pacquiao seemed to have Marquez reeling as the sixth was winding down. He missed a right hand and Marquez delivered the shot that landed right on the button.

“Manny was fighting a good fight and he ran into one,” promoter Bob Arum said. “No excuses.”

And also, no big payday for a fight with Mayweather. Arum said fans would still want to see a Pacquiao-Mayweather fight, given how exciting Pacquiao was on Saturday, and that’s probably true.

It won’t, however, be nearly the same. The stakes won’t be the nearly as high and the potential revenue the fight generates will be a fraction of what it could have been.

Juan Manuel Marquez connects against Manny Pacquiao. (AP)

Juan Manuel Marquez connects against Manny Pacquiao. (AP)

Marquez, though, cared about none of that. After such a bruising battle, he didn’t want to consider any possibility about boxing, including a fight with Mayweather.

“As far as my future, what is coming, I don’t want to even think about it,” Marquez said. “I want to go home and get some rest and celebrate with my family. I don’t want to even think about who I might fight next.”

There is no word on what Pacquiao may do next, but the sad news is that the dreams of a mega-fight with Mayweather fizzled away as Pacquiao laid knocked out face first on the mat.

That one punch ended eight years of frustration for one man while destroying the dream of a fight that should have been made but was not.