MGM Grand, Las Vegas, NVManny Pacquiao (54-4-2) vs. Juan Manuel Marquez (54-6-1)Boxing 360’s pick: Three fights. Three inconclusive battles. Marquez is getting bigger. Manny is getting slower. This could be a battle for the ages. Give us Pacquiao in one last glorious stand as he knocks out Marquez late.Miguel Vazquez (32-3) vs. Mercito Gesta (26-0-1)Boxing 360’s pick: This is Gesta’s time to shine. He has been dying for a shot at the big time and now he gets it. Gesta over the offensively inactive Garcia by unanimous decision.Yuriorkis Gamboa (21-0) vs. Michael Farenas (34-3-4)
Professional boxing, or prizefighting, emerged in the early twentieth century as boxing gradually attained legitimacy and became a regulated, sanctioned sport. Professional boxing bouts are fought for a purse which is divided between the boxers as determined by contract. Most professional boxing bouts are supervised by a regulatory authority to guarantee the fighters’ safety. Most high-profile bouts obtain the endorsement of a sanctioning body, which awards championship belts, establishes rules, and assigns its own judges and referee. Professional boxing bouts are typically much longer than amateur bouts, and can last up to twelve rounds, though less significant fights can be as short as four rounds. Protective headgear is not permitted, and boxers are generally allowed to take substantial punishment before a fight is halted. Pro boxing has enjoyed a much higher profile than amateur boxing throughout the twentieth century and beyond.