VIDEO: Joe Rogan Ruthlessly Trolled Manny Pacquiao for Getting “Starched” Against Juan Manuel Marquez

Published 12/26/2021, 6:00 AM EST


The only eight-division world champion, Manny Pacquiao, has several highlight-reel moments to cherish in his glittery career. However, he has also suffered a few losses that looked really bad for him. One such defeat came in 2012 when ‘Pac-Man’ battled Juan Manuel Márquez for the fourth time.

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Following one draw and two wins in the first three fights, Pacquiao lost the final outing against Marquez and ended up getting KO’d in round six. It happened at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, which earned Marquez the knockout of the year by Ring Magazine.

Almost a decade later, Joe Rogan has revealed his opinion on the fight while discussing abut the PED’s and weight changes. In interaction with Brendan Schaub on his podcast, Rogan seemingly ridiculed Pacquiao’s defeat and threw shades of PED accusations.

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Joe Rogan said, “The big one was Manny [Pacquiao]. Manny was the one that everybody was always accusing, and Manny was the first. I mean, Manny went up eight weight classes (laughs) and kept his knockout power.”

“Crazy, I mean, and kept the knockout power and most people thought Manny was on PED and then they thought Manny got off PEDs when he fought Juan Manuel Marquez and he got starched.”

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It was Pacquiao’s second loss in a row and had him in massive turmoil back then. But the Filipino legend revived in style and scored three back-to-back wins before generating the richest fight in boxing history against Floyd Mayweather in 2015. Pacquiao lost the clash against Mayweather but spun over $100 million in one night.

How bad did Manny Pacquiao look against Marquez?

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In a career of 62 wins, 8 losses and 2 draws, Manny Pacquiao has been stopped thrice. Two of them are KOs with one technical knockout. But none of them were as terrible as the Marquez loss. While Pacquiao was already dominating the high-voltage fight, none had predicted him to lose. Well, all it takes is one punch and Marquez replicated the same in-ring.

With just seconds left in round six, Marquez landed his best and fed ‘Pac-Man’ to the canvas. Pacquiao couldn’t even continue after that and the highlight-reel KO was heard all over the world. It is arguably the scratchiest defeat of Pacquiao’s career, which he has accepted wholeheartedly.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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