Marquez dominates Diaz to keep titles

THE SPORTS NETWORK

, Last Updated: 11:23 AM ET

LAS VEGAS, NV - Juan Manuel Marquez dominated Juan Diaz and retained his WBO and WBA lightweight titles with a 12-round unanimous decision Saturday night.

Marquez (51-5-1), who was coming off a loss last September to Floyd Mayweather Jr., won by scores of 118-110, 117-111 and 116-112. He connected on nearly 43 percent of his punches to just 27 percent for Diaz (35-4) in the rematch. Diaz, who has lost in four of his last six bouts, was beaten by Marquez on February 28, 2009 via ninth-round TKO.

In the second version, Marquez continued to land big shots as evidenced by a huge right hand/left hook combination near the end of round three and a giant left uppercut to the chin midway through round four.

By the end of the fight, Diaz was left with blood coming from his mouth and was clearly beaten in possibly his last bout as he focuses on a career in law.

On the undercard, Dmitry Pirog (17-0, 14 KOs) of Russia shocked Daniel Jacobs (20-1) with a fifth-round technical knockout to capture the vacant WBO middleweight title. Pirog used a strong right hand to nail Jacobs on the cheek, knocking him to the canvas. The bout was stopped 57 seconds into round five.


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