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Juan Manuel Márquez Looks to Future After Knocking Out Manny Pacquiao

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It looked like the end, but, this being boxing, it could just be the start of something new: for Manny Pacquiao, even though devastatingly knocked out, for Juan Manuel Márquez, who destroyed him in front of a disbelieving audience at the MGM Grand, and for the man who is never far from the epicentre of the business, Floyd Mayweather Jnr.

Ailing Chelsea Must Try to Turn Japanese Adventure to Their Advantage

Sunset in Tokyo, Japan

Too much about Chelsea's campaign has felt depressingly familiar, from a prolonged slump as winter sets in to the brutal sacking of the manager, so there might be something refreshing about a step into the unknown. At around six o'clock local time on Sunday, Rafael Benítez and his players will touch down at Narita airport outside Tokyo seeking respite from recent toils, the week ahead offering the ailing European Cup winners the chance of world domination. The mid-season fillip has to be seized.

Juan Manuel Márquez Knocks Out Manny Pacquiao

Boxing Gloves

When Juan Manuel Marquez drilled a foot-long right of brain-numbing power on to the unprotected chin of Manny Pacquiao in the penultimate second of the sixth round of their fourth contest, leaving him sprawled face first in a twitching heap, he surely levelled the ledger between them – although there might be more life in this rivalry yet.

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