In the rematch, both fighters stood toe-to-toe and traded heavy shots from the opening bell. Marquez was nearly knocked down in round three but came back strong later in the same round. Soon thereafter, Vazquez was bleeding from deep cuts over each eye and Marquez was cut under his right eye.
To the delight of fight fans, both men favored offense over defense and tried to impose their will on the other. Marquez displayed slightly quicker hands while Vazquez relied on a slight edge in power. In the end, power was the difference as Vazquez dropped Marquez with a big left hook early in round six. Marquez easily beat the count but continued to absorb punishment. Despite unsteady legs, Marquez was throwing punches and seemed capable of continuing when referee Guadalupe Garcia jumped in to stop the fight at 1:16 of the sixth.
Neither Marquez nor his corner protested the stoppage initially. However, in the post-fight interview shortly thereafter, Marquez complained that the stoppage was premature. He appeared on his way to getting knocked out but he does have a case.
Good news for fight fans: Both Vazquez and Marquez said they're ready for a third and deciding fight.
Elsewhere: WBC lightweight champ David Diaz (33-1-1) retained his title with a narrow but unanimous decision over former champ Erik Morales (48-6). Morales scored the fight's only knock down, dropping Diaz with a right in round one. In the end, however, all three judges gave the dge to Diaz by scores of 114-113, 115-112 and 115-113. After the fight, the 30-year old Morales said he believes this was his final fight. Morales is a future Hall of Famer and has nothing left to prove. Nevertheless, even after four straight losses, it remains to be seen whether he can stay retired.