Pacquiao sparring partner loses title bout
MANILA, Philippines - Manny Pacquiao's sparring partner, Jorge Linares, failed to capture the vacant WBC junior welterweight title as he lost to Antonio DeMarco via technical knockout in the 11th round.
According to RingTV.com, Linares was leading in all the judges' scorecards after 10 rounds, 99-91, 98-92, and 98-92.
The stronger DeMarco took control in the pivotal 11th round, however, tagging Linares with a flurry of hard punches. Referee Raul Caiz stopped the fight when Linares was unable to answer DeMarco's attack.
The Venezuelan Linares was bleeding heavily from a broken nose after the bout.
Linares had sparred with Pacquiao during the Filipino champion's training camp in Baguio and was hoping to fight Mexico's Erik Morales next year.
But with the stunning loss, Linares is now looking for a rematch against DeMarco.
"It was a head butt that broke my nose," he said after the match. "The blood really bothered me, and I couldn't see. It was a big factor in the fight. I did the best I could, I think I dominated the fight with my speed and technique but I couldn't see. I want the rematch."
Linares' record drops to 31 wins and 2 losses.