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Pacquiao: I’m fine, I’ll be back to fight again

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Pacquiao – I’ll be back. INQUIRER File Photo

LAS VEGAS—He’ll be back. That’s the assurance Manny Pacquiao gave to his fans and countrymen following a harrowing knockout loss to Mexican nemesis Juan Manuel Marquez Saturday night.

The statement sent to Filipino sportswriters past midnight here reads:

“First and foremost I would like to thank God for keeping Juan Manuel Marquez and me safe during our fight on Saturday night. I want to congratulate Juan Manuel. I have no excuses. It was a good fight and he deserved the victory. I think boxing fans who watched us were winners, too.

“To all my fans, I would like to thank you for your prayers and assure you that I am fine. I am looking forward to a nice rest and then I will be back to fight.

“On behalf of Jinkee and our family we would like to wish everyone a joyous Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.”

Following the savage knockout that matched his two-round demolition of Briton Ricky Hatton in May 2009, Pacquiao made a precautionary visit to University Medical Center, according to his adviser Michael Koncz.

“Manny was given a CT scan and the results were negative,” added Koncz. “We were in and out in just over an hour and Manny was in excellent spirits.”

After getting the medical clearance, Pacquiao returned to his penthouse suite in the hotel for dinner.

They then viewed his fourth fight against Marquez.

As the DVD played, Pacquiao announced: “Spoiler alert. I don’t think you are going to like how this ends!”

In a consensus Fight of the Year candidate, Pacquiao was ahead on all scorecards, 47-46, when he was knocked out cold by Marquez with a right straight to the jaw with just a second left in the sixth round.

The loss, of course, was painful.

But as far as Pacquiao is concerned, what happened was the will of God.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/levi.velasco.3 Levi Velasco

    You really are a good sportsman, a model of those who doesn’t know how to accept defeat, like Marquez. From the point of majority, you are still the best! But, correction my friend, it is not a lucky punch! Next time, don’t be so careless. Watch Anderson and Chael 2 fight and learn a lesson. Think it over amigo! Be water my friend! 

  • lintangbedol

    if you fight again,ask an advice from george foreman. he’s a pastor

  • randyaltarejos

    YES, YOU’RE RIGHT. BUT I GUESS YOU HAVE TO RECOMPOSE YOURSELF AGAIN. TRY TO GET RID OF TOO MANY DISTRACTIONS AROUND YOU. WHAT YOU NEED, I THINK, IS TO REFOCUS ON WHAT YOU’RE DOING DURING TRAINING. I DON’T THINK YOU NEED A BATTALION OF PEOPLE AROUND YOU EVERY TIME YOU SWEAT IT OUT.

  • zeroko

    That’s the right spirit! Fight! Get back the crown!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/35GJDJ6AODL5HLMONR2MANJW6M reasonable56

    he should now retire before it’s too late….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/JC2BGEUL44F6FSHVJYDBUW7JLI Ric

    Pacquiao……nag “burned again” kasi…

  • Henry Lamparas

    That is what happenned when you no longer wear with you the protection from all evil,,the sign of the cross! Wag kang magpadala sa mga taong dumating lng sa buhay mo dahil meron ka ng yaman at ung tinalikuran mong bilang isang katoliko na parating nag.gagabay sau at pinaprotektahan ka lage sa lahat ng laban mo simula pa ng walang wla ka..at ngayong meron ka na, ay basta basta mo na lng talikuran ang ating mahal na ina at ang proteksyon na dala ng cross na parati mong sinusout lage…

    • Emmanuel Anajao

      Henry, you are committing a fallacy of false cause. Manny’s faith has nothing to do with his utter defeat by Juan Manuel Marquez. Have you been at the Logic class?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/Z5LTX3ZBWS4A3SIR6B6WF3STVE jon

         emmanuel, Manny was ahead on the scorecards. Some analysts said Manny showed his best against Marquez in this 4th fight. He dominated Marquez who has a broken nose and has difficulty breathing. Marquez was ready to be knocked out. Yet it was Manny who was knocked out cold. There was no logic in it. But there is a supernatural dimension to it. The rosary is a treasure of graces. The holy mass is the source of grace. Manny abandoned these and was disgraced.



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