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Shock after Pacquiao KO

2012-12-09 14:31

Manila - The Philippines reacted with shock and sadness on Sunday after national boxing hero Manny Pacquiao was knocked out by Mexican Juan Manuel Marquez in a fight in Las Vegas.

From the highest corners of government to the man on the street, Pacquiao's defeat dampened spirits already weighed down in a country dealing with a killer typhoon that left 1 300 dead or missing this week.

VIDEO: Manny Pacquiao hits the canvas

In the fighter's hometown of General Santos City, in the southern Philippines, where the fight was broadcast live in several public stadiums, shocked viewers reacted with stunned silence after Pacquiao fell in the sixth round before a raucous 16,000-strong crowd at the MGM Grand Garden arena.

"We were all silent because we were unsure what happened. He was unconscious for so long," said businessman Jun Bayonico, 51, who watched the fight live with friends and relatives.

"For so many years, he was our idol. We were saddened by what happened but maybe this is a sign he should retire. It would have been better if he retired as a winner," he added.

The 39-year-old Marquez sent down Pacquiao, 33, face first to the canvas with a right hand with one second left of the round to win their welterweight fight - their fourth meeting - late on Saturday in the US city.

President Benigno Aquino's spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said despite the defeat, the country would not turn its back on the superstar fighter who has won world titles in an unprecedented eight weight divisions.

"Nothing will change. The people of the Philippines will continue to support Manny. We join them in praying for the return of his strength and determination," Lacierda said in a statement.

Vice President Jejomar Binay also quickly declared his confidence that Pacquiao, who has parlayed his boxing championships into a showbiz career and election to parliament, would surely make a comeback.

"I am certain that Manny will rise from this adversity a better and stronger person," he said in a statement.

Boxing analyst Ronnie Nathanielz, in an interview with DZMM radio station, said Pacquiao's strategy to abandon his usual strength and conditioning training was to blame for the loss.

He also said Pacquiao giving up his usual pre-fight ritual - wearing a rosary to the ring - may have also had an effect on the fighter, a devout Christian.

Pacquiao had hoped to win a definitive victory over Marquez after three previous encounters that resulted in one draw and close victories for Pacquiao.

In his previous fight, Pacquiao lost the World Boxing Organisation welterweight title in June to Tim Bradley in a controversial split decision.

There have been questions about Pacquiao's focus on his boxing in recent years as he had to deal with his duties as a congressman, host of a TV game show, a bible preacher and pitchman for various products.

AFP

Comments
  • gert.swart.393 - 2012-12-09 14:39

    Pacquiao was looking good. He was taking Marquez apart when he walked into that right. That is how boxing goes.

  • mdu.s.khumalo - 2012-12-09 15:30

    He really doesn't know what hit him,

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-12-09 15:45

    As a boxing fan I'm disappointed that Pac-man never squared off with Mayweather. It's too late now he shoud not have lost against Marquez but geez what a right!!.The writing was on the wall with the 1st knock down though.... Anyone know if F money M has been released from prison yet?

      manuel.p.quintino - 2012-12-09 16:15

      Mayweather was released from prison. I am still upset about Pacquiao's loss!

      manuel.p.quintino - 2012-12-09 16:15

      Mayweather was released from prison. I am still upset about Pacquiao's loss!

  • Litha Thando Yono Ka-Zola - 2012-12-09 16:21

    Pacman has always been too square when delivering straight punches,he's always been there for the taking. That is why Marquez was successful counter punching in all their previous fights. Sad though,now he will never fight Maywther,it seems. Maywether jr, irritating as he is, is simply in a class of his own,Pacman would be massacred..

  • nora.alfiler - 2012-12-09 16:23

    IT WAS SPECTACULAR GREAT FIGHT " TSUNAMI WIN FOR MARQUEZ" NOW ENDS ALL THE ARGUMENTS & CONTROVERSY WHO THE REAL BOXING CHAMPION I FEEL BAD FOR HIS FILIPINOS FANS IM ALSO A FIL. I USED TO SUPPORT HIM UNTIL HE USED HIS CHAMPIONSHIP POPULARITY TO BEING A MILITARY OFFICER,CAMPAINING FOR LAS VEGAS MAYOR AND DOING BEYOND HIS LIMITS I STOP LIKING HIM AFRAID HE NEXT RUN FOR PRESIDENCY AND I KNOW HOW MOST FILIPINOS SELLING THEIR VOTES FOR MONEY ALL THAT. THE BOTTOMLINE IS MARQUEZ WAS THE REAL CHAMPION CLEARLY PROVEN FROM LAST NIGHT. HOPE PACMAN WILL REGAIN HIS SPIRIT BACK TO NORMAL SOON BUT LAY LOW PLEASE HOPING HE WILL .STAY AWAY FROM MOVIES AND PRES. I STILL HONOR HIM FROM HIS PAST VICTORIES BUT THIS SHOULD BE A WAKE UP CALL FOR HIS ARROGANTS.

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-12-09 16:25

    Papa Roach moet ook nou retire asseblief!!!!!!

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-12-10 09:10

    Mayweather is a trashy wife beater. Hope someone knocks the shyte out of him Juan day. hehe.

  • charlene.casquilho - 2012-12-10 10:45

    he underestimated marquez...kept walking into his right hand as jy gemoer is, is jy gemoer

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